Entry requirements

Merit in the MSc in Quantitative Economic History and at least 65 per cent in the dissertation. Direct entry for candidates with a Distinction in an MSc in Economics will be considered.

GRE is required for applicants without a UK undergraduate degree in economics.

English research level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MRes/PhD programme

The MRes/PhD is an advanced research degree. You will begin on the MRes, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status. The main objective of this programme is the elaboration of a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of quantitative economic history.

Study for the MRes includes courses in economics and economic history and the production of research paper in quantitative economic history, as well as a research prospectus.

Aftmeeting the progression requirements, you will be upgraded to PhD registration. The PhD is the final stage of the programme where you will be expected to produce a PhD thesis comprised of three publishable research papers. During this period you will build on the formal training provided through the MRes and develop your research skills and scholarly abilities. Throughout your PhD degree, you will gain professional experience in how to present your findings in the Thesis Workshop in Economic History, taken each year of the programme.

Department of Economic History

The Department is home to by far the largest group of researchers in economic history in the UK and one of the largest in the world. This is a pluralistic Department which encourages different approaches to the discipline: quantitative economic history; global history; history of economic thought; historical demography; historical economic geography; international economic history; business history; financial and monetary history; and social history. We also offer a wide chronological and geographical coverage of economic history, with specialists in almost every continent and any historical period from the medieval age onwards. For this reason, the Department is able to supervise a wide range of topics, in line with the research interests of the teaching staff.

We particularly value a comparative outlook on research, and the fruits of our research have been used by international agencies, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, government departments and local communities. Our faculty have included among their research commitments the editorship of The European Review of Economic History and Economic History of Developing Regions.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
36-48 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
0207 955 6613