MA OpenDay


to the BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics

Welcome to The London School of Economics and Political Science, and to the Department of Mathematics. We look forward to seeing you when you arrive. Hopefully you have already received some information from the School about registration, Welcome and other important matters. We will also be sending you some information which you should receive during September.

Undergraduate Handbook

Academic Mentor Appointment Details

LSE Campus Map

Welcome Presentation Part One

Welcome Presentation Part Two

Meetings in welcome week

You are invited to three student welcome meetings:

  • The Departmental Welcome Meeting (Part 1) takes place on Tuesday 24th September at 10:00 in the Yangtze Lecture Theatre, Central Building (CBG)This session is compulsory so please make sure you attend. The welcome meeting will be followed by a reception at 12:15 in The Venue, basement of the Saw Swee Hock building with food and drink, where you will be able to meet your fellow students, your academic mentor and other members of staff.
  • The Departmental Welcome Meeting (Part 2) takes place on Thursday 26th September at 11.00 in the Auditorium, Central Building (CBG). This session is also compulsory so please make sure you attend. In this meeting you will find out lots of important information about the degree and the department. 
  • The third Welcome Presentation is organised by the School and is for all new undergraduates. This will be take place Tuesday 24th September at 15:00-16:30 in the Peacock Theatre (PEA). You should have been sent details on this by the School, but can also find the details on the Welcome Week webpage.

During the remainder of the Welcome Week there are plenty of things you can do and some of them you must do.

Among the things you must do during the Welcome Week is register as a student. Registration for all new Mathematics undergraduate students will take place on Monday 23rd September on the Ground Floor in Clement House (see building CLM on the LSE map) between 12:45-13:30. See also the LSE Registration webpage.

If for some reason you can't make some of the meetings above, let us know! Please email 

Once the formal requirements of the week are out of the way you can of course spend hours at the Students' Union Freshers' Fair (Information about this will appear on the Students' Union webpages around mid-September:

You can find full details about everything taking place in Welcome 2019 here.

Your first advisory meeting

One member of the academic staff in the Department will be assigned to you as your academic mentor. You can go to them for academic guidance or if you have problems, whether they are academic problems (courses, teachers, etc.) or problems of a more personal nature. You should also see your mentor a couple of times during the year to discuss study progress, course choices, etc.

You will be introduced to your mentor during the departmental welcome talk on Tuesday 24th September. A first meeting with your mentor will be scheduled for one day of the Welcome. The exact times for each student will be announced during the departmental session.

All appointment times will be posted around the Department following the Welcome Meeting on Tuesday 24th September.

Finally, it makes good sense to make sure your mentor gets to know you. For instance, they are likely to be one of the people to write reference letters for you in the future. So make sure you see them regularly, even if it is just to let them know you are doing fine!  

Courses for the first year

First year students in the Mathematics and Economics, Mathematics with Economics, and Financial Mathematics & Statistics degrees are expected to follow the following four courses:

  • EC100 - Economics AMoodle
    or EC102 - Economics B:  Moodle;

  • MA100 - Mathematical MethodsMoodle  

  • MA103 - Introduction to Abstract MathematicsMoodle

  • ST102 - Elementary Statistical TheoryMoodle  

You can find course guides for undergraduate courses (2019-20) here.

For each course you will have two hours of lectures and one hour of class. The lectures are attended by all students in the same course. This means that there can be up to 800 students in your largest first year lecture! The (provisional) timetable for the lectures can be found via the School's timetables page.

Classes are formed by groups of up to about 15 students, presided over by a class teacher. This is a more informal type of teaching, where you will have a chance to ask questions and so. Classes are compulsory and attendance records are held. Also, classes for first year courses start in weeks 2 or 3 of the first term. The group assignments for classes and their timetables will become available by the end of week 1.

The lecturers of the core course MA100 - Mathematical Methods, have produced a document containing background information and some revision exercises. We advise you to attempt these before you arrive at LSE, or as soon as possible after your arrival. These exercises have been emailed out to you.

There is an option to do a language course, counting as part of your degree, during your time at the LSE. But you can also follow a programme in your own time to learn an extra language or to improve your English. More information can be found on the website of the LSE Language Centre 

Preparatory reading 

You should familiarise yourself with the following document: MA100 - Background You Should Know and Exercises 

Students often also ask about preparatory reading. The advice we usually give is that students should consider buying Mathematics for Economics and Finance by Martin Anthony and Norman Biggs, (Cambridge University Press, 1996), as pre-reading for the Maths courses. Although this is not a set text for any of the first-year courses it is a good introduction to the ways in which mathematics and economics work together. 

Much of university level mathematics is concerned with formal proofs and rigorous mathematical argument, and this is necessary for some of the advanced mathematics required in finance, economics, and other fields of application. For an introduction, we recommend: 

  • L Alcock, How to Study for a Mathematics Degree (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • R Allenby, Numbers and Proofs (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997)
  • A Dilnot, The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers (Profile books, 2007)
  • P Eccles, An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (Cambridge University Press, 1997)
  • D Hand, Statistics: a very short introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008)

You might also consider looking at the set texts listed in the course guides referred to above, but advice will be given to you in your first lectures about which books to purchase, so don't feel obliged to buy all the books listed in advance.

Any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the orientation process, you can contact the Mathematics Department Office by email at, or by phone +44 (0)20 7955 7732.

Can't make the welcome session?

In particular we like to hear from you if you won't be able to attend the departmental welcome session on Tuesday 24th September. If this is the case we will try to arrange something else to make sure you get the essential information needed.

Further information

There is a lot of helpful information available on the LSE website for new students. Two good places to start are the Offer Holders page (for information relevant to you before leaving home to come to LSE) and the LSE New Arrivals page, for those first few days after you arrive at LSE.

Some pages you should also be sure to look at are:

You are also encouraged to browse the substantial amount of information that you can find on the LSE website and the Mathematics Department website.