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BSc Economics with Economic History


UCAS code: L1V3

Programme requirement: A level Mathematics is required.Further Mathematics at A or AS level is a valuable indicator of potential for our highly quantitative degrees. However in Economics at LSE we expect it as a fourth subject only, and also welcome applicants with an essay-based A level such as History

Admissions requirements for BSc Economics with Economic History and BSc Economics do not differ, and students may transfer internally between them with relative ease

A level Economics or equivalent is not currently required for any of our Department degrees and the first year Economics course does not assume it at present. However more than 90 per cent of students entering LSE Economics Department degrees have done A level, Singapore Higher or International Baccalaureate Economics. The new syllabi beginning in 2015 for A level Economics, offered by various boards in consultation with university departments, can be particularly recommended as valuable. Note however that where a school only offers combined Economics and Business A level or no Economics at all, LSE will never discriminate against its candidates for our degrees

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

Usual standard offer: For students taking three A levels: grades A* A A, with an 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/ug/apply/ecn

Applications 2014: 53

Second year students 2014: 3

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Two economics options
  • One economic history option
  • One outside option or an economic history dissertation 

This degree programme features economic history as a minor subject. See economic history for other combinations of economics and economic history.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Programme details

First year

In the first year you will take an introductory course in economics, a mathematics course, a statistics course, and an economic history course. 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. The Internationalisation of Economic Growth focuses on the inter-relationships between the development of the international economy and the growth of national economies since the late nineteenth century.

Second and third years

This programme differs from the BSc in Economics in that you are not required to take an econometrics course in the second year, and take fewer economics options in the third year. Two courses in economic history are taken in place of these. You have the choice of either Microeconomic Principles I or Microeconomic Principles II, which deal with microeconomic analysis. Macroeconomic Principles deals with macroeconomic analysis. Theories and Evidence in Economic History examines theories and concepts used in economic history and provides an introduction to the methods used by economic historians to collect evidence and generate inference on relevant historical questions. You also have the choice of one economic history option. In the third year you study two economics options, one economic history option and have the choice of a further outside option or an economic history dissertation.