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BSc Economics and Economic History

This programme looks at how historical events from the past can shed light on real-world economic problems we face today.



To tackle today’s current global economic problems, we need to understand how economies have developed and changed over time.

This programme explores some of the biggest questions we face – such as why some countries are rich and others poor, what forces shape inequality, and what historical evidence can tell us about economic crises through history.

Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative perspectives, you’ll learn how to apply economic theory and methods to understand the historical development of economies around the world – from medieval times through to the present day.

Likewise, you’ll use real-world historical evidence to deepen your understanding of economic concepts and learn about different research methodologies and analysing primary sources.

At LSE, we have one of the largest groups of economic historians in the world so we can offer an incredibly broad choice of courses. As you progress through the degree, you’ll develop a wide array of transferable skills that will open the doors to a range of fulfilling careers.

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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This degree has allowed me to learn the applicability of economics to the real world.
Raquel Gallardo, Bad Homburg, Germany, BSc Economics and Economic History

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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.


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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


Economic history combines the skills of the economist, the statistician and the sociologist, as well as those of the historian, therefore graduates leave with a portfolio of highly transferable skills that can be applied across a wide variety of employment sectors. Our graduates can be found in senior positions throughout many professions, in the City, financial and market consultancy, NGOs and the charity sector, the civil service, sales and marketing, teaching, government and academia.

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Top 4 sectors our students work in:

Financial and Professional Services
FMCG, Manufacturing and Retail
Education, Teaching and Research

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