PhD Economics offer holders - new students

(New students who will be attending EC400 Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics)

Welcome to the PhD Economics Offer Holder webpage. We’re thrilled you'll be joining us next academic year. This page provides you with essential information relating to your programme.  

Programme Team

Maitreesh Ghatak

Maitreesh Ghatak, Professor of Economics
MRes/PhD Programme Director

If you have any queries regarding your offer please contact the admissions team at


Emma Taverner
MRes/PhD Programme Manager


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Sarah Burton
Head of Programme Delivery



Admissions Team


Lorna Severn
Graduate Admissions Administrator


Shubhra Mitra

Shubhra Mitra
Graduate Admissions Manager


Whenever you contact LSE, please quote your Applicant ID number and full name (as in your original application); it helps us to quickly identify your record and deal with your query. 

Meeting Conditions

It is vital that you fully read the Graduate Offer Pack, which outlines the various steps that must be taken before registration. See especially Fulfilling conditions attached to your offer/supplying required documents and Visa advice for international students. Any outstanding conditions and documents are also displayed in your LSE for You account; be sure to submit these in good time. You will not be allowed to register unless you have submitted all documentation specified on your offer of admission and all the legal documents (e.g. appropriate ID; Visa (if applicable)) necessary for registration.
Whenever you contact LSE, please quote your Applicant ID number and full name (as in your original application); it helps us to quickly identify your record and deal with your query.



It is important to ensure you begin the visa application process as soon as possible. All students who require a visa should read the guidance on the following LSE website: ISVAT (International Student Visa Advice Team). This website includes an online form where you can submit queries relating to your specific circumstances.

Reading List

Basic reading lists, teaching arrangements and programme regulations for 2022/2023 are published in the Calendar which will be updated for 2023/24 later this summer. Full reading lists are not available until teaching begins.

As an accepted offer-holder, you will be given access at the end of July to a list of pre-readings in mathematics and statistics for the EC400 introductory course. Information on how to access this will be sent to you via an email prompting you to activate your accounts and begin any online quizzes. 

In the meantime, some suggested readings are included below if you would like to begin preparing for EC400 before you receive access:

Recommended Readings 

  • Mathematics for Economists - Carl P. Simon, Lawrence Blume - Google Books. 
  • Chapters 1 – 5 and 9 – 13 of E.T. Dowling, Schaum’s Outline of Theory and Problems of Mathematical Methods for Business and Economics, McGraw Hill, 1993. 
  • Chiang and K. Wainwright, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw-Hill, 2005. 
  • J.H. Stock and M.W. Watson, Introduction to Econometrics, 3rd edn, Chapters 17 and 18, Pearson, 2011. 
  • R.J. Larson, M.L. Marx, Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and its Applications, 4th edn, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2006. 


  • J. Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 5th edn, Chapters 2, 3 and 4, South-Western Cengage Learning, 2012. 

General Economics Readings 

These readings are suggested to give a general background in economics for the MSc programme.


  • Essential Microeconomics, J.G. Riley, 2012 (Cambridge University Press). 


  • Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, D. Acemoglu, 2009 (Princeton University Press). 
  • Lectures in Macroeconomics, O. Blanchard & S. Fischer (MIT Press). 
  • Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics, N. Stokey & R Lucas (Harvard) (useful background for more technical material). 


  • Econometric Analysis by W.H. Greene, 6th edn (Prentice-Hall).


LSE Teaching Timetables can be found on the Student Teaching Timetable webpage. Lectures and classes can take place any time between 9.00-19.00, Monday to Friday. 

Visit LSE Term Dates for term dates, public holidays and School closure dates.

Assessment Criteria/Programme Classification

If you are new to studying in the UK or would like more information on your programme classification, read the Scheme for a Taught Masters Degree: Programmes Comprising Courses to the Value of Five Units. You should also read the MRes/PhD Economics Programme Regulations.

Optional course for MRes Paper 3

Please may we bring your attention to Paper 3 of the first year of the MRes. You will see from the programme regulations that you have the option to take EC443 Econometrics from MRes students OR EC484 Econometric Analysis. It is a pre-requisite for EC484 that students must complete Introductory Course EC451.

EC484 - Students must have completed Introductory Course for MSc EME (EC451).

EC451 takes place prior to the start of Michaelmas Term, please contact for more information. If you're a continuing student please refer to the continuing student guidance.

When contacting us please include a small paragraph explaining why you wish to take EC484, in particular noting anything in your academic background which you think has prepared you to take this course. Please be aware there is no guarantee of you being accepted onto EC484.


Visit LSE Accommodation to discover more and to apply. You are advised to make an early application.


Offer holders should accept the offer of a place on the PhD, only if they already have sufficient funds in place to cover the cost of both the tuition fees and living expenses for the full length of their degree (2 years MRes and 4 years PhD).  Please be aware, the Department of Economics is unable to fund PhD students after they have started their degree. There may be other sources of funding at later stages of the PhD, for example, from teaching or research assistant positions, but these cannot be guaranteed nor can specific amounts (if any) be estimated at this stage.

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