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BSc (Hons) Economics

BSc Economics
(BA (Hons) Economics)

BSc Economics
(BA (Hons) Economics)

BSc (Hons) Economics

Programme Overview

The London School of Economics (LSE), ranked 5th in the world for Economics and Econometrics (QS 2020), is synonymous with excellence in these disciplines. Its BSc (Hons) Economics programme, therefore, is one of the best foundations you can give yourself if you are a budding economist.

This programme will equip you with a nuanced understanding of economic models and the ability to analyse and propose policy solutions to economic problems. After studying microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, applied mathematics, international and monetary economics and finance, you will be able to develop deep insights into the dynamics of  global and national economies.

This peerless Economics education will open up myriad career options. You will not only give yourself a substantial edge when applying for prestigious postgraduate programmes in Economics around the world, but will also become a highly competitive applicant for working in areas such as policy-making (whether with government, international or non-government organisations), development work, data science, consulting, finance and economic research.

Note: this Bachelor’s of Economics programme follows the convention of treating Economics as a ‘science’ rather than an ‘art’, signifying a more quantitative/analytical approach. It is loosely comparable with the traditional BA (Hons) Economics, or “Economics Honours”, offered by many Indian universities.

First Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
Introduction to EconomicsO. Birchall with D. Verry and M. BrayPDF link
Mathematics 1 (Half Course)M. AnthonyPDF link
Statistics 1J.S. AbdeyPDF link
Statistics 2J.S. AbdeyPDF link
Mathematics 2 (Half Course)M. AnthonyPDF link
Principles of Banking and FinanceM. Buckle, E. BeccalliPDF link
Second Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
MicroeconomicsA. DaripaPDF link
Elements of EconometricsC. DoughertyPDF link
MacroeconomicsV. Polito with C. BrendonPDF link
Elective – from courses being offered
Third Year
CourseLSE Course AuthorCourse Information Sheet
Monetary EconomicsY. AksoyPDF link
Mathematical EconomicsM. Bray, R. Razin, A. SarychevPDF link
International EconomicsR. VersteegPDF link
Elective – Any course being offered

Popular electives include Further Mathematics for Economists (PDF Link), Machine Learning (PDF Link), Business Analytics, Applied Modelling and Prediction (PDF Link) and other Management and Finance courses offered.

The academic session for this programme will start with two weeks of Foundation Courses in Applied Mathematics, Logic and Statistics.

To pursue this programme, you must have studied Mathematics up to Class XII. There is no other stream or subject-related eligibility criterion. Having studied Economics previously is not necessary.

You are a good fit for this programme if:

  • You are deeply interested in how the world economy functions and how economies of different countries are interconnected
  • You enjoy mathematical problems. Note – this is not so much about scoring high marks in Mathematics as much as it is about having an interest in the subject.
  • You wish to contribute to solving pressing social and economic issues such as poverty, inequality, healthcare, education, inflation and economic growth
  • You want a headstart to prepare you for a Master’s degree in Economics or related disciplines

Postgraduate Study

Having received an LSE undergraduate education, you will have a significant edge when applying for Master’s programmes around the world after graduating. You could look to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctorate in economics, or branch out into allied areas such as data science, finance, development, policy, management and business administration (MBA). 

Work

A rigorous undergraduate education in economics equips one with a rather enviable set of skills – modelling, critical thinking, problem-solving, breaking down a complicated real-world phenomenon into fundamental building blocks, and continuously and consciously applying theoretical ideas to the world we live in. Given the breadth of the uses of these skills, economics opens one up to a world of work opportunities.

Economics Research (Academic or Corporate)

Data Science

Financial Analysis/Research

Private Equity

Management/Strategy Consulting

Digital Marketing

Policy Research

Business Analytics

Actuarial Science

Corporate Banking

Market Research

Entrepreneurship

Development Work, including with International Agencies

Big Data Analytics

Investment Banking

Investment Management

Marketing

Priya Bansal
BSc (Hons) Economics, Batch of 2017
MSc Economics at LSE on full scholarship
Assistant Professor, ISBF

The journey was very eventful. I spent sleepless nights studying, and that’s how I achieved the LSE scholarship. I would like to mention my teachers, who were very supportive throughout these 3 years of my life.

Pranay Agrawal
BSc (Hons) Economics, Batch of 2013
Analyst, CRISIL Ltd
Equity Research Analyst, Goldman Sachs

There was no disconnect moving from academic years to professional years. I was taught to think critically, and be aware of what’s happening around the world. Today, when I look back, I think a lot of what I am able to connect to is because of my learning at ISBF.