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Economic history is concerned with economic change in the past. It uses concepts and theories from across the social sciences to study the development of real economies and understand them in their social, political and cultural contexts. It combines the skills of the economist and the historian, the statistician and the sociologist. Meanwhile, geography focuses on improving understanding of the social, economic and environmental aspects of geography and informing policy processes worldwide.

This programme combines the two complementary fields of economic history and geography in a joint honours programme, with around half of the programme in each field. You will consider important global questions such as how economic change in the past and up to the present has been shaped by geography and how processes reaching well back in the past affect the economic and social geography of modern societies.

You will complete a research project in your third year where you undertake an original piece of research in historical economic geography on a topic of your choice. The programme will enable you to develop skills which are highly valued by employers across a variety of careers, including numeracy, research report writing, the ability to evaluate and analyse data, and to present an argument orally or on paper.

Economic history is concerned with economic change in the past. It uses concepts and theories from across the social sciences to study the development of real economies and understand them in their social, political and cultural contexts. It combines the skills of the economist and the historian, the statistician and the sociologist. Meanwhile, geography focuses on improving understanding of...

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Course Content

The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review.

First year

In your first year you will take four compulsory courses, on geography, economic history, and economics. You will take either Economics A or Economics B, depending on your economics background. Economics B is only for students with A level Economics or equivalent. You will also take LSE100, which is taught in the Lent term only. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

(* denotes a half unit)

The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the Present Day
Focuses on the inter-relationships between the development of the international economy and the growth of national economies since the late nineteenth century.

Introduction to Geography 
Examines the key concepts of human geography.

Introduction to Geographical Research
Introduces students to the production of geographical and environmental knowledge and to prepare them to become producers of such knowledge themselves. 

Either
Economics A
Provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject.
Or
Economics B
An introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics.

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

Second year

In your second year you will take compulsory courses in each geography and economic history, and choose further options from each. You will also continue to take LSE100 in the Michaelmas Term only. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

The Economic Geography of Trade, Production and Development*

The Economics of Cities*

Theories and Evidence in Economic History
This course examines theories and concepts used in economic history and introduces the methods used to collect evidence and generate inference on relevant historical questions.

Economic history options to the value of one unit

Geography options to the value of one unit

LSE100
Beginning in the Lent term of the first year and running through the Michaelmas term of the second year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students, and introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking like a social scientist. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. 

Third year

In your third year you will take two compuslory half-unit geography courses, a historical economic geography course, and complete a dissertation. You will also choose further geography options. 

Firms and Economic Geogrphy: Location Technology and Innovation*

The Economics of Housing Markets and Migration*

Historical Economic Geography: Cities, Markets and Regions in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Explores how and why the location of economic activities changes across time and space from industrialisation up to the present. 

Geography options to the value of one unit

Dissertation in Historical Economic Geography

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up-to-date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100. Please note that the LSE100 course is under review. First year In your first year you will take four compulsory courses, on geography, economic history, and economics. You will take either Economics A or Economics B, depending on your economics...

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Entry Requirements

You should read the following information carefully as it will help you determine whether you meet our entry requirements. You should also read the 'Assessing your application' section of the programme page for your intended degree programme and the information in the Making an Application section.

Each application we receive is carefully considered on an individual basis, taking into account the full range of information presented including the personal statement, academic achievement (including both achieved and predicted grades), subject combinations and the reference, before a final decision is made. As you will see from the individual programme information, there is a great deal of competition for places at the School. In 2017, we received 18,000 applications for 1,650 places. This fierce competition for places means that every year we unfortunately have to disappoint many applicants.

If you have applied for one of our undergraduate programmes, or received an offer, you can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

•  You are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries, listed below, and whose first language is English or

•  You have achieved the required grades in one of our recognised English language qualifications, listed below or

•  You have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries listed below.

In addition, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) guidelines stipulate that all students entering the United Kingdom to study must have an English Language qualification evidencing proficiency in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening) unless they are from a majority English speaking country.

It is not necessary to have the required grade in an acceptable English language qualification when you make your undergraduate application to LSE. However, if you are made an offer of a place on one of our undergraduate programmes at LSE and English is not your first language, you will be asked to obtain one of the below acceptable qualifications before our deadline in August.

You should read the following information carefully as it will help you determine whether you meet our entry requirements. You should also read the 'Assessing your application' section of the programme page for your intended degree programme and the information in the Making an Application section. Each application we receive is carefully considered on an individual...

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Assessment Methods

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. You will usually have to present up to four essays for each Economic History course, as well as delivering class presentations. The 10,000 word research project is counted as one course out of four in the third year. The compulsory second year course also has a 3,000 word project as part of the final assessment, worth 30 per cent of the final mark. The majority of other Economic History courses are assessed by means of formal three-hour examinations; some also include summative essays and presentations. Please note that assessment on individual courses can change year to year. An indication of the current formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide.

Feedback on coursework is an essential part of the teaching and learning experience at the School. Class teachers must mark formative coursework and return it with feedback to you normally within two weeks of submission (when the work is submitted on time). You will also receive feedback on any summative coursework you are required to submit as part of the assessment for individual courses (except on the final version of submitted dissertations). You will normally receive this feedback before the examination period. 

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help prepare you for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. You will usually have to present up to four essays for each Economic History course, as well as delivering class presentations. The 10,000 word research project is counted as one...

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Additional Information

UK/EU* students: 

The 2020 tuition fee for new UK/EU students is £9,250 for the first year.

The UK/EU undergraduate fee may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years.

*The UK Government confirmed in May 2019 that the fee level for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2020/21 will be the same as Home UK for the duration of their undergraduate degree programme.

Academic year (2020/21) :- 28 September 2020 - 18 June 2021

Application deadline :- 15 January 2020

Duration :- Three years full-time

  • Starting 2020
  • UK/EU full-time: Open from September
  • Overseas full-time: Open from September
  • Location: London

UK/EU* students:  The 2020 tuition fee for new UK/EU students is £9,250 for the first year. The UK/EU undergraduate fee may rise in line with inflation in subsequent years. *The UK Government confirmed in May 2019 that the fee level for EU undergraduate new entrants in 2020/21 will be the same as Home UK for the duration of their...

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