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The Department of Economic History

I love how small the Economic History Department is. Having classes with the same people year-on-year means that you form stronger friendships than in bigger departments. That said, for a small department, there seems to be a professor that specialises in anything you might be interested in researching!

Will Banks, BSc Economic History

Welcome to the Department of Economic History. Here you can meet our students and staff virtually and find out more about the Department and our programmes. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our Department webpages to really get to know us.

An introduction to Economic History at LSE An introduction to Economic History at LSE
Students and staff of the LSE Economic History Department talk about why Economic History matters, and what it’s like to be a student on one of our programmes.

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Watch our Virtual Open Day talk

Watch our Economic History Virtual Open Day video to find out more about our degree programmes, teaching and assessment methods and life in the Department. 

Top three reasons why you should study economic history at LSE

  1. We are the largest economic history department in the UK covering a very wide range of economic history topics and regions.
  2. Our bespoke degrees give a greater focus and coherence than joint history and economics degrees at other universities.
  3. Our training in persuasive writing, data analysis and research offer a unique group of skills difficult to obtain in economics or history degrees.

You can find out more about the Department here.

What is it like to study economic history at LSE?

The Department of Economic History examines economies from the medieval period to the current century, striving to understand the social, political and cultural forces that drive economic development. Students will confront practical questions about real economies, investigating the reasons for rich and poor countries, the history of technology and innovation and global economic crises.

Listen to our taster lecture to find our more about studying economic history at LSE.

Students studying the Department's joint honours programmes, BSc Economic History and Geography or BSc Economics and Economic History, will take compulsory and optional courses from each field. BSc Economic History and Geography students will study the economies of cities, trade and the housing market, exploring the historical impact of economic and social geography on societal change. The BSc Economics and Economic History programme requires students to interpret the historical development of economies.

Our programmes: BSc Economic History

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Economic History programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 236/72/36
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £32,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*:  Investment banking, auditing, consultancy, retail and commercial banking, education and teaching.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Economic History programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the BSc Economic History programme page for this information.

UCAS code: V300
A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 37 points overall. 666 in higher level subjects.

For more detail on particular courses you may be studying, take a look at our course videos.

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc Economic History and Geography

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Economic History and Geography programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 53/16/4
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £32,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, consultancy, retail and commercial banking, education and teaching.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Economic History and Geography programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the BSc Economic History and Geography programme page for this information.

UCAS code: V3L7
A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 37 points overall. 666 in higher level subjects.

For more detail on particular courses you may be studying, take a look at our course videos.

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our programmes: BSc Economics and Economic History

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Economics and Economic History programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 337/40/21
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £32,000
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Investment banking, auditing, consultancy, retail and commercial banking, education and teaching.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Economics and Economic History programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the BSc Economics and Economic History programme page for this information.

UCAS code: VL31
A-levels: AAB, with an A in Mathematics (including one essay based subject)
IB Diploma: 37 points overall, with 666 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics (including one essay based subject)

For more detail on particular courses you may be studying, take a look at our course videos.

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

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