Information regarding the PhD Economics for Students Entering MRes Registration in or after 2015
A PhD in Economics from the LSE consists of two years of coursework through the MRes component, followed by a thesis which is expected to take either three or four years. The coursework requirement involves accumulating six credits; three for PhD-level core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, two for field courses and the sixth by writing a supervised research paper. Upon passing the regulations pertaining to upgrading to PhD registration, you are also required to take a further field course.
In the first year of the programme you will take advanced core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and analytical techniques necessary for research.
In the second year, you will typically take two field courses and write a research paper in your major field. Currently, there are field courses covering: microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, financial markets, and international, labour, public, industrial, political, and development economics. From the second year onwards, you will also participate in a Departmental research seminar and a work in progress seminar allied to your research field.
All students are required to attend the September Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics in year one.
Students are registered as MRes students in both years of the taught programme.
Upon passing the regulations pertaining to upgrading to PhD registration, you are required to work on your research and write a PhD thesis. In addition you are required to take one further field course.