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MSc Economic History (Research)

A programme to develop the enhanced research skills valuable for those wishing to proceed to a research degree

The MSc Economic History (Research) provides the essential training and skills needed to pursue research in any aspect of economic history.

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 choose one or more research training courses and a compulsory economic history course, as well as taking a core course focused on major theories and approaches in the field. An important component of the programme consists in the completion of a major research 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.

This research track can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as the first year of a research degree, followed by 3–4 years of MPhil/PhD, which would then make it eligible for ESRC funding. You should indicate in your personal statement if you wish to be considered for the 1+3 programme. 

Teaching and Learning

The degree is a twelve month programme, consisting of two compulsory half units, a compulsory dissertation (which counts as two units), and optional courses to the value of two units selected from the prescribed list, which must include at least one of our advanced survey courses on modern or pre-modern economic history.  The training responds to the need for enhanced research skills and is designed to prepare those wishing to proceed to research degrees.

Student Profile

The programme is addressed to those who have studied history, economics or any related discipline or social science at the first degree level and now wish to specialize in research in economic history. 

You will therefore 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 responds to labour market requirements for enhanced research skills and is designed to be valuable to those proceeding to research degrees and university teaching, as well as to those who intend to pursue careers in the public service, finance, industry, commerce, education, the media or law. The programme also aims to meet the needs of mid-career professionals who would like to refresh their research skills and understanding of the subject.

The MSc Economic History (Research) Handbook is available here

Programme Structure

Full-year, five unit programme. Students must take two compulsory half-unit courses, optional courses to the value of two units and a dissertation (which counts as two units) as shown.

(H = half-unit)
(N/a = not available)

Course videos can be found here.

1a  EH401 Historical Analysis of Economic Change (H)

1b One of the following:
EH402 Quantitative Analysis in Economic History I (H)
EH426L Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II (H) 
EH426M Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH427 Topics in Quantitative Analysis in Economic History (H)

Courses to the value of one unit from the following:

EH430  Monetary and Financial History
EH446  Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia 
EH454 Human Health in History (n/a 22-23)
EH476  The Economic History of War (n/a 22-23)
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
EC465 Economic Growth, Development, and Capitalism in Historical Perspective‡

3 Either another paper from 2 above OR two half-units from below:

EH404  India and the World Economy (H)
EH409 Chinese Economic History: Culture, Institutions and Economic Growth (H)
EH413  African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H) 
EH421 Economic History of Colonialism (H)
EH423  Japan and Korea as Developing Economies (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH426L Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II (H) 
EH426M Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH427 Topics in Quantitative Analysis in Economic History (H)
EH428 History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H)
EH431 Women in Economic History (H) New for 22-23
EH432 Economic History and Geography: Advanced Topics and Methods (H) New for 22-23 (guide to be available shortly)
EH436 Economic History of The Early Modern New World (The Americas) (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH457 Living Standards since the Industrial Revolution: The British Experience c. 1750-2000 (H)
EH463 The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)
EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c1600-1860 (H) (n/a 21-22)
LL4CB Modern Legal History: Private Law and the Economy 1750-1950 (n/a 20-21)  

4 & 5 Dissertation which is assessed as:

EH496 Research Dissertation A: Contextualisation, Theory and Research Design and
EH497 Research Dissertation B: Implementation: Evidence, Analysis and Contribution

‡ Any student wishing to take EC465 must successfully complete EC400.


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


Economic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science