London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

MSc Economics and Philosophy


Houghton Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc.-Economics and Philosophy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Taught jointly by two internationally respected departments at LSE, this degree is unique in offering students the opportunity both to further their studies in economics and to acquire a deeper understanding of the nature and significance of its methods, normative implications and conceptual foundations. The degree offers a good preparation for doctoral research in both economics and the philosophy of economics and social science, as well as for employment in such fields as financial and economic journalism, consulting and policy formulation. To do this degree you must have a strong undergraduate training in economics. To succeed on the programme you need to prove that you can work to a high standard and have excellent analytical ability; the core economics and econometrics courses assume a knowledge of constrained optimisation, matrix algebra and basic statistics. We expect students to have very good undergraduate grades; for most British students these should have concentrated exclusively on economics and quantitative subjects. Two compulsory courses from: microeconomics; macroeconomics; methods of economic investigation. Compulsory seminars in: philosophical research and writing; economics and philosphy. One optional course from: philosophy of science; foundations of probability; philosophy of the social sciences; philosophy of economics; evidence, objectivity and policy. 10,000 word dissertation.

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International Financial Aid: No

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