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Applying for Economic History at LSE?

I'm applying for Economic History at LSE and got my 8 week email on 28th November. I have a couple of questions about my application:
1. Should I be worried I haven't heard anything yet?
2. I am applying with predictions of AAA, is this too low? I got 4A* 5A at GCSE
3. I am applying for economics and politics for my other courses, my personal statement however included a lot on history in economics, so should I be worried it won't be good enough for LSE?

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Reply 1
I studied economic history at LSE, graduated this year.

1. Nope. IIRC the EH department sends out a lot of offers later on, often in March. I received my offer in late March.
2. I think those predictions are fine. Your GCSEs should be fine, they're similar to what I got.
3. Writing a PS for a niche subject like econ history can be tricky because, as you say, virtually no one chooses economic history courses for all 5 of their UCAS options (I don't even know if there are 5 different universities that do EH...). Consequently I'm sure the department are used to getting personal statements that are a bit less focused on economic history itself. In that context if you have managed to include 'a lot on history in economics' then that sounds good to me.

Good luck and congrats on choosing the best course at the LSE :wink:
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Original post by apt9
I studied economic history at LSE, graduated this year.

1. Nope. IIRC the EH department sends out a lot of offers later on, often in March. I received my offer in late March.
2. I think those predictions are fine. Your GCSEs should be fine, they're similar to what I got.
3. Writing a PS for a niche subject like econ history can be tricky because, as you say, virtually no one chooses economic history courses for all 5 of their UCAS options (I don't even know if there are 5 different universities that do EH...). Consequently I'm sure the department are used to getting personal statements that are a bit less focused on economic history itself. In that context if you have managed to include 'a lot on history in economics' then that sounds good to me.

Good luck and congrats on choosing the best course at the LSE :wink:


Wow, thank you and congrats on your graduation! I truly find Economic History fascinating, the open day was incredibly interesting and the academics in the department seemed like leaders in their specialised field. March is quite late to hear an offer, so I shouldn't be too worried then if I don't hear anything. I feel quite disappointed that other Unis don't offer Econ History as an undergrad degree :frown: just a few more questions:
Do you know why they took until March to decide to offer you a place?
And what are you doing in terms of employment? What sort of opportunities available to Econ History graduate? Many thanks :biggrin:
Reply 3
Original post by maoism123
Wow, thank you and congrats on your graduation! I truly find Economic History fascinating, the open day was incredibly interesting and the academics in the department seemed like leaders in their specialised field. March is quite late to hear an offer, so I shouldn't be too worried then if I don't hear anything. I feel quite disappointed that other Unis don't offer Econ History as an undergrad degree :frown: just a few more questions:
Do you know why they took until March to decide to offer you a place?
And what are you doing in terms of employment? What sort of opportunities available to Econ History graduate? Many thanks :biggrin:


Thank you :smile:

No real idea why it took them until March. But from what I can remember (bearing in mind this was a while ago) there were a lot of EH offers around that time in the year I applied. So I don't think its unusual to wait that long for the EH department.

In terms of graduate destinations, LSE offers unusually detailed statistics on this (by department and even by degree), have a look here:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/CareersAndVacancies/graduateDestinations/eGems/DepartmentDegree.aspx
Reply 4
Original post by apt9
I studied economic history at LSE, graduated this year.

1. Nope. IIRC the EH department sends out a lot of offers later on, often in March. I received my offer in late March.
2. I think those predictions are fine. Your GCSEs should be fine, they're similar to what I got.
3. Writing a PS for a niche subject like econ history can be tricky because, as you say, virtually no one chooses economic history courses for all 5 of their UCAS options (I don't even know if there are 5 different universities that do EH...). Consequently I'm sure the department are used to getting personal statements that are a bit less focused on economic history itself. In that context if you have managed to include 'a lot on history in economics' then that sounds good to me.

Good luck and congrats on choosing the best course at the LSE :wink:


Same with me. I've applied for politics and economics in 3 unis and Economic History at LSE and Edinburgh. My prediction is 4A*5A 1B and my A2 predictions are A*A*B. Are these results fine for Economic History at LSE?
Reply 5
Original post by dk1234
Same with me. I've applied for politics and economics in 3 unis and Economic History at LSE and Edinburgh. My prediction is 4A*5A 1B and my A2 predictions are A*A*B. Are these results fine for Economic History at LSE?


Depends on your A-level subject choices and your personal statement (e.g. how well you segued into economic history in a politics and economics statement), your grades should be competitive for LSE though.
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Reply 6
Original post by apt9
Depends on your A-level subject choices and your personal statement (e.g. how well you segued into economic history in a politics and economics statement), your grades should be competitive for LSE though.


maths, Econ and Pol- one essay subject required- thats the only subject requirement. In my PS the Economics part of it was specifically about things like the Great Depression. the Progressive Era so some history there. the other part of it was politics cuz im applying for econ and politics everywhere else.
Reply 7
Original post by dk1234
maths, Econ and Pol- one essay subject required- thats the only subject requirement. In my PS the Economics part of it was specifically about things like the Great Depression. the Progressive Era so some history there. the other part of it was politics cuz im applying for econ and politics everywhere else.


Sounds a good mix of subjects to me, you should have a decent chance. Good luck!
Reply 8
I got an offer from LSE for economic history this week with slightly lower grades than you so I wouldn't worry :smile:
I got 2 A*'s, 5 A's and 2 B's at GCSE and I'm predicted A*AB at A Level in Literature, History and Maths
Reply 9
Original post by klm7
I got an offer from LSE for economic history this week with slightly lower grades than you so I wouldn't worry :smile:
I got 2 A*'s, 5 A's and 2 B's at GCSE and I'm predicted A*AB at A Level in Literature, History and Maths


Congrats on your offer! ๐Ÿ˜Š If you don't mind me asking, what were your AS grades? And when did you receive the 8 weeks email?
Reply 10
Original post by uniinnit
Congrats on your offer! ๐Ÿ˜Š If you don't mind me asking, what were your AS grades? And when did you receive the 8 weeks email?


