Economics (BSc)

September. 2021

Start Date

1 FY + 3 UY

Course Duration



Basic Information

Start Date

September. 2021

Course Duration

1 foundation year (if required) + 3 undergrad years

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Programme Description

How you study

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams); a Subject Guide for each course; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Libraryholds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.


Each module is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June.

Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.

If you study the following courses from the Information System selection group, you will also need to undertake a project or coursework.

  • IS1060 Introduction to information systems
  • IS2182 Innovating digital systems and services
  • IS3139 Software engineering: theory and application
  • IS3159 Research project in information systems.

Future Career

This degree will prepare you for a career as a financial economist whether in academia, finance (investment or commercial banking, risk management, research, fund management, or securities trading) or government. You could also gain entry to a master’s programme in this field.

This BSc will help you to question and analyse information, develop arguments, and boost your analytical and communication skills – all of which are valued in management-related roles.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.


You complete 12 courses for the Standard Route

100 Courses

You must take MT105a and MT105b together or MT1186 should be taken instead

  • Introduction to economics EC1002
  • Statistics 1 ST104a (Half course)
  • Statistics 2 ST104b (Half course)
  • Mathematics 1 MT105a (Half course)
  • Mathematics 2 MT105b (Half course)
  • Principles of banking and finance FN1024 OR Contemporary Sociology in a Global Age SC1179 OR Introduction to International Development DV1171

200 & 300 courses

  • Microeconomics EC2066
  • Macroeconomics EC2065
  • Elements of econometrics EC2020

200 & 300 courses – Course selection:

Three courses from the following

  • Economics of Development EC3044
  • International Economics EC3016
  • Monetary Economics EC3115
  • Industrial Economics EC3099
  • Economic history since 1900 EC3096
  • Mathematical Economics EC3120

200 & 300 courses – Selection Groups

  • Any 200 or 300 course from any Selection group
  • Any 100, 200, 300 course from any Selection group