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Masters in economic history at Oxford, Cambridge, or LSE? watch

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    I know Oxbridge is Oxbridge, but LSE seems to have the largest economic history department in the UK if not the whole world. Considering its reputation in the social sciences, how does LSE’s masters in economic history compare with Oxford and Cambridge’s?
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    The courses at Oxford and Cambridge are broad and consider Social as well as Economic History. They are History degrees first, Economic History second.

    LSEs Economic History department is separate from the History department and has close ties to the Economics department, and is somewhat unique in offering more scope for quantitative research using modern economic/metric methods.

    Economic History is essentially a purely academic degree. If you're not doing it as a prelude to a PhD, you should probably re-assess whether it's worth doing at all. In terms of PhDs, LSE and Oxbridge are interchangeable in general for social science research, and for Economic History in particular there's a good argument as above that LSE is better. So no, Oxbridge is not "Oxbridge" in this realm.

    If your undergraduate course was in Economics or Economic History, LSE will probably be more appropriate. If your background is in History the nature of the courses at Oxbridge may suit more.
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