London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MPhil/PhD Economic History


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MPhil/PhD Economic History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

To undertake research you should have completed a taught master's degree in economic history, economics or a closely related subject. Other students will be expected to take the MSc Economic History (Research) as the first year of their programme. Incoming students may also be required during the first year of the MPhil/PhD to take one or more examined MSc options related to the provision of core knowledge and individual research interests. Those entering from the master's degrees in the Department are required to achieve a Merit overall and 65 per cent in the Dissertation to qualify for entry to the MPhil/PhD programme. All research students who have not already taken the MSc in Economic History in the Department are expected to attend the MSc (Research) core courses, Historical Analysis of Economic Change and Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History. These courses provide a basic awareness of historical methodology and central themes in economic history; introduce important analytical tools used by economic historians and consider how these have and can be applied in research; and examine how statistical techniques and inference procedures can be used in the study of economic history. In addition, all first year research students attend a compulsory course, which provides a forum for the discussion of general issues and problems relating to PhD research, as well as assisting students to clarify their topics and research strategies through the examination of texts related to their proposed thesis areas. Supervisors may also require students to take additional taught courses in the first year of study. A thesis workshop for all graduate research students is held weekly during term, and all students are expected to attend. This provides a forum for students to chair seminars, present papers, and act as discussants, and as such constitutes a central part of the graduate training programme.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 627
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