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MSc Global Economic History

The LSE-Leipzig Double Degree in Global Studies and Economic History is an interdisciplinary, research-based programme offered by Leipzig University and LSE.

Teaching and Learning

This is a wide-ranging academic programme which combines global economic history, international studies, area studies, and social science approaches to the study of globalisation processes. You will spend the first year of the programme at our partner institution.

Courses consider the origin and outcomes of distinct patterns of economic growth in various times and parts of the world. The programme also seeks to explain the rise in international economic inequality since the nineteenth century, why the economic growth impulse in modern times was strong in some world regions and weaker in others, and why large parts of the world are still trapped in poverty, stagnation and instability.

Student Profile

The programme is aimed at students with a first degree in social sciences and humanities (including geography, history, literature, anthropology etc) as well as the natural sciences, who are interested in issues of globalisation. Minimum entry requirements are a BA degree (or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution), sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field, and excellent written and oral command of English. Some knowledge of German is also desirable.

Students study for two years, year one in Leipzig and  year two at LSE following the MSc Global Economic History, based in the Department of Economic History.

Applications will be handled by the University of Leipzig.


The MSc Global Economic History Handbook is available here.  

Programme Structure

The LSE-Leipzig Double Degree is a two-year programme. Students attend LSE for their second year and follow the MSc Global Economic History  programme, as follows:

MSc Global Economic History

Full-year programme. Students at LSE for Year 2 must take compulsory courses to the value of 2 units, optional courses to the value of one unit, and a full-unit dissertation. 

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

Course videos can be found here.


Choice of two from: 
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
Any HY400-level course, subject to availability, timetabling and the approval of the programme director.

EH499 Research Dissertation in Economic History and courses to the value of one full unit from the list below.

EH402 Quantitative Analysis in Economic History (H)
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 Economics (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)
EH430 Monetary and Financial History
EH431 Women in Economic History (H) New in 22-23
EH432 Economic History and Geography: Advanced Topics and Methods (H)
EH436 Economic History of The Early Modern New World (The Americas) (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia 
EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (H)
EH454  Human Health in History (n/a 22-23)
EH457  Living Standards since the Industrial Revolution: The British Experience c. 1750-2000 (H) (n/a 22-23)
EH463  The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)
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
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


Economic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science