Taught course

Management and Strategy

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Managerial Economics and Strategy - MES

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the programme you should have obtained at least a good upper second class honours degree or its equivalent (eg GPA 3.5) in a social science, engineering or science discipline. In addition, all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and submit results with their application forms. You need to have a basic knowledge of statistics, mathematical analysis and economics for the core course.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The MSc Management and Strategy is a one-year programme for students interested in an analytical approach to management. The programme is aimed at students with some quantitative background. This includes students with a first degree in engineering, science, or a social science, who have had some quantitative training (in elementary calculus and basic statistics).

The degree may also appeal to students with a first degree in economics, or an economics-related subject, as an alternative to the MSc in Management and Economics, and to students with a degree in a management-related subject who are looking for a more rigorous approach to management. Applications from graduates in the humanities and other subjects are also welcome but must demonstrate basic competence in quantitative methods.

Like most LSE degrees, the MSc Management and Strategy is academic, not vocational. In contrast to an MBA the emphasis in this degree is on thinking and understanding, not doing, and on analysis rather than mere description. The degree is not suitable for students who are looking for an MBA.

The various courses are based on a wide variety of academic disciplines. In the core courses there is a particular emphasis on managerial economics and its relevance for organisation and strategy. The degree does not require prior knowledge of economics, but it assumes a basic interest in and openness to economic reasoning. We provide week-long pre-sessional courses in quantitative methods and managerial economics for accepted applicants with insufficient background.

The degree comprises four core courses: two in strategy and two in organisation (one in each term). In addition, students can choose two optional courses from a range of subjects. Finance is covered in the core courses and may additionally be chosen as an option. Students work on an extended case study project during the year and a dissertation over the summer. Teaching consists of lectures and smaller seminars. Many seminars are also based on case studies, and much of the work for the seminars in the core courses and for the extended case study is based on teamwork in study groups.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

LSE Graduate Support Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613