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MSc Financial History

A programme to develop a solid understanding of international finance and capital markets through the study of their history and an interdisciplinary approach



The MSc Financial History provides students with a historical and interdisciplinary perspective on the main challenges facing the global monetary and financial systems.  Fifteen years of financial turmoil have led to a revival of questions and debates about money and finance and stakeholders as well have realised how a deeper knowledge of financial history can help to better inform and guide the current policy debate.  The MSc Financial History provides students with a historical and interdisciplinary perspective on the main challenges facing the global monetary and financial systems.

The programme allows students from various academic backgrounds (history, finance, economics, or related disciplines) to acquire a deep understanding of the functioning of capital markets and of the conduct of monetary affairs through a historical approach.  It will train you, through the study of financial history, to think critically and deeply about monetary and financial problems.

Teaching and Learning

The degree is a twelve month programme, consisting of a compulsory full-unit core course, a compulsory full-unit dissertation, and semi-core courses to the value of two units.

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. 


The MSc Financial History Handbook is available here.  

Programme Structure

Full-year programme. Students must take the compulsory course to the value of 1.0 unit, semi core courses to the value of 2.0 units, and a full-unit dissertation.

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

Course videos can be found here.

Paper 1  
EH437 History of Global Finance

Paper 2: Choose from
EH438 History of Financial Markets (H), or
EH439 The History of Banking Systems (H)

Paper 3: One from 
EH402 Quantitative Analysis in Economic History I (H)
EH426M (n/a 22-23) or EH426L Quantitative Analysis in Economic History II (H) 
EH427 Topics in Quantitative Analysis in Economic History (H)

Paper 4: One from
FM447 Global Financial Systems
FM472 International Finance
FM473M or FM473L Financial Markets (H)
FM474M or FM474L Managerial Finance (H)

Paper 5: One from
EH438 History of Financial Markets (H) (if not taken under Paper 2)
EH439 The History of Banking Systems (H) (if not take under Paper 2)
IR454 Governing International Political Economy: Lessons from the Past for the Future (H), or

A half-unit option from the list below.

Paper 6:
EH499 Research Dissertation (10,000 words)


EH402 Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History (H) (if not taken under Paper 3)
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)
EH426L Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data (H) 
EH426M Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data (H) (if not taken under Paper 3) (n/a 22-23)
EH427 Quantitative Topics in Economic History II: Time Series and Economic Dynamics (H) (if not taken under Paper 3)
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 22-23)

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