This programme is intended to equip you with the main tools of the professional economist, whether you intend to work in government, central banking, international organisations or private sector firms such as economic consultancies. The advanced and technically rigorous nature of the programme also serves as an excellent foundation for PhD programmes and other research-focused roles.
The one year route is for students with a strong undergraduate degree in economics . and a solid quantitative background, while the two year route is designed for students who have a sound quantitative background but lack the necessary knowledge in quantitative techniques for the one year route.
On the two year route, students who successfully complete the examinations in the preliminary year will be awarded a Diploma in Economics, and those meeting the required standard will be permitted to proceed to the final year.
The degree concentrates on the core elements of economic theory and econometrics. The extensive use of mathematics is intended as a tool in order to facilitate analysis, with the primary objective of the programme being the provision of a formal training in, and in-depth understanding of, core economic models. You also have the advantage of being assessed both after the end of the first term (Lent Term Week 0 January exams) and after the end of second term (Summer Term main exam period).
Our former students are employed as economists in a wide range of national and international organisations in government, international institutions, business and finance. Approximately one third of students proceed to PhD programmes at LSE or other leading universities.
The MSc Economics programme is a well-structured programme and is in one of the best economics departments in the world. The level of teaching and research is excellent, with many of the professors having previously studied economics at world-class institutions. The teaching is diverse, as each of the lecturers specialise in their own research areas, which allows many in-depth academic discussions. We were also very honoured to have had this year's Nobel laureate teach us in one of the core courses.
There are a lot of resources which are accessible for economics students. Students admitted to the programme are all from top universities around the globe and have a very strong academic, as well as professional, background. This facilitates the exchange of different cultures and views and offers us opportunities for discussion.
LSE is famous for organising many public lectures delivered by well-known figures from a broad spectrum of areas in social sciences such as economics, politics, international relations etc. As an economic student, I feel privileged not only for being taught by the professors of LSE but also for having the opportunities to listen to views and comments of many great people around the world on current issues.
I am interested in macroeconomic research and am looking for opportunities in this area. I also hope to get involved in public policy analysis in the future so as to contribute to Hong Kong by using what I learnt at LSE.
The best thing about this programme is how it has allowed me to expand on some of the things I only touched on in my undergraduate studies, and to pursue an area of great interest with my dissertation. When going to study economics you think of LSE because of its reputation and the quality of its academic staff, but what swayed my decision was the prospect of studying in the heart of such a fantastic city and the diversity of the people I would meet. Being in the centre of London means there is always something to do and certainly no time to get bored. I have had the chance to meet some of the leaders in the field of economics and politics thanks to the excellent programme of speakers at the university, and it has been wonderful to get a flavour of what London has to offer whilst I have been here.
The Careers Service at LSE has given me a lot of help in sorting out my future. I will be starting work at ABN AMRO in September working in asset management, a career path I chose with the help of the LSE Careers Service.
One year – first class honours with concentration on economics and quantitative subjects and at least a year of university level mathematics (both calculus and linear algebra) and statistics. Two year – a first class honours degree with two semesters of university-level calculus or equivalent. English requirement: standard GRE/GMAT requirement: One year programme: GRE required from applicants without a UK undergraduate economics degree. Two year programme: compulsory for all applicants
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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