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UCAS code:L101

BSc Economics

Learn to apply economic theory and practice to real-world issues. Study with the best – LSE is often UK's #1 for economics research.



How can we tackle widening economic inequalities? Why does a gender pay gap persist? How can deal with climate change? These are just some of the questions we’ll explore on this wide-ranging programme.

You’ll gain a solid grounding in analytical techniques, statistical theory and quantitative methods and apply your learning to complex real-world problems. Throughout, you’ll take an open-minded and scientific approach to problems, using formal modelling of economic relationships and testing hypotheses against data.

After a core foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, you can select from specialist economics courses and external options from outside the department. You’ll learn how to develop and communicate complex arguments effectively – equipping you with invaluable skills for your future career.

LSE has one of the largest economics departments in the world and our academics lead global thinking and research in the field. Our department is regularly ranked number one (outside the USA) for published research in economics and econometrics.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Student stories

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Even though I’m far from home, choosing to study at LSE was the best decision I’ve made. The knowledge I’ve learned, the people I’ve met, and the opportunities I’ve achieved are all irreplaceable. I can’t imagine my life without studying at LSE!
Sophia Berey Marosszeky, Australia, BSc Economics
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I chose this programme because I loved learning, and I knew that LSE was the best place to challenge me intellectually.
Samantha Ong, BSc Economics
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I chose economics as it offers not only theoretical frameworks for understanding the world around us, but also highly applicable, empirical tools.
Moritz Hauschulz, BSc Economics
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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.
Dang Anh Duc Luong, BSc Economics

Your application


We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


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Graduate destinations


This degree provides an excellent preparation for a range of careers, but we particularly welcome students who want to learn about economics, rather than simply prepare themselves for a prosperous future.

Over the past two decades many of our graduates have chosen to pursue careers in the financial sector, which can include positions involving economics research as well as those in banking or hedge funds. Increasingly, many have also preferred to take up positions as economic or management consultants, to join central banks, their home country’s government economic service or international organisations. Some graduates from the programme pursue quite different careers, whether as professional accountants and auditors, engaging in entrepreneurial activity, marketing or law, or in entirely different fields.

A significant number choose to go on to graduate study, not just in economics but also in finance, management, development, economic history and other fields. Throughout their time at LSE we work to prepare our students who are aiming in this direction to understand the rewards of engaging in economics research and the benefits of interacting with faculty and visitors who are leading economists.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Median salary of our undergraduate students 15 months after graduating:


Top 4 sectors our students work in:

Financial and Professional Services
Accounting and Auditing
Government, Public Sector and Policy

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