The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our global exchange partners. Please note that the format of the LSE100 course is under review.
In Michaelmas Term of the first year of the programme you will gain an essential foundation in economics and learn the necessary quantitative skills. In Lent Term you will take introductory courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as LSE100. You will also choose an outside option course from a rich array of courses from other departments – this can be a whole unit course or two half unit courses in Michaelmas Term and Lent Term, respectively.
Principles economics course to introduce students to traditional and topical economic questions and how both established and new economic approaches can deal with them.
Quantitative Methods (0.5)*
The aim of this course is to develop the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines.
Elementary Statistical Theory (0.5)
The course provides a precise and accurate treatment of introductory probability theory, statistical ideas, methods and techniques.
Microeconomics I (0.5)
This course provides a foundation to help students understand key microeconomic questions using a variety of established and new approaches.
Macroeconomics I (0.5)
This course provides a foundation to help students understand key macroeconomic questions using a variety of established and new approaches.
Econometrics I (0.5)
Introduction to econometrics to teach students the theory and practice of empirical research in economics.
*Students can opt to take Mathematical Methods (1.0) in place of Quantitative Methods (0.5) and the Lent Term outside option (0.5).
Beginning in the Lent Term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas Term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist. Please note that the format of the LSE100 course is under review.
The second year of the programme builds on the Year 1 courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. You will develop a firm grasp of core analytical methods and apply them to a range of problems. You will also take LSE100 in the Michaelmas Term only. Please note that the format of the LSE100 course is under review. You will also choose one outside option from another department (a whole unit or two half units in Michaelmas Term and Lent Term, respectively).
Microeconomics II (1.0)
This intermediate-level course will help students understand key microeconomic questions and challenges and also evaluate possible solutions using a variety of approaches and student projects.
Macroeconomics II (1.0)
This intermediate-level course will help students understand key macroeconomic questions and challenges, and evaluate possible solutions using a variety of approaches and student projects.
Econometrics II (1.0)
Intermediate-level course to teach students the theory of econometrics, the practical problems of empirical research, and how to do empirical research themselves in a student project.
Principles of Finance or optional course (1.0)
Continuing on from Lent Term of first year.
In your third year you will have the opportunity to specialise according to your interests.
You will choose one course from three options. You will then take two further economics options. You will also complete a thesis in quantitative economics on a research question of your choosing.
Two economics options
Quantitative Thesis (1.0)
Econometric Theory (1.0))
Gives an introduction to the asymptotic theory of estimation and inference of economic models.
Games and Economic Behaviour (1.0)
Reviews fundamental concepts in economic theory and presents some of its most successful applications.
Problems of Applied Econometrics (1.0)
Provides a solid grounding in recent developments in applied econometrics.
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
Where regulations permit, you may also be able to take a language, literature or linguistics option as part of your degree. Information can be found on the Language Centre webpages.
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You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.