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EC202: Intermediate Macroeconomics

Subject Area: Economics

Course details

  • Department
    Department of Economics
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Session oneNot running in 2024
Session twoClosed - 8 Jul 2024 - 26 Jul 2024
Session threeNot running in 2024


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What are the forces that drive long-term prosperity? Why do boom and busts occur? What is the role of banks and why are they inherently fragile? These are some of the pressing challenges macroeconomics aims to address.

Both business and government leaders need to have a firm understanding of macroeconomics in order to make strategic decisions in today’s highly dynamic and international global market.

This course brings you up to date with modern developments in macroeconomics to help you analyse the macroeconomic issues of the day. Covering key topics such as, economic growth, business cycles, unemployment, financial markets and banking, inflation, monetary and fiscal policy and international macroeconomics, you will have the opportunity to apply economic models to understand real-world data.

Engaging with leading faculty and your peers, you will delve into some of the most pressing global challenges, exploring how the study of macroeconomics can help solve these problems. As a result, by the end of the course, you will take away in-depth analytical tools to interpret global economic shifts and their impact on the public and private sectors.

Key information

Prerequisites: Introductory macroeconomics (see our course EC102 for an example of the required level) and microeconomics (see EC101), and differential calculus.

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees: Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment: Two written examinations

Typical credit: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

Please note: Assessment is optional but may be required for credit by your home institution. Your home institution will be able to advise how you can meet their credit requirements. For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment

Is this course right for you?

This course is suitable if you already have an introductory-level understanding of macroeconomics and would like to pursue the field in further depth. It aims to bring you up to date with modern developments in macroeconomic theory and offer fresh perspectives on the macroeconomic challenges of the day.

It is especially suited if you wish to pursue further study in economics or if you are targeting a career in policy development, government, consulting and business management.


  • Understand the fundamental principles of macroeconomics at an intermediate level
  • Identify trends and fluctuations using macroeconomic data and apply economic models to explain these
  • Analyse monetary and fiscal policy options available to ameliorate business cycles
  • Understand changes in interest rates and assess the consequences of high levels of public and private debt
  • Analyse the implications of globalisation of trade and finance for the economy


Felix Plunkett, Australia

This course has confirmed the fact that being a good economist, understanding how markets work and people think is a really powerful skill that has the capacity to do a lot of good.


The design of this course is guided by LSE faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Kevin Sheedy

Dr Kevin Sheedy

Assistant Professor of Economics


The LSE Department of Economics is one of the largest and most prestigious in the world. It is the highest ranked faculty in Europe, according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings, with no fewer than 13 Nobel Prizes among current and former professors and alumni. The Department’s reputation is far-reaching, with research that has influenced responses to major global challenges, such as climate change, economic instability, development and growth, at a global level.

In our highly international faculty, students will learn from global thought-leaders and gain a thorough understanding of economic principles grounded in rigorous research. A long-standing commitment to remaining at the cutting-edge of developments in the field has ensured the lasting impact of the work of the Department on the discipline as a whole. This ensures that students are equipped with the necessary analytical skills to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.


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