London School of Economics and Political Science
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Birmingham as a city has grown on me and now I really love it, the halls are not too bad in first year but it’s more fun when you get to pick your own house in year 2 as you can then live with friends. Uni life is a big step up from school but it’s much more enjoyable. My course is really good as it allows me to choose lots of different modules/units which I can use towards my career. Campus Advisor
Enjoying it a lot. It’s a lovely uni. G E
Great uni really like it - sometimes a bit too much work given and makes it hard trying to juggle everything. Apart from that it’s really good. R P
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This was a brilliant course, it led me to getting a really good job once I left the university. Now a full time engjneer enjoying my career -Anonymous -
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Intense course but intellectually stimulating content Harry C
My course is so interesting and I’m so glad I’ve picked it, I’ve met so many great friends and it’s so much better than college, a big step up. -Anonymous -
I really developed my communication and transferable skills at this post. You mature so quickly and a placement will teach you skills it's very hard to develop at uni. Claire W
Great uni!!!! loved looking around. Accommodation looks good - different standards in different locations so pick carefully. Michael Harrison
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The London School of Economics and Political Science
About this University
The LSE Department of Economics is one of the biggest and best in the world, with expertise across the full spectrum of mainstream economics. A long-standing commitment to remaining at the cutting edge of developments in the field has ensured the lasting impact of its work on the discipline as a whole. Almost every major intellectual development within Economics over the past fifty years has had input from members of the department, which counts ten Nobel Prize winners among its current and former staff and students. Our alumni are employed in a wide range of national and international organisations, in government, international institutions, business and finance.
We are a leading research department, consistently ranked in the top 20 economics departments worldwide. This is reflected in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise which recognised the Department's outstanding contribution to the field. According to the REF 2014 results, 56 per cent of the Department’s research output was graded 4 star (the highest category), indicating that it is 'world-leading'. A further 33 per cent was designated 'internationally excellent' (3 star).
The Department’s research has been utilised in efforts to tackle major global challenges such as climate change; economic instability; economic development and growth; and national and global productivity and inequality, often catalysing profound shifts in policy debate and formulation. Professor Stern’s work, for example, has transformed worldwide debate on the economics of climate change, and CEP research on ‘happiness’, led by Professor Lord Richard Layard, has had similarly far-reaching effects on debate about human wellbeing. You can read about their work, as well as some of our other recent research projects on our Research Impact and Case Studies page.
The Department’s ground-breaking work also generates high levels of public interest, a fact reflected in its frequent coverage by national and international media. It responds to that interest through an extensive programme of public lectures, attracting high-profile speakers such as Ben S Bernanke, outgoing chairman of the US Federal Reserve, and Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the IMF.
Our commitment to developing and maintaining practical engagement alongside academic excellence is a hallmark of the Department, whose past and present members have played significant roles in shaping UK and international economic policy. Both the former Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, and former Deputy Governor, Sir Charlie Bean, were Professors in the Economics Department before they took up their appointments at the Bank and have now returned to the Department. Professor Tim Besley served on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee and Professor Lord Nicholas Stern was second permanent secretary to HM Treasury and Chief Economist of the World Bank. Our faculty advise governments and central banks, multilateral and aid agencies, and private sector organisations in the UK, Europe and around the world.
There is a cosmopolitan feel to the Department; well over half the members of staff were born or educated outside the UK, and nearly three-quarters of students come from overseas. The Department offers a range of Bachelors and Masters degrees, as well as a structured doctoral training in economics.