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MSc Economic History

A broad training in social science research methods and their application to historical study



The MSc Economic History provides a historical and interdisciplinary perspective on important economic problems such as the causes of long-run economic development, the expansion of businesses and financial markets, the role of the government in the economy and the origins of globalization.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of elective courses in economic history, allowing you to compile a programme according to your interests and career goals. You will also complete a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

Economic history combines the skills of the economist and statistician with those of the historian, political scientist and sociologist. The programme provides a broad training in social science research methods and their application to historical study, including the role of theory, evaluation, analysis and explanation, quantitative techniques and computing, the use of sources and presentational skills. 

Student Profile

The programme is addressed at those who have studied history, economics or any related discipline or social science at the first degree level.

You will leave the programme with a portfolio of highly transferable skills that can be applied across a wide variety of employment sectors. This rigorous academic training is designed to be especially valuable to those who intend to pursue careers in the public service, finance, industry, commerce, education, the media or law. 

Teaching and Learning

The degree is a twelve month programme, consisting of one compulsory half-unit, a compulsory dissertation (half or full unit), and optional courses to the value of two and a half or three units selected from the prescribed list, which must include at least one of our advanced survey courses on modern or pre-modern economic history.


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the MSc Economic History programme is an Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in a social science.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

If you have studied or are studying outside of the UK, please consult the Information for International Students

Programme Structure

Full-year programme. Students must take compulsory courses to the value of 1.5 units, and either optional courses to the value of two units and a half-unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of 1.5 units and a full unit dissertation.

Part Time students should take 2 units in both years of their programme. Minor adjustments to this course load may be permitted depending on which dissertation is chosen. EH401 must be taken in Y1 of the programme.

(0.5 = Half unit)
(N/A = not available)

Paper 1

EH401 Historical Analysis of Economic Change (0.5)

Paper 2

EH482 The Origins of the World Economy: Europe and Asia, 1000-1800


EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries

Paper 3 & 4

EH498 Dissertation (0.5) and courses to the value of 2 units from the papers listed below


EH499 Research Dissertation and courses to the value of 1.5 units from the papers listed below


EC465 Economic Growth, Development, and Capitalism in Historical Perspective

EH402 Quantitative Analysis in Economic History I (0.5)

EH404 India and the World Economy (0.5)

EH409 Chinese Economic History: Culture, Institutions and Economic Growth (0.5)

EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (0.5)

EH421 Economic History of Colonialism (0.5) (N/A 23-24)

EH426L Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II (0.5) (N/A 23-24)*

EH426M Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II (0.5)*

EH427 Topics in Quantitative Analysis in Economc History (0.5)*

EH428 History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (0.5) (N/A 23-24)

EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (0.5)

EH430 Monetary and Financial History*

EH431 Women in Economic History (0.5)

EH432 Economic History and Geography: Advanced Topics and Methods (0.5)*

EH436 Economic History of the Early Modern New World (The Americas) (0.5)

EH441 Macroecnomic History (0.5) (New for 23-24!)

EH442 Labour Markets in Historical Perspective (0.5) (New for 23-24!)

EH443 The History of Premodern Money (0.5) (New for 23-24!)

EH444 Population Dynamics and Economic Growth: A Historical Perspective (0.5) (New for 23-24!)

EH446 Economic Development of East and South East Asia*

EH448 Craft, Human Capital and Innovation in Europe, 1400-1800 (0.5) (New for 23-24!)

EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (0.5)

EH454 Human Health in History (N/A 23-24)

EH457 Living Standards since the Industrial Revolution: The British Experience c. 1750-2000 (0.5) (N/A 23-24)

EH463 The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (0.5)

EH476 The Economic History of War (N/A 23-24)*

EH482 The Origins of the World Economy: Europe and Asia, 1000-1800

EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries

EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters c. 1600-1860 (0.5) (N/A 23-24)

LL4CB Modern Legal History: Private Law and the Economy 1750-1950 (0.5) (N/A 23-24)

*Indicates that the course may have pre-requisites, please consult the course guide for more information.

Students who wish to take EC465 must take and succesfully complete the pre-sessional course EC400. Applications for EC400 must be submitted by the end of June 2023. Full details on this course and how to apply can be found here

We advise that students who wish to take EH499 instead of EH498 should do so with the approval of their academic advisor.


Course Videos

Course videos can be found here.

Programme and School Regulations

Please see the LSE Calendar for full information on programme and school regulations.

MSc Economic History Handbook

You can access the MSc Economic History handbook for 2023/24 here.

 Further Information

How to Apply

How to apply to a Graduate programme at LSE.

Full details on the MSc Economic History programme, including fees information, can be found here.

Financial Support

Please contact the Financial Support Office for more information.

Key Contacts

MSc Programmes Director: Professor Olivier Accominotti

MSc Programmes Officer: Oli Harrison

You can find more information about the profiles of faculty, teaching fellows and graduate teaching assistants in the People section of our webpages.

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Contact us


Professor Olivier Accominotti (MSc Programmes Director) +44 (0)20 7955 6773

Mr Oli Harrison (MSc Programmes Officer) +44 (0)20 7955 7046


Professor Olivier Accominotti

Mr Oli Harrison


Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science