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Diploma in Economics

About the course

The Diploma in Economics is a qualification in its own right. It also provides an entry route to the LSE-led degrees in the fields of Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences if you do not currently have the qualifications required to study at degree level. Students who successfully complete the programme should have developed analytical and communicative competence in order to allow them to undertake further study at undergraduate level.

The Diploma is a taught programme and must be studied at a recognised centre, which is listed offering this programme on the Directory of Institutions.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Structure and Syllabus

You must pass all four courses in order to be awarded the Diploma in Economics. If you are applying for the Diploma in Economics, with the intention of proceeding to one of the degrees in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences, you should choose your courses with care. Consider the courses that are available on the degree that interest you and choose courses that are common to both that degree and the Diploma. This will help to ensure that, when you successfully complete the Diploma, you will receive credit for the courses you have passed.

Please note: the following course information sheets are in pdf format.

Diploma in Economics: 4 courses
One and a half compulsory courses
EC1002 Introduction to economics and ST104A Statistics 1 (half course)
Plus one of the following half courses:
GY1148 Methods of geographical analysis (half course) or
MT105A Mathematics 1 (half course)* or
SC1158 Reading social science (half course)
ST104B Statistics 2 (half unit)† or
Plus two courses (or the equivalent) chosen from:
AC1025 Principles of accounting
FN1024 Principles of banking and finance
GY1009 Human geography
GY1147 Physical geography: fundamentals of the physical environment
IR1011 Introduction to international relations
IR1034 World history since 1917
IS1060 Introduction to information systems
LA1031 Common law reasoning and institutions
MN1107 Introduction to business and management
MT105A Mathematics 1 (half course) and MT105B Mathematics 2 (half course)‡
MT1173 Algebra**
MT1174 Calculus
PS1114 Democratic politics and the state
PS1130 Introduction to modern political thought
SC1021 Principles of sociology

Notes:

  • The structure shown above is subject to confirmation in the 2011-2012 Regulations. The Regulations also contain full details on the rules that govern the choice of any course. Students already registered on the programme should consult the current Regulations section of our website.
  • *Students may not offer MT105A Mathematics 1 as a compulsory half course and MT105A Mathematics 1 and MT105B Mathematics 2 as additional courses.
  • †ST104B Statistics 2 must be taken with or after ST104A Statistics 1.
  • ‡MT105B Mathematics 2 must be taken with or after MT105A Mathematics 1.
  • **MT1173 Algebra can only be taken alongside MT1174 Calculus.
  • This page is intended for use by prospective students as a guide. The structure shown above is subject to confirmation in the 2010-2011 Regulations. The Regulations also contain full details on the rules that govern the choice of any unit. Students already registered on the programme should consult the current Regulations section of our website.
  • Some courses cannot be taken together. Where this applies, a note to this effect is included under the relevant syllabuses.
  • Course codes are new from the 2011–2012 academic year and replace any previous year’s examination numbers. This change does not affect the syllabus or course content. Please note that the course information sheet displays the old code – this will be updated in due course.

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