Entry requirements

One-year programme:

First class honours degree or equivalent with concentration on economics and quantitative subjects and at least a year of university level mathematics and statistics.

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

English standard level.

Two-year programme:

First class honours degree or equivalent with two semesters of university level mathematics.

GRE is required for all applicants.

English standard level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MSc programme

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.

There are two routes: the one-year or two-year programme.

One-year programme

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.

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.

Two-year programme

The two-year programme is designed for students who have a sound quantitative background but lack the necessary knowledge in economic theory and quantitative techniques for the one year programme. You should have a strong academic qualification with an emphasis on quantitative subjects such as mathematics and statistics.

The preliminary year will provide you with a solid foundation in economic theory and quantitative techniques and develop your skills to the point where you become eligible to join the main MSc Economics programme.

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics has expertise across the spectrum of mainstream economics. It has a long-standing commitment to remaining at the cutting edge of developments in the field, which has ensured its lasting impact on the discipline as whole. Almost every major intellectual development within Economics over the past fifty years has had input from members of the department, which counts ten Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students.

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 graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards and Anniversary Scholarships.

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


full time
22 months

Further details of qualification

10 months for one year programme. 22 months for two year programme.

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613