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Part Time Student FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Can I take an MSc programme in the Department of Statistics part-time?

Some of our Postgraduate programmes are available with a part-time mode of attendance. These include:

  • MSc Statistics
  • MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics)
  • MSc Statistics (Social Statistics)
  • MSc Quantitative Methods for Risk Management

Please note that it is not possible to take either the MSc Data Science or the LSE-Fudan Double Masters in Financial Statistics and Chinese Economy part-time.

Please see the Programme page for more details, under the heading 'Programme structure and courses'. 

For our Taught Masters courses 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.

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.

Do you teach evening classes or distance learning?

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 also 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.

How do I structure my modules?

Part-time study is split over a two-year period, with students typically taking two units per year spread equally across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term.

For MSc Statistics, MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) and MSc Statistics (Social Statistics), you must take the core module, ST425 Statistical Inference: Principles, Methods and Computation in your first year.

If you choose to take the 12 month programme, you would take the dissertation option in the second year. A list of potential topics is circulated in the middle of Michaelmas Term, but it is also possible to choose your own topic provided a supervisor can be found. You would be expected to identify a supervisor and submit your research proposal in November.

For MSc Quantitative Methods for Risk Management, you must take the core module ST409 Stochastic Processes in the first year. In addition you would be expected to attend the pre-sessional MA400 September Introductory course which takes place over 2 weeks at the beginning of September. Therefore you must make arrangements to be available during this period of time.

All students must meet with their programme director at the beginning of term to agree their optional course choices. This is a good opportunity to discuss how best to structure your courses to ensure you are able to balance your studies with your other commitments.

What will my typical contact hours be?

For each half unit course, contact time is typically 3 hours per week, consisting of a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour class (or 2-hour class each fortnight) but this may vary according to the course so please check the timetable carefully.

Is there a different timetable for part-time students?

You will be subject to the same timetable as a full-time student, albeit with a reduced number of hours per week.

The School timetable changes from year to year and is not finalised until August therefore we are unable to confirm this information in advance.

Part-time students are strongly advised to wait until the timetable is available before finalising their other commitments.

If lecturers reschedule their classes and I am unable to attend, what should I do?

From time to time, it is necessary for lectures or classes to be rescheduled. In such cases, the first point of contact should be the lecturer. Please make full use of the advice and feedback hours offered by lecturers. If the Advice and Feedback hours are difficult for you to attend, then you can always email the lecturer in question. Video recordings of the lecture may be available for some courses.

Are there other part-time students in my course/department? How do I get in contact with them?

Please contact the Department's MSc Administrator, Sarah McManus, if you would like to find other part-time students on your programme. 

When should I pay the second instalment of tuition fees?

Please consult with the fees office if you have any fee-related queries, as this is not managed by the Department of Statistics.

When do I get my student ID for my second year? Why is it not valid for two years?

Wherever possible, your card should normally be valid for two years. However, because of the way our systems work, this is not always possible. If you find that your card does expire before you are due to complete your programme, Student Services will automatically e-mail you before your current card expires to let you know that a new card has been produced and is ready for collection. Upon receipt of that e-mail you just need to come to the Student Services Centre and swap your old card for your new one.

I am not yet sure whether part-time study is right for me. Can I switch to full time study partway through the year?

It is possible to change from part-time to full-time study and vice versa partway through the year, but this would require the approval of your programme director. Please read the change of mode of study guidance carefully and note that permission to make either of these changes would only be granted in exceptional circumstances and would depend on the time of year and the teaching and assessments that you have already undertaken.