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MSc Economics and Management

Course Description

About the MSc programme

The MSc Economics and Management programme is a specialist multidisciplinary degree delivered jointly by the Department of Management and the Department of Economics. This unique programme combines master's-level economics with cutting-edge management courses, and is directed and taught by two of the world’s leading economists: Professor John Sutton and Professor Luis Garicano.

The programme is aimed at numerate, analytical and ambitious students and offers small classes, a diverse intake, and an inimitable course structure and options, to create an exceptional learning experience.

The core curriculum focuses on an understanding of firms’ market strategies, exploring the management of firms, and the economic climate of the markets in which they operate. Students will also gain an in-depth understanding of econometric methods and their applications, covering new developments in the use of econometrics methods within organisations and industry.

This programme will provide you with an exceptional foundation to progress either to PhD-level study or to employment opportunities in industry, finance or consulting.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:
Taught by some of the world's leading economists in their respective fields
Combines the exceptional analytical training of LSE’s MSc Economics degree with the more applied scope and coverage characteristic of master's degrees in the field of management
Built around a central core course entitled Firms and Markets which uses graduate-level microeconomics with a focus on understanding firms’ market strategies, and a two-part applied econometrics course
Uses case studies to apply theory to real-life situations

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Firms and Markets will introduce microeconomic analysis within management, focusing on market competition, capabilities and internal organisation and link between strategy and structure. Particular emphasis is placed during this course on both developing analytical skills and on showing how these analytical skills can be deployed in practical strategic settings.
Econometric Methods focuses on empirical research in economics and gives students the opportunity to work with Stata and other econometric software in analysing actual data sets, reproducing and criticising results in previous work and learning the actual practice of econometrics as undertaken by the best applied economists.
Corporate Finance A* investigates corporate finance topics including capital budgeting techniques, the driving forces behind capital structure, debt and equity finance decisions, and the implications of those choices.
Extended Essay* comprising 6000 words and based on one of the two option courses taken.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

Graduate destinations

The MSc Economics and Management provides a route for acceleration into high-level positions, for example in top consulting or investment banking firms, or careers in academia. The programme is designed with potential employers in mind, and gives excellent preparation for employment opportunities in business, consulting or finance, with blue-chip organisations all over the world. Previous students have secured positions at top employers such as Accenture, Bain & Company, the Boston Consulting Group, Citi, Deloitte, Google, KPMG, L.E.K., McKinsey & Company, Monitor Group, PwC, Roland Berger and the World Bank. A number of students have also directly entered PhD programmes upon completion of the degree.

Visit the MSc Economics and Management page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Simon Joha

The MSc Management and Economics is especially designed for students who, like me, would not be happy with either a pure economics programme nor with any MBA-like management programme. The great advantage of this programme is that it can leverage the world-class quality of the LSE economics faculty and combine it with the more applied scope of management graduate programmes. It thus provides the unique opportunity to learn how analytical economic models can be used to analyse strategic business situations.

My decision to come to LSE was based on both its outstanding reputation for its teaching and research quality and the fact that it offers this special programme which fits my academic interests perfectly. Studying at LSE means that you can enjoy direct contact with excellent teachers who are at the forefront in their academic disciplines. Plus, being part of such a truly international student body is a very valuable experience that adds a lot to the overall quality of studying at such a renowned academic institution.

Right after graduation, I will start working as an investment banking analyst for a large American bank. Having no prior experience in banking and considering the tight hiring market right now, I think that studying at LSE has helped a lot in securing this job.


Entry Requirements

1st class bachelor's degree or overseas equivalent in Economics; graduates of non-UK institutions must submit GRE or GMAT (GRE is preferred); English standard level.

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