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UCAS code:LV15

BSc Philosophy and Economics

If you’re interested in an economics degree but you’d like to take your learning to a deeper philosophical level, then this is the degree for you. 



Taught jointly by our world-leading philosophy and economics departments, this programme allows you to study philosophical questions alongside core courses in economics.

You’ll engage in wide-ranging philosophical debates encompassing ethics, science and justice, such as:

  • What is the nature of reality?
  • How should society be organised?
  • What is a fair society?
  • What are the moral pros and cons of our financial markets?

The economics elements of the programme help you to build your knowledge of core mathematical methods and statistical tools as well as macro and micro economics. In your third year, you’ll analyse public policy from both philosophical and economic perspectives – covering topics such as fair distribution and individual rights.

Our graduates are in great demand. Recent graduates have progressed to roles at UK and international banks, HM Treasury, management consulting firms and many other areas. LSE has the best outcomes for philosophy graduates in the UK (Graduate Outcomes Survey and the Complete University Guide 2023) while our economics graduates progress to high-earning careers in banking, finance, accounting and IT.

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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Why study with us

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Student stories

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I chose this programme because it is very unique. Both philosophy and economics at LSE grapple with current, real and practical issues that affect our daily lives and policymaking.
Michelle Chiu, BSc Philosophy and Economics
Rushabh Ranavat, BSc Philosophy and Economics
At LSE, I gained the ability to look at something, quickly deconstruct it, structure my thoughts and coherently argue.
Rushabh Ranavat, BSc Philosophy and 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.


Learning and assessment

How you learn

Graduate destinations


Our graduates have excellent job prospects. Recent graduates have gone on to work in banking and financial services, government, management consultancy, media and education, and have also proved very successful in gaining entry to graduate programmes.

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
FMCG, Manufacturing and Retail

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