Good news: I have been accepted to study for a BSc in Development and Economics with the University of London through its distance learning programme. This is an economics degree with a focus on international development and poverty eradication that is offered under the guidance of LSE, the London School of Economics and Political Science.
I am excited, proud and a bit scared.
- Excited about the prospect of studying economics, a subject which I majored in at high school and in which I have never lost interest. I am mainly interested in how economics influences politics, especially in less stable regions of the world, and how economics can be used to achieve political results (e.g. if sanctions work, if developmental aid works), but due to my legal background of course also in the connection between rule of law and economic prosperity.
- Proud because I have been accepted by LSE, one of the most renowned and competitive universities in the world. LSE is among the best social science universities in the world. There are currently 18 Nobel Prize winners amongst the LSE’s alumni and current and former staff, as well as 34 past or present heads of state. LSE Economics courses receive 20 applications per place and thus have an acceptance rate of about 5 %.
- Scared because I will have to take mathematics. – More seriously, I am a bit worried because I am also studying for an MA in Philosophy at the same time and combining these two endeavours will require some rigorous discipline.
Of course, this means that I will have more posts about economics from now on. Enjoy and join the debate!
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The fear that I would not be able to handle both an MA in Philosophy and a BSc in Economics at the same time has materialized. As I have been focusing on philosophy, I never really had sufficient time to devote to the study of economics.
I have therefore transferred to the BSc in Politics & International Relations which will be easier for me (because I already deal with these subjects regularly as readers of my blog will be painfully aware of) and it will overlap more with my final dissertation for the MA in Philosophy which will be about some subject of political philosophy.
In 2013, I will attempt exams in the following 4 subjects: