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MSc Applicable Mathematics

The MSc in Applicable Mathematics is an innovative programme, drawing together traditional and modern mathematical techniques in a variety of social science 'contexts'.  It is designed both for mathematicians who wish to make themselves more marketable by adding some social science aspects to their knowledge and skills base, and for non-mathematicians with strong quantiative backgrounds who wish to add to and improve their understanding of the mathematics behind much of social science.

Reflecting the modern world's dependence on computation, students will learn the programming language Java and how to use it to apply their new-found knowledge to real-world problems.  The skills and knowledge gained open up a wide range of potential careers to successful graduates, including finance, business, software development and industry.  It will also provide a solid base for further studies at research level.

Additional benefits

  • Study in a world-class university in the historic centre of London
  • Small classes (usually less than 15) allows for interactive learning 
  • Emphasis on algorithms and the computational techniques required to apply your skills in the modern economy.
  • Opportunity to take courses in other departments at LSE such as Economics, Finance, Government, Operational Research and Statistics.  

This is a full-time 12 month programme.  Students will study modules to the value of four full units.  The core content of the degree is one course on algorithms, either Algorithms and Computation or Advanced Algorithms (depending on prior experience) together with the supervised dissertation.  All courses are half-unit except where stated.

Core compulsory courses:

Choose one from:

Options:

Mathematics - choose three from: 

Social Sciences - choose to the value of one full unit from:   

Any other course with the approval of the MSc Programme Director and the teacher responsible for the course.
NB.  Not all courses may be available every year

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess at least an upper second-class honours degree in a mathematically-based subject from a UK university of equivalent standard elsewhere.  Candidates with degrees in scientific or engineering subjects will be considered, provided that they have a reasonable background in mathematical methods and some understanding of the logical structure of a mathematical proof.

Full details regarding entry requirements can be found on the Graduate Admissions| web pages. 

For detailed information about the equivalence of non-UK qualifications, please see information for international students|.

Other requirements:

An IELTS or TOEFL is required if English is not your first language, or you do not have proof of your previous degree being taught in English.  Please note: the MSc Applicable Mathematics requires applicants to achieve the 'higher' English language requirement.|

Applicants are not required to submit GRE/GMAT scores when applying for this degree programme. 

How to Apply

Application procedure: Applications are made centrally to LSE's Graduate Admissions Office.  You may apply online or by post.

Personal Statement & Supporting Information:  The personal statement should be 2-3 pages (A4) in length and we recommend it includes the following information:

■   highlight elements of your background as it relates to the MSc in Applicable Mathematics programme
■   provide reasons/motivation to study Applicable Mathematics at the LSE
■   provide an explanation for any grades you believe do not accurately reflect your ability
■   provide information about future plans and how the programme fits in with these plans

Transcripts:  Please include transcripts of subjects taken in the relevant degrees and copies of all certificates and relevant qualifications mentioned in your application.

References:  Two academic references are required with the application.

Deadline:  There is no official application deadline for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible because competition for places is fierce.    We are only allowed to make a certain number of offers, and late applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

Student intake/applications in 2012: 35/292

Application code:  G1U2

Apply

To make an application and for further information on the application procedure see Graduate|.

Fees Level:

■UK/EU £11,568;

■Overseas £17,880 

Financial support

The Financial Support Office| website provides information about LSE's Graduate Support Scheme, along with all other sources of scholarships and funding.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Below are a selection of frequently asked questions relating to the MSc Applicable Mathematics programme run by the Department of Mathematics.

What are the entry requirements/required academic background?|
Do need to submit a GRE/GMAT score? |
What if English is not my first language?|
■I am an overseas student, but I have studied previously in the UK -do I still need to submit an IELTS/TOEFL score? |
When should I apply? |
Do you interview students? |
How can I check the status of my application?|
How is the academic year structured? |
How are the courses structured?|
Where can I get more detailed information on each course?|
How and when do I choose my options? |
Are there are other MSc Mathematics courses? |
Is it possible to do the MSc Applicable Mathematics part-time?|
How much does the course cost? |
What funding is available? |
Is there any reading I can do in advance of arrival?|
What do people go on to do after their degree?


