I started attending the MSc in Applicable Mathematics programme while being in the last stage of my doctoral studies in Banking and Finance which I pursued at the University of St. Gallen and Harvard University. I applied for the MSc in Applicable Mathematics programme at the LSE with the intention to deepen my quantitative knowledge in order to better understand the mathematics underlying various economics-related areas. However, this MSc offers a lot more than that: a number of Finance-related subjects with in-depth quantitative analysis, Game-Theory oriented subjects, programming-oriented courses with a broad spectrum of applications, and some very interesting, didactically excellently presented mathematical applications in Information, Communication and Cryptography or in Social Choice Theory. With these inputs, this programme challenges its students to think at levels they never thought possible and opens up a variety of possibilities for their future careers. Personally, I believe that this programme has provided me with a number of skills and insights I will be able to use in practice as well as in research.
Besides, the programme offers the opportunity to make friendships for life, both with fellow students with distinguished backgrounds and members of the faculty in a very collegial and supportive environment. Furthermore, the international surrounding of the LSE enables its students to enrich the learning process for one another and to grow together beyond the degree-related aspects.
For all this, I believe that all the MSc students are forever changed by their invaluable experience on the MSc in Applicable Mathematics.