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Undergraduate Economics Virtual Open Day

Studying economics involves deepening problem-solving skills, including mathematical and statistical abilities, but never losing sight of the real world. This underpins the design of our BSc Economics programme.

A warm welcome to our LSE Economics Virtual Open Day page for undergraduate students! As we cannot meet you in person this year, we have created this webpage to present to you what makes our BSc Economics, the LSE student experience and the opportunities it provides unique.

Economics today tackles a broad range of problems, from barriers to economic development to international financial crises. Practicing economics requires formally modelling economic relationships and testing hypotheses against data. Therefore, studying economics involves deepening problem-solving skills, including mathematical and statistical abilities, but never losing sight of the real world. This underpins the design of our BSc Economics programme.

Through a series of videos you can meet our Undergraduate Programme Director, Dimitra Petropoulou, the Departmental Tutor, Judith Shapiro, as well as our Undergraduate Tutors. You can also take a look at the Department's events, research outputs and societies.

There will also be opportunities for us to meet virtually through Zoom. We very much look forward to meeting you all.


The Undergraduate Economics Team

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Video 1: The LSE BSc Economics
Dimitra Petropoulou (Undergraduate Programme Director)

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Video 2: Economics in LSE Joint Degrees and other programmes
Dimitra Petropoulou (Undergraduate Programme Director)

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Judith Shapiro

Video 3: Applying for the LSE BSc Economics
Judith Shapiro (Departmental Tutor)

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Video 4: BSc Economics or a Joint Degree?
Junius Olivier (Undergraduate Tutor)

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Video 5: Student Experience and Community
Kasia Krajniewska (Undergraduate Tutor)

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The Undergraduate Team

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Sarah Burton
Undergraduate Programme Manager (Maternity Leave)

Email: econ.bsc.offerholders@lse.ac.uk

Rita Nemeth

Rita Nemeth
Undergraduate Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)

Email: econ.bsc.offerholders@lse.ac.uk

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Fiona Smith
Undergraduate Programme Assistant

Email: econ.bsc.offerholders@lse.ac.uk

Dimitra Petropoulou

Dimitra Petropoulou
Undergraduate Programme Director
Associate Professorial Lecturer in Economics

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Junius Olivier
Undergraduate Tutor

 

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Katarzyna Krajniewska
Undergraduate Tutor

 

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Nicolo Rosetti
Undergraduate Tutor

Judith Shapiro

Judith Shapiro
Departmental Tutor
Senior Lecturer in Practice

Student Profiles

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Samantha Ong
BSc Economics

I chose this programme because I loved learning, and I knew that LSE was the best place to challenge me intellectually. The lecturers in the Department are some of the best in the world in their field, and everyone is so dedicated and passionate about what they do, which leads to a truly excellent learning experience. There's so much support as well - you'll always have someone to go to if you need any help, whether academic or personal. But just as much as the faculty, I have learnt so much from the other students, who come from all over the world. Just being around so many different people and having lots of interesting discussions has definitely been a highlight.

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Moritz Hauschulz
BSc Economics

I chose economics as it offers not only theoretical frameworks for understanding the world around us, but also highly applicable, empirical tools. At LSE I learn from experts in their fields and the Department of Economics’ lively environment gives ample opportunity to develop additional skills, ranging from coding to self-directed research. 

My outside options have allowed me to explore my interest in mathematics more thoroughly, but courses are available from a variety of related fields such as politics or philosophy.

My advice to future students would be to get involved in at least one of the many societies and clubs, as this is where you meet friends and build your network.

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Dang Anh Duc Luong
BSc Economics

I chose this programme because it offered a deep understanding of economics along with a wide range of outside options and many empirical activities such as research and economic workshops.

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Charoo Anand
BSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

After two years of studying economics at LSE, I was keen to write a quantitative thesis. For economics students, this option (EC331) is unique to BSc EME and so I switched to the programme in my third year. Writing my thesis was the most difficult, most fun and most rewarding part of my degree and it prepared me well for my job as a pre-doctoral research assistant. As well as a solid foundation in micro, macro and econometrics, you learn a lot about empirical methods and statistical programming, which are powerful skills. The programme provides excellent training for careers in economics research - whether that’s at a university, the government, an NGO etc.

Grace Lim

Grace Lim
BSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

At LSE we are exposed to a very high standard of economic analysis and a very broad range of subjects. This programme has a balanced emphasis on economic theory, econometrics, and analysis. The lecturers are excellent, and the class teachers are dedicated to their teaching. Many of the LSE faculty are deeply involved in policy advising in the government, business and finance areas, and this means that what we’re learning is not divorced from the real world, and we can really see the practical use of economics.

Nina Nguyen

Nina Nguyen
BSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

What I particularly love about the EME programme is the opportunity to work with top-notch faculty in economics. For the quantitative project in the third year, everyone is assigned a supervisor who is a dedicated and experienced researcher. I find this opportunity incredibly valuable in terms of getting you to think like a research economist and consider if a PhD is right for you.

Zoom session recordings: Meet staff and students

We organised a series of Zoom sessions where you could link in and meet the team, as well as current and former students. Thank you to everyone who joined us! Please find the recordings below:

Introduction to BSc Economics

Economics in LSE Joint Degrees

We will advertise any further events here.

Sample Course Content

Please find here sample slides and other content from core Economics courses. This is a good indicator of the style of material students taking Economics courses will study from, whether on the BSc Economics programme or another programme including Economics.

The LSE Economics Community

 

How can I resolve any queries I have?

You will meet key members of the undergraduate team during the Zoom sessions. You are also welcome to contact the team by email if you have any questions that the videos and Zoom sessions do not resolve. We will either answer your questions directly or point you in the direction of the right sources of information.

If you have not yet submitted your application, and have a question about a programme at LSE, you should contact Student Marketing and Recruitment.

Where can I find further information?

Our Department website is the place to start; there you can learn much more about our Department and what our students study.

You may also wish to read about the ‘outside options’ available in other departments and the unique Language Centre courses. From this you will see that LSE Economics is distinctive in that it allows students to access a broad range of courses from across the School, in line with their intellectual interests.

You can also visit the LSE100 webpage. This important course is a vital addition to the LSE Economics educational package.

Our LSESU Economics Society can also be followed during the year, also on Facebook.

The Economics Network’s Why Study Economics and Studying Economics are recommended as invaluable starting points. Do not simply read what everyone else does, and certainly not superficially: a good personal statement is truly individual, has some vital persuasive details and indicates depth.