Applicant FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Is there a deadline for applications? 

There is no official deadline for applications however, we advise that you apply as soon as possible as competition for places is fierce.


The programme I wanted to apply for is closed.

Most of our programmes close earlier than sceuduled due to reaching full capacity. Unfortunately if the Programme is closed, we can no longer accept any applicants. Our waiting list will also have reached full capacity. 

We would advise to apply when admissions re-open in October.

Am I eligible to apply?

You can find basic entry requirements for each programme by clicking on the programme which you are interested in and scrolling down to 'Entry Requirements' on the Graduate Admissions page.

Regretably due to the amount of enquires, we are unable to advise on individual cases.

Overseas students should consult the section on Equivalence of non-UK qualifications at the graduate prospectus website (please see the Graduate Admissions website).

For our Taught Masters programmes we also recommend that you consult the course descriptions for the courses on your chosen programme. This will give you a better idea of your suitability for the course as you should be familiar at least with some of the course content prior to starting the course. You can find these under the Programme Regulations. If you click the title of each course, you will be taken directly to the course guide.

Do you require references?

Yes. The Department of Statistics requires references to be submitted with your application form for all MSc programmes. Normally, this will be a tutor from your current or previous academic institution. 

More information can be found here.

Do I require GRE/GMAT scores for acceptance on to your taught postgraduate programmes?

The Department of Statistics does not require GRE/GMAT scores for entry on to our taught postgraduate programmes or for our MPhil/PhD in Statistics.

Are there any language requirements?

If your first language is not English or if the language of instruction of your previous degree is not English, we ask you to provide evidence of your command of English.

The British Council's International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an accepted qualifications. 

English tests must be less than two years old. If you have not yet taken the test, your application can be considered in its absence, but any offer will be conditional on your achieving the required score.

Please see here for more information.

Can I study part-time?

Please see our part-time student FAQs for further information on part-time study.

What should I write in my personal statement and how long should it be?

Your personal statement should state why you want to do the programme applied for and why you have chosen LSE. Brief details of your academic background and aspirations are also useful. If your background is outside of mathematics or statistics then you should provide further explanation of how your experience is relevant to the programme applied for; as well as further details of your current studies.

Your personal statement should be concise and should not exceed 500 words.

If you are applying for more than one choice in the Department of Statistics, it is recommended that you submit two separate personal statements. If the two programmes for which you are applying are very similar and you would prefer to combine the information in one statement then you may do so; however, please ensure that your statement clearly addresses your motivations for applying for each separate programme.

What financial support can I get from LSE?

The LSE does provide some financial support for both Taught Masters programmes and Research programmes. Details can be found on the Financial Support website.

How do I...?

The How do I...? section provides guidance on carrying out the most common tasks for applicants. You can check the status of your application, amend or add course choices, submit new information, change from full-time to part-time and pay administration fees. If you have already received an offer of a place on our course you are able to request offer certificates, decline your offer or request to defer your offer, amongst other things.

Simply visit the Graduate Admissions 'How Do I..' page.

How do I find out more about visa requirements? 

The Department of Statistics is unable to advise on visa queries.

Please contact our International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT). You can submit a question via their Web Query Form here.

I have a different question, who can I contact?

Please check the Admissions Enquires system first. 

If your query relates to the Department of Statistics or one of our degree programmes, please contact statistics@lse.ac.uk. 

Due to the high volume of enquiries that we receive, we are regrettably unable to advise on individual suitability for any of our degree programmes.