London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Course Introduction

The MSc Economics and Philosophy offers a unique combination of rigorous training in economics together with the opportunity to engage with moral, methodological and foundational questions. This thoroughly interdisciplinary programme encourages students to engage constructively with key economic and political issues, whilst allowing them to explore and question their conceptual and theoretical foundations. Questions typically addressed include: What are the moral advantages and disadvantages of market institutions? Can we make interpersonal comparisons of well-being, and if so, how? How do models of economic phenomena relate to the actual social world? What are the assumptions underlying the rational choice model in economics? Can they be normatively justified? Are they descriptively accurate?

Students on this degree have access to the wealth of resources available in both the Economics and the Philosophy departments, including research seminars and colloquia on topics in economics, rational and social choice, scientific evidence and policy-making. The degree offers a good preparation for doctoral research in both economics and philosophy. It also prepares students for careers in financial institutions, and intergovernmental, governmental, and non-governmental organisations, and for employment in such fields as financial and economic journalism and consulting.

Start Date:

Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics begins in late August 2019.. Introductory Course in Mathematics and Statistics begins in late August 2019..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MSc £21,744 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £21,744 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £21,744 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £10,872 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £10,872 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £10,872 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally have a First class honours degree or equivalent with concentration on economics and quantitative subjects. Successful candidates will typically have achieved very good examination results in university-level two-semester length courses in [a] mathematics (both advanced calculus and linear algebra), [b] econometrics and statistics, [c] intermediate macro and microeconomics.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall (reading 6.5, writing 6.5, Writing 6.0, Speaking 6.0).