M.Sc. On Campus

Financial History

London School of Economics and Political Science

12 months
24456 GBP/year
15816 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Financial History programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science provides students with a historical and interdisciplinary perspective on the main challenges facing the global monetary and financial system and capital markets. In the last decade, the field of financial history has experienced considerable growth globally.


About the programme

The Financial History programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science will allow students from various academic backgrounds (history, finance, economics or any related discipline) to acquire a deep understanding of the functioning of capital markets and of the conduct of monetary affairs through a historical approach. It will train you, through the study of financial history, to think critically and deeply about monetary and financial problems.

Having successfully completed the MSc Financial History programme you will be able to:

  • Apply theories of money, banking and finance to concrete historical case studies from a broad range of countries;
  • Identify the causes of monetary and financial instability and crises through a combination of quantitative and qualitative historical methods;
  • Assess the effects of monetary and financial policies on the economy and capital markets through a historical analysis taking account of the broader economic, social, and political context;
  • Draw parallels between various historical episodes of credit booms, financial market bubbles, inflations, and crises and identify what can be learned from them;
  • Understand the historical origins of today’s global financial and monetary architecture;
  • Reflect critically on the main policy debates in the areas of money and finance and on the trade-offs they involve, for example with regard to financial regulation, quantitative easing, exchange rate regimes, and capital controls;
  • Put current monetary and financial problems into a long run perspective and analyse them with the eye of a financial historian.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Global Finance
  • History of Financial Markets
  • Quantitative Analysis in Economic History
  • International Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Global Financial Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in social science.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24456 GBP/year
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  • National

    15816 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15816 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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