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Student Profiles: MSc Applicable Mathematics


Xinyu Phoebe Liu

About me:
Born and raised in Shanghai, I appreciate all the conveniences from living in a city. London is an ideal place to do my master’s in math, which has been a passion for me. Before coming to LSE, I got my BA in Math and BSc in Finance and Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania in America. I have always been interested in history and culture, so sometimes after my math classes I chill at the British Museum.

Phoebe joined our Masters' in Applicable Mathematics in September 2016 and you can read about her early experiences at LSE here.  Phoebe is one of LSE's Graduate Student Bloggers; follow her journey and others' here.


Preeyesh Bhadresha

I had already studied at LSE for three years – I was on the BSc Mathematics and Economics degree. In my opinion, the facilities, quality of teaching and overall atmosphere were excellent. Therefore I knew that LSE was the best place for my postgraduate study.

I love the compactness of LSE – you are bound to bump into someone you know wherever you are in the campus. There is always that sense of togetherness which, with the great facilities, makes studying far more enjoyable. On top of this everyone is very approachable, meaning it is easy to resolves issues whether they be work-related or personal.

I like the variety of topics I came across within the degree. For example, discrete maths, algorithms, game theory, probability and cryptography all made the degree very interesting for me. I also like the fact that I am coming away with skills that I can apply in real life situations. For example, I now have some basic knowledge of Java which will help me when I come across programming languages in my career. The dissertation also allowed me to develop various project-related skills which I will undoubtedly need in the future.

Being a student representative on the Student Staff Liaison Committee for the Department helped me to develop my interpersonal skills as I was relaying information to both students and staff about various issues. It also helped me to become more confident and I feel I am more approachable as a person. In addition, I took part in the Student Tutor Scheme which involves becoming a teaching assistant at a secondary school. I fully recommend it to anyone. It was one of the best experiences in my life – so much so that I now want to become a teacher at some point in the distant future.

My plan once I graduate is to work in the area of finance, however I am currently not sure which specific division I would be best suited to. I hope to build my knowledge of the industry via experience and then make the crucial decisions that will determine my career path in finance.


David Covolo

What I liked the most at LSE was the variety of courses offered by the department and the perfect integration among them.

As I was particularly interested on the applied side of Mathematics, I found here a vast option of courses where it was possible to meet my requirements and tastes, without losing the focus on the important theoretical aspects. In particular, the course on "Algorithm and Computation" turned out to be very important for the role I am currently covering within Deutsche Bank, where I hold a position in the most quantitative department of the Bank. The possibility of taking a course outside the Mathematics department was crucial to me. In fact, thanks to the course on "Principles of Finance" I had the chance to discover a "world" quite new to me. Finally, the dissertation project was a great opportunity where to deepen my knowledge on the topic of "Option Pricing", which is full of sophisticated and interesting mathematical aspects.

I decided to apply to LSE because of the reputation of the School and to have the possibility to meet the best students coming from all over the world, sharing experiences with people having different backgrounds, habits and cultures. I met a lot of people from other departments and that helped me to expand further my knowledge and broaden my view on different topics and subjects.

What makes LSE peculiar is diversity. In fact, more than 80% of students come from outside the UK. I reckon that undertaking this experience in such a diverse environment has been very enriching, not only for my studies, but in general for my life.

LSE is certainly very challenging and it requires working hard in order to get good results, but at the same time it is an experience I would suggest to everyone who wants to deepen their knowledge on Applicable Mathematics and who is willing to see how the quantitative aspects of maths are applied to the real world, accompanied step by step by the excellent guidance of professors and personal tutors.

Currently I am working for the "Risk Analytics and Instruments" department of Deutsche Bank. I have the opportunity to apply every day the quantitative approaches and procedures I have learnt at LSE. This is exactly what I wanted to do, and LSE was the crucial point for getting this position in one the most important financial institutions of the world.


Ana de Corbavia

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.


Bice Di Gregorio

Coming from a BSc in Economics and Business Finance, I initially thought this MSc would be unsuitable for someone with my background. However, I quickly realized this program is truly dedicated to all students that have a passion for Mathematics and would like to improve their analytical and quantitative skills.

Thanks to the advice and support of the academic and departmental staff, I ended up having a great year at LSE. I chose courses that were appropriate to my knowledge of Mathematics such as game theory and continuous time optimization, which I also used for my dissertation. Moreover, thanks to the option of taking extra-departmental courses, I also attended two modules of advanced corporate finance, in line with my previous studies.

In the end, I think this MSc overcame my expectations. On top of improving my knowledge in mathematics, it also gave me skills that will surely open new opportunities in life, either within the academic or professional environment.

On graduation I found work in an investment bank in London in the corporate finance department.


Julian Merschen

I obtained my BSc in Mathematics and Economics from LSE and wanted to deepen my knowledge of applying mathematical concepts to economic problems. What I like most about this programme is the interdisciplinary approach – being able to combine subjects from several LSE departments, and also the ability to set a strong focus on specific subject, eg game theory.

The Mathematics Department has a strong sense of community, and I have benefited from both the support of academic faculty and discussions with fellow students. The most memorable event of my MSc was a meeting with Nobel Prize Laureate Robert Aumann, to which my MSc thesis advisor invited me when he visited the School in 2006.

After my MSc I plan to start the European Doctoral Programme in Quantitative Economics.


Gabe Rosenberg

Coming to London is somewhat confusing and disorienting for a born and bred New Yorker, yet when I joined the Department of Mathematics at the end of September, I was provided with a great deal of information at the departmental induction, by email, and through various other channels. I learned quickly what was expected of me and what was provided academically by the department. This helpfulness continued throughout the academic year, from planning examinations and dissertation writings to choosing lectures and attending seminars.

The faculty in the department did a fantastic job of easing the students into the programme while keeping the high level of academic integrity and discipline for which LSE is known. Lectures were given clearly, student participation was encouraged, and assignments were timely and appropriate. My experience with my supervisor, Dr. Bernhard von Stengel, was the embodiment of the supportive and student-friendly atmosphere I experienced in the department.

I availed myself of several of the seminars held by the department and found the faculty and students to be not only intellectually stimulating, but personally congenial. It was common to walk through the office and spend a great deal of time just speaking to other professors and students about academic work, life in London, sport, or almost anything else. Such an atmosphere is conducive not only to academic advancement, but an enjoyable personal experience.

I'm now a law student at Yale Law School and will soon be a joint degree candidate between that and a PhD at the Yale School of Management.


Raminder Ruprai

I was already at LSE on an undergraduate programme (BSc Mathematics and Economics) and wanted to stay on as the postgraduate programme was perfect for expanding my maths knowledge. This degree is fairly new but the Maths Department are great at making studying a lot easier and fun.

The course is an excellent challenge for me and the many different module options makes each person's degree unique. Everyone is trying to do well which makes for a competitive and stimulating atmosphere. The professors are experts in their field and always more than willing to share their knowledge. Perfect for a postgraduate programme. The Maths department at LSE has helped me learn the techniques for research and given me the opportunity to enhance/ practise my ability to give technical presentations.

After LSE, I am planning on doing a PhD in the Mathematics of Cryptography at Royal Holloway University of London and this MSc has put me on a good footing for that.