BSc Offer Holders 2020/21

Being a part of the Department of Economics fosters a great learning culture, but LSE is more than that – it is the pursuit of balance between academics, society commitments, socials and personal interests that form the lifeblood of LSE, and which truly makes student life invigorating and enriching.

Jason Jia, BSc Economics

BSc Economics/BSc Economics with Economic History

Welcome to the BSc Offer Holder webpage. We’re thrilled you will be joining us next academic year. This page will provide you with essential information relating to your programme.  

Key Programme Dates

Key Programme Dates

21- 25 September 2020 (Week 0, Michaelmas Term)

Welcome events

*Provisional date- TBC* Tuesday 22 September 2020 (10:00am-10:45am)

Registration: BSc in Economics (Surnames A-M) 

*Provisional date- TBC* Tuesday 22 September 2020 (10:45am-11:30am)

Registration: BSc in Economics (Surnames N-Z)

*Provisional date- TBC* Tuesday 22 September 2020 (11:30am-12:00pm)

Registration: BSc in Economics with Economic History

*Provisional date- TBC* Thursday 24 September 2020 (12pm-1pm)

Welcome meeting for 1st year BSc students in the Department of Economics

*Provisional date- TBC* Thursday 24 September 2020 (1pm-2.30pm)

Welcome lunch for 1st year BSc students in the Department of Economics 

*Provisional date- TBC* Thursday 24 September 2020 (2.30pm-4pm)

Course choice meeting for 1st year BSc students in the Department of Economics

Monday 28 September 2020 (Week 1, Michaelmas Term)

Teaching begins

Monday 28 September – Friday 11 December 2020 

Michaelmas Term

Week 0, Lent Term (exact dates TBC)


Monday 18 January – Thursday 1 April 2021 (due to Good Friday holiday on 2 April)

Lent Term

Tuesday 4 May – Friday 18 June 2021

Summer Term

LSE term dates

Programme Team


Lakmini Staskus
Head of Programme Delivery


Sarah Johnson

Sarah Burton
Undergraduate Programme Manager (Maternity Leave)



Rita Nemeth

Rita Nemeth
Undergraduate Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)



Fiona Smith
Undergraduate Programme Assistant


Dimitra Petropoulou

Dr Dimitra Petropoulou
Undergraduate Programme Director
Associate Professorial Lecturer in Economics


Katarzyna Krajniewska
Undergraduate Tutor




Nicolo Rosetti
Undergraduate Tutor




Junius Olivier 
Undergraduate Tutor

Judith Shapiro

Judith Shapiro
Departmental Tutor
Senior Lecturer in Practice


Your registration will take place in September 2020. Registration is compulsory for new students. We'll check your eligibility to study and give you your LSE card. You can read more on New Student Registration for Undergraduates. Also read page 14 of your Offer Pack.

Reading List and Videos

If you would like to gain further insight into what economists study, we suggest looking at one or more of the following popular books or others like them:

A V Banerjee and E Duflo Poor Economics: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, DIY Doctors and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day (Penguin, 2012)

D Coyle GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History (Princeton University Press, 2014)

T Harford The Undercover Economist (Abacus, 2007)

T Harford The Logic of Life (Little Brown, 2009)

P Krugman End This Depression Now! (W W Norton, 2012)

S D Levitt and S J Dubner Freakonomics (Penguin, 2007) and Superfreakonomics (Penguin, 2010)

Some of these books were launched at the LSE. Listen to the podcasts of these launches (and many other talks).

You may also wish to have a look at one or more economics textbooks, so as to get a clearer idea of what serious university study of economics involves. The texts below are currently recommended for the first year, although earlier editions of these books and other university-level textbooks are also entirely valid for this first investigation. Please note that use of these textbooks is not mandatory for the first year courses, so it is not necessary to purchase these textbooks; students are provided with printed course packs to support their learning.

Acemoglu, D., Laibson, D. I. and List, J. A. (2018), Microeconomics, 2nd edition, Pearson. 

Mankiw, N. G. (2019), Macroeconomics, 10th edition, Macmillan Publishers.

You may also be interested in the following:


  1. Empowering Adolescent Girls in sub-Saharan Africa: Professor Oriana Bandiera discusses how a new project is improving the lives of young girls in Uganda through skills and information.
  2. Incentives for Public Service Delivery: Professor Oriana Bandiera interviewed at the Annual Conference of the "Verein für Socialpolitik" 2015 in Münster, Germany. 
  3. LSE Economists get a Gearty GrillingProfessor Tim Besley discusses the financial crisisProfessor Sir Charles Bean discusses how the Bank of England dealt with the financial crisis.
  4. Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides speaks to Menaka Doshi at the World Economic Forum 2018.
  5. One-Minute Insights: The European Central Bank (ECB) asks Professor Ricardo Reis to explain his work in one minute (at the ECB Monetary Policy Conference 2018). 
  6. Dr Keyu Jin on China and the Evolution of the Financial System at the 2019 Spring Meetings- IMF and WBG. 
  7. Meet the EC102 lecturer - visit Professor Ronny Razin’s Corner.


  1. What Economists Really Do: Professor Oriana Bandiera’s presentation at the 2018 Royal Economic Society Annual Public Lecture. 
  2. Is Everything You Hear About Macroeconomics True? Professor Wouter Den Haan looks at the real and perceived weaknesses, strengths and challenges of modern macroeconomics.


  1. The Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2019 by the Intelligent Economist. 


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.


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. 

Students can view their personal timetables on LSE For You. These are usually available from Welcome Week onwards. The specific date will be available on the above webpage nearer the time.

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

Assessment methods

The core 1st year courses of EC100/EC102, ST102 and MA100 are assessed by examination in both the Lent and Summer terms. Lent term exams are expected to take place the week commencing 11 January 2021 (TBC). All students MUST be available during this period. If you have any queries please contact Rita Nemeth.


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


The Financial Support Office is responsible for administering School funds and a variety of scholarships, studentships, prizes and awards. You are advised to make an early application.

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Student benefits and discounts

Find out about student benefits and discounts from Special offers for LSE students and the LSE SU

Economics Virtual Offer Holders' Day 2020

View the Department's Virtual Offer Holders' Day here.

Find the School's remote resources for students holding an offer for undergraduate study at LSE starting in 2020 here.


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