London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MRes/PhD Economics


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our Department pioneered the development of systematic research training in economics in Britain and our PhD programme aims for the highest international standard of achievement and professional competence. The intellectual climate created by a substantial number of able and enthusiastic students, along with the input of an encouraging and skilled staff are the most important assets of the programme. Many research students are associated with the work of one of LSE's research centres. The largest are: the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, with major groups working on distributional analysis, economics of industry, econometrics, economic theory, economic organisation and public policy; the Centre for Economic Performance, looking at technology and growth, globalisation, labour markets and financial stability; and the Financial Markets Group, specialising in risk management, asset pricing, financial institutions and corporate finance. During the past two decades, LSE has developed a remarkable record of placing its PhD students in academic positions in the United States, as well as in the best research universities in Europe. A PhD in Economics from LSE consists of six coursework credits, largely completed over two years, followed by a thesis which is expected to take either two or (more usually) three years. There are two routes by which the coursework requirement can be completed; direct entry to the MRes/PhD programme (Track 1), or entry via an MSc. For most students, taking the MSc in year one is the appropriate and wiser route; the MSc is a long-established and highly prestigious degree in its own right. Only a minority of students with an unusually strong background in core subjects will be sufficiently well qualified for the direct entry route.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 603.
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