London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Course Introduction

The PhD is an advanced research degree. You will begin on the MPhil, 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 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. Graduates of the programme have gone into a wide variety of careers, including university teaching and research posts, as well as jobs at international economic agencies such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019, 2019-SEP-30.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Direct entry for applicants with a merit in an master's in economic history or a similar field (Economics, History, and so on) subject to sufficient knowledge of Economic History, will be considered. Students are also accepted for the so-called 1+3 programme, a one year MSc in Economic History (Research) followed by a three year research programme.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (reading 6.5, writing 6.5, Writing 7.0, Speaking 6.5).