Frequently asked questions

Anyone can make a theory or a claim about anything but the important thing is can you provide real world evidence to back up and support that claim and that really is where Statistics comes into its element

Is there a deadline for applications?

There is no official deadline for applications for any of our Postgraduate courses. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible as competition for places is fierce.

Am I eligible to apply?

The basic entry requirements for each Postgraduate programme are clearly stated on our website.

The normal entry requirement to the MSc in Statistics, MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics), MSc Statistics (Social Statistics) and MSc Data Science programmes is at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, with a significant mathematical content. Suitable applicants tend to hold a degree in mathematics, statistics, or mathematics & economics. Well-qualified applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be considered on merit.

The normal entry requirement to the MSc in Quntitative Methods for Risk Management is an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in actuarial science, mathematics, statistics or mathematical economics/finance. The degree should include training in analysis and linear algebra, with rigorous proofs, and probability theory at the level of our third year undergraduate course ST302 Please see description in the Calendar at: ST302.  Well-qualified applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be considered on merit.

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

The entry requirement for the MPhil/PhD in Statistics is that all applicants should have completed a taught MSc containing a substantial statistical component.

For our Taught Masters programmes we also recommend that you consult the course descriptions on our website. 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.

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 on 1st October 2017. 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.

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.

Can I do the course part-time?

Some of our Postgraduate programmes are available with a part-time mode of attendance. The course duration would therefore be:

  • MSc in Statistics: full-time 9 months; part-time 21 months. If choosing to take research branch: full-time 12 months; part-time 24 months
  • MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics): full-time 9 months; part-time 21 months. If choosing to take research branch: full-time 12 months; part-time 24 months
  • MSc Statistics (Social Statistics): full-time 9 months, part-time 21 months. If choosing to take research branch: full-time 9 months, part-time 24 months.
  • MSc in Quantitative Methods for Risk Management: full-time 10 months, part-time 22 months

Please note that MSc Data Science is not currently available with a part-time mode of attendance.

For our Taught Masters courses this means that you will still need to attend lectures and classes on a weekly basis, approximately two or three days a week, depending on module options. For our MPhil/PhD programme, attendance at LSE may be required during your first year of study in order to attend courses suggested to you by your supervisor.

Lectures and classes are only taught during the day between 9am and 6pm, with no evening classes being available for any of these programmes. The Department of Statistics does not offer a distance learning or online study option.

A detailed timetable for lectures is available just before the start of the academic session.

For more information please see our FAQs for Part-time MSc Students.

If you wish to be a part-time research student, you must discuss with us the nature and hours of your employment. Work commitments should amount to at least 15 hours a week and be in the London area and during conventional working hours.

Government regulations do not normally admit students from outside the EU to study part-time.

Can I do the course in the evening or online?

Unfortunately the Department of Statistics does not run any evening classes for any of our postgraduate courses. We also do not offer online or distance learning. We require all students to be on campus for the entirety of their 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.

How much will it cost?

For full details of fees for all courses please refer to LSE's Table of Fees.

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.

What about my application? Can the Department of Statistics advise me?

The Department does not advise on individual applications. In particular for Master's programmes, you will be judged solely on the merit of your application. We cannot put applicants in touch with academic members of staff to discuss their application form or their suitability for the course.

The easiest way to check on your application is through the Graduate Admissions Office. You can contact them in different ways:

Email: Admissions Enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160 

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.

Can I send supporting documents or acceptance/refusal confirmation to the Department of Statistics?

Please do not send any documents or offer confirmation details to the Department of Statistics. Please contact Graduate Admissions to send all information directly.

Where can I find out about accommodation?

For up to date information and advice about accommodation in LSE halls of residence and private rented accommodation in London please refer to the Accommodation for Students website. You will also find useful information about travel, hotels and hostels in London, insurance and more.

Who can I contact if my question is not answered here?

Please read all the information referred to above very carefully. If, and only if, you are sure that your question remains unanswered, please email us at statistics@lse.ac.uk. Whilst we try to deal with enquiries as quickly as possible, please understand that we receive a lot of emails and there may be a short delay before we respond to your query.