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Economics is a set of analytical tools to help address the world’s toughest societal problems. A first degree in Economics prepares you for a career in a wide range of employments valuing analytical and quantitative skills, particularly government and central banks, financial services, research, and consulting. But our graduates also take up satisfying and important roles in sectors as diverse as international development, teaching, journalism, and many others. A significant number go on to graduate work.

Our Undergraduate teaching

Undergraduate economics teaching at the LSE blends rigorous training in the traditional tools of economic analysis with innovations in course content and pedagogical approaches. Our course leaders strive to engage students with real world problems and experiment with new approaches to delivery of material or organising learning, while maintaining the rigour traditionally found in the LSE curriculum.  We have introduced many innovations in our teaching practice and endeavour to make our undergraduate course one of the most modern on offer. Examples of this innovation in the core courses of our BSc Economics programme can be found here.


We currently offer three single honours degrees in: Economics; Econometrics and Mathematical Economics; and Economics with Economic History (until 2020/21).

You can also take degrees which combine Economics in various ways with Economic History, Environmental Policy, Geography, Government, Philosophy and Mathematics.

LSE also offers a four-year undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (further information on the BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree), combining the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics. This is run by the Philosophy Department.


Further information

Applying to study an undergraduate course as an intercollegiate student

Students studying at another college within the University of London can apply to study a course (module) at LSE as an intercollegiate student via the School's Intercollegiate Registration webpage (due to be updated for the 2023/24 academic year). Those wishing to study an undergraduate course within the Department of Economics must first complete this form.

Information relating to the first year Economics courses EC100 and EC102

The Department of Economics offers two first year courses: EC100 and EC102. EC100 (Economics A) is for students who do not have A Level Economics or equivalent, while EC102 (Economics B) is for those students who have A Level Economics or equivalent. This split ensures that the EC100 lecturers cover A Level material in sufficient depth, while EC102 lecturers spend less time on A Level material so as to present a broader view of the topics to students. Neither course requires calculus or heavy use of maths.

Students are automatically assigned to either course depending on whether they have A Level Economics or equivalent; students are not able to choose which course to take themselves.

It is important to note that EC100 and EC102 are equally challenging, and that students will emerge from both courses with the same level of knowledge of core material in order to fully participate in any second year micro (EC201 or EC202) and macroeconomics (EC210) courses.

Economics Qualifications considered A Level equivalent:

  • International Baccalaureate, either Higher Level or Standard Level
  • Singapore Highers 2
  • Cambridge Pre-U Certificate
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
  • USA Advanced Placement, Micro + Macro
  • University of London International Foundation Programme
  • University of Warwick International Foundation Programme
  • UCL International Preparatory Certificate
  • NCEA Level 3 Economics
  • HSC Economics (India), Year XI and Year XII (Central Board of Secondary Education)
  • HSC Economics (India), Year XI and Year XII (Indian School Certificate Examinations)
  • NUS High School Diploma

The following Economics qualifications are NOT considered A Level equivalent. They do not give the necessary theoretical foundations, especially in macroeconomics, and therefore students who have studied one of these qualifications will benefit from placement in EC100:

  • Abitur
  • French Baccalaureate
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher)
  • Advanced Scottish Higher (SQA)
  • European Baccalaureate
  • AS Level Economics
  • A Level Economics and Business (now known as Economics B (Edexcel)) 
  • Independent Examinations Board, South Africa, Western Cape
  • Victorian Certificate of Education
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate
  • British Columbia Year 12 Economics
  • All other qualifications not elsewhere specified

We are not able to assign students on the basis of independent study; assignment is done on qualifications awarded from courses or examinations we can assess in detail.

Recognising that the syllabi of Economics qualifications evolve, the Department will consider offering a one-hour examination during Welcome to students who feel strongly that they are misplaced by being assigned to EC100. We continue to underscore the excellence and full value of EC100, and also observe that such a re-assignment is at the student’s own risk. 

If you are concerned about your assignment please contact Dr Judith Shapiro, our Departmental Tutor, in the first instance.

Connections between Year 1 courses and Year 2 Economics courses

Below you will find information about the connections between Year 1 courses and Year 2 Economics courses.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the information on this page please contact Sarah Burton.


EC201 and first year courses

EC202 and first year courses

EC210 and first year courses

EC220-EC221 and first year courses

Further information for prospective students

Programme and School Regulations for undergraduate students  

Undergraduate Open Day

Offer Holders' Day

BSc Offer Holders

General Information about prospective undergraduate students

Current students

Information for current students

This section is aimed at all current academic year undergraduate Economics students. They aim to cover most of the issues which are specific to the Department of Economics. (N.B. On all regulatory and procedural issues, the Student Services Centre website provides the definitive statement.)

If you have a query which is not answered by the relevant pages and links, please contact the Programme Manager, Sarah Burton.


  • Undergraduate courses 
  • EC100-EC102 information (please see link above)
  • Connections between Year 1 and Year 2 Economics courses (please see link above)
  • LSE100

Staff and office hours

You can find more information about the profiles of the faculty, LSE Fellows, Department Teaching Fellows or Graduate Teaching Assistants, in the People section.

For the staff office hours, please click here.

Handbook and related documents


Find information about welcome events for new undergraduate students in the Department of Economics here.

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