Thank you!

My AS grades were
English Literature - A
Maths - C
History - A
Physics - D

I got the 8 week email on October 31st then my offer on January 11th so with the two weeks taken off for Christmas they took 8 weeks and 2 days :smile:
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Original post by klm7
Thank you!

My AS grades were
English Literature - A
Maths - C
History - A
Physics - D

I got the 8 week email on October 31st then my offer on January 11th so with the two weeks taken off for Christmas they took 8 weeks and 2 days :smile:


Thanks for replying! I think i still have a month to hear back on my decision, the wait is too long hahah, but that's really helpful to know :smile:
Does anyone know how hard it would be to transfer from International History to Economic History?
Reply 13
Original post by Caedite eos
Does anyone know how hard it would be to transfer from International History to Economic History?


I never actually heard of anyone doing that while I was at LSE. You would have to ask the history department and discuss it with your academic adviser. If you wanted to do it, it might help to take the two first year EH courses (EH101 and EH102) as outside options in your first year. That might facilitate a switch to the Economic History BSc going into second year.
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Original post by apt9
I never actually heard of anyone doing that while I was at LSE. You would have to ask the history department and discuss it with your academic adviser. If you wanted to do it, it might help to take the two first year EH courses (EH101 and EH102) as outside options in your first year. That might support your case for a switch to the Economic History BSc going into second year.


Theoretically I believe my first year modules could be:

HY113
EH101
EH102
EC100

The history degree allows for two of HY113, HY116, HY118, EH101 or and then two outside modules (which for me would be EH102 and EC100), so I think this works given no logistical/timetabling issues.

If I end up doing all the compulsory Economic Histoey modules in my first year of the History course (EC101, EH102, EHC100 and a history module) would that make the transition across degrees fairly straightforward?

According to http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/students/registrationTimetablesAssessment/Registration/Changes/Degree-Transfer-Conditions.pdf the condition it seems that if I get good grades in the first year I could transfer easily, especially since i would be doing the same modules as Economic Histody first years anyway.

However this is all simply speculation. As someone who has experience in the Economic history department, do you think my line of reasoning makes sense? Or are they stringent about who they let transfer and whatnot?

Thanks for your help :smile:
Reply 15
Original post by Caedite eos
Theoretically I believe my first year modules could be:

HY113
EH101
EH102
EC100

The history degree allows for two of HY113, HY116, HY118, EH101 or and then two outside modules (which for me would be EH102 and EC100), so I think this works given no logistical/timetabling issues.

If I end up doing all the compulsory Economic Histoey modules in my first year of the History course (EC101, EH102, EHC100 and a history module) would that make the transition across degrees fairly straightforward?

According to http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/students/registrationTimetablesAssessment/Registration/Changes/Degree-Transfer-Conditions.pdf the condition it seems that if I get good grades in the first year I could transfer easily, especially since i would be doing the same modules as Economic Histody first years anyway.

However this is all simply speculation. As someone who has experience in the Economic history department, do you think my line of reasoning makes sense? Or are they stringent about who they let transfer and whatnot?

Thanks for your help :smile:


I think if you took all of those courses and got good grades then it's highly likely you would be able to transfer. As you say, you would have covered the same material as a straight EH student. The EH department is pretty relaxed so I doubt you would have any problems there at all.

By the way this might be an obvious thing to say but I wouldn't mention your desire to transfer straight away to your academic adviser/the history department. Maybe bring it up midway into first year. That way it won't look as though you weren't committed to the BA History in the first place.

As an aside, that first year course selection looks so much fun :smile: I took EH101 and EC100, though with HY116. All great courses. Wish I could have done EH102 but they only introduced it last year.

Enjoy!
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Reply 16
Original post by Caedite eos
Does anyone know how hard it would be to transfer from International History to Economic History?


I'm just wondering why you didn't apply for Economic History in the first place.
I understand why someone would apply for Economic History intending to switch to ordinary History but not the other way round because History has higher entry requirements and is more popular, so I'd think that if you could get an offer for that, you could have got one for Economic History.
Did you change your mind after applying?
guys, with an
IB predicted of- 39
and
IGCSE- 3A* 2A 2B

Do I have any chance for Economics History at LSE? Looking at the grade you guys have, I don't really stand a chance though. I wanted to take a chance and hence I applied.. :| :frown:
Original post by Mikhail1710
guys, with an
IB predicted of- 39
and
IGCSE- 3A* 2A 2B

Do I have any chance for Economics History at LSE? Looking at the grade you guys have, I don't really stand a chance though. I wanted to take a chance and hence I applied.. :| :frown:


Honestly since LSE cares a lot about Personal Statement, and if you make the entry requirements (don't know what it is for Econ History, I assume it is 766 HL, 37 points?) You have a chance.

Trying is definitely better than not trying at all!

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Original post by wolfmoon88
Honestly since LSE cares a lot about Personal Statement, and if you make the entry requirements (don't know what it is for Econ History, I assume it is 766 HL, 37 points?) You have a chance.

Trying is definitely better than not trying at all!

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yeah.. the entry requirement is 37 with 666. My Personal Statement is more focused on Economics but, a little bit of economics history.

I got 39 with 776, but my IGCSE is crap... The rejection is going to be heart destroying.. if that is even a word.. :frown:
Thanks though

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