BSc Philosophy and Economics|

UCAS code: LV15 BSc/PhilEc

Programme requirement:
A level Mathematics or International Baccalaureate Diploma with 7 in Higher level Mathematics

Usual standard offer:
A level: A A A, to include Mathematics

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (with 7 in Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see|

Applications 2012:

First year students 2012:


This joint degree allows you to study some of the central questions of philosophy alongside core courses in economics. The course in Philosophy of Economics links the two subjects.

First year:



Second year:

Third year:

  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Either an approved course taught outside the Departments of Philosophy and Economics or an approved course from the economics or philosophy option list below
  • An approved course from the economics option list below
  • An approved course from the philosophy option list below

First year

In your first year, you take a core course in economics and a core course in philosophy. Economics B gives you a thorough grounding in basic micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Reason, Knowledge and Values gives a critical introduction to some of the central problems and classic texts of philosophy. You can then take either two half course units of mathematics and statistics (in order to master the basic skills that you will need for core second and third year economics courses) or a full unit of mathematics and a full unit of statistics (in order to provide yourself with a more comprehensive basis for advanced economics courses in your later years). If you take the two half course units of mathematics and statistics, you complete your first year by taking Logic, which introduces the basic system of modern formal logic, including propositional logic, predicate logic and the theory of identity. If you take the full units of mathematics and statistics, then you take Logic in the second year. 

Second and third years

In these years you take the Philosophy of Economics and you have your pick of several philosophy courses. There are also two core courses in economics: Microeconomic Principles (the study of households and firms) and Macroeconomic Principles (the study of unemployment, inflation, the balance of payments, etc). You complete your studies with economics options as outlined above and one further course which may be chosen from any subject at LSE.

Philosophy option list

(* half unit)

It may also be possible to take philosophical courses taught elsewhere in the School, such as:

  • European Literature and Society (taught in the Language Centre but in consultation with Philosophy): Literary treatment of the major philosophical trends of the twentieth century, including the aesthetics of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, the analytical school of Russell, Berlin, the existentialism of Sartre, the paradox of the absurd of Camus, and French and East European Phenomenology. 

Economics option list

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.