UCAS code: L140
Programme requirement: A level Mathematics is required. A level Economics is not essential. Further Mathematics taken at A level is strongly preferred and is seen as an additional or fourth subject. Thus a combination of Mathematics, Further Mathematics and one other subject is not seen as providing the required breadth of knowledge and skills. No other specific subjects are required at A level, but we prefer traditional academic subjects to subjects such as Communication Studies, Accounting, Business Studies or Media Studies. An attractive selection of courses might be Mathematics and at least one physical science
Usual standard offer: For students taking three A levels: grades A* A A, with A* in Mathematics. For students taking four or more A levels: grades A*A A plus a pass in a fourth A level, with an A* in Mathematics. Students taking Further Mathematics to AS level only will be required to achieve grade A
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 lse.ac.uk/ugAdmissionsCriteria
Applications 2013: 176
First year students 2013: 1
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.
In the first year you will take compulsory courses in economics, mathematics and statistics. This is the foundation upon which the rest of your studies will be based. You have the choice of either Economics A or Economics B. Economics A provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject. Economics B is an introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Mathematical Methods is an introductory level course for those who wish to use mathematics seriously in social science, or in any other context. Elementary Statistical Theory provides a precise and accurate treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques. A fourth course may be chosen from the wide range of options offered by other departments across LSE.
Second and third years
The second year includes compulsory courses in both microeconomics (the study of households and firms) and econometrics (the study of statistical methods applied to economics). In addition, students have a choice between macroeconomics and a mathematics course, and between statistics and a course chosen from a long list of options from other departments. Principles of Econometrics is an intermediate-level introduction to the theory and practice of econometrics. Microeconomic Principles II covers areas similar to Microeconomic Principles I but with greater depth and a number of additional topics. You have the choice of either Macroeconomic Principles, an intermediate course in macroeconomic analysis or a course in mathematics. You also have the choice of either Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference, which covers the probability, distribution theory and statistical inference needed for third year courses or an outside option.
The third year gives opportunity for further specialisation, according to individual interests. Some students are most interested in applied econometrics, some in theoretical econometrics, and some in mathematical economics. You have the choice of either Economic Theory, or Economic Theory and its Applications or Problems of Applied Econometrics. Econometric Theory gives an introduction to the asymptotic theory of estimation and inference of economic models. Economic Theory and its Applications reviews fundamental concepts in economic theory and presents some of its most successful applications. Problems of Applied Econometrics provides a solid grounding in recent developments in applied econometrics. In addition, two other courses are chosen from a wide range taught by the Economics Department and other departments. Students also complete a project in quantitative economics, on a topic of their choosing. This involves obtaining and analysing data to answer a question of economic interest. Students are supervised by a member of staff and find this an enjoyable element of the course. The quantitative project provides excellent training for practical work in future employment or research.