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What are the entry requirements/required academic background for the degree in Applicable Mathematics?
Applicants should normally possess at least an upper second-class honours degree in a mathematically-based subject from a UK university or an equivalent standard elsewhere.  Candidates with degrees in scientific or engineering subjects will be considered, provided that they have a reasonable background in mathematical methods and some understanding of the logical structure of a mathematical ‘proof’. Prior knowledge of computational mathematics and social science applications is not required.

Further information on the LSE's minimum entry requirements for Master's degrees can be viewed by clicking here|.

If you have more specific queries regarding the application criteria then please email:  Maths.Msc-Am@lse.ac.uk| 

Do I need to submit a GRE/GMAT score?
No, this is not required for the MSc Applicable Mathematics. However, you might need to check whether your second choice degree, if you have selected one, requires GRE/GMAT.

What if English is not my first language?
If your first language is not English or if the language of instruction of your first or second degree was/is not English, we ask you to provide evidence of your command of English. Please check here| for further information. 

 I am an overseas Student, but have studied previously in the UK – do I still need to submit IELTS scores?
If you have successfully completed a degree taught in English then you are not required to submit an IELTS or TOEFL score.

When should I apply?
Applications open in October each year for admission the following September. You can request a prospectus| from Graduate Admissions.

Full details about 'how to apply'| and the application process are available on the LSE Graduate prospectus page. Make sure that you send your application and any related material to Graduate Admissions - sending your application directly to the Mathematics Department will only delay it.

There are no official application deadlines for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible because competition for places is fierce.

We are only allowed to make a certain number of offers, and late applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

Do you interview students?
We do not interview for places on the degree. However, the LSE does arrange Graduate Open Evenings| each year, which give you an opportunity to visit the School and meet some staff and students from the Mathematics Department. This usually takes place in November each year, at the beginning of the application cycle

We can also discuss the course, by email or in person, with individual applicants who cannot attend the Open Evenings.

How can I check the status of my application?
All applicants will be given access to the Graduate Application Tracker. Please see the online Track Your Application tool| for further details.

How is the academic year structured?
The year is divided into three ten-week terms: Michaelmas (October to December), Lent (January to March) and Summer (April to July). A full unit course will run over Michaelmas AND Lent terms. A half-unit course will typically (but not always) run for just one of the two main teaching terms. In the Summer Term there are usually revision classes in the first week, dissertation workshops in the second week and examinations usually take place in June. The dissertation must be handed in at the beginning of September. Please click here| to find School term dates.  
You are advised to remain in London while writing your dissertation, but this is not mandatory. It is your responsibility to ensure that the dissertation reaches us by the due date.

How are the courses structured?
Courses run by the Mathematics Department will usually consist of two hour-long lectures and one hour-long class per week during the two main teaching terms. Lectures and classes are spread over the week.

Timetabling of courses run by other departments is not under our control, and it is possible that some teaching clashes may occur.

Students on the MSc in Applicable Mathematics are required to take courses to the value of 4 full units.

One unit is the Dissertation, which is compulsory and must be taken within the Mathematics Department. In addition, all students are required to take 4 half-units in Mathematics, of which one must be the core course Algorithms and Computation, and another must be from the three courses listed in the programme regulations.

This leaves you with the chance to take one full unit of options outside Mathematics. Here you may choose to take two half-unit courses or one full unit course. You may of course choose to take two further units from within the Mathematics Department. Please see the Programme Regulations| for more details.

Where can I get more detailed information on each course?
Further information on each module is available here|.

How and when do I choose my options?
Students have until the end of the third week of the first term (Michaelmas Term) to finalise their options. Courses are selected online using the LSEforYou system. All new students receive a user name and password when they register, giving them access to their student profile online in order to choose courses. Instructions are provided online but the process will also be explained at induction. Each student's Tutor and the Programme Director will then access these initial course choices to approve them (or not, if they are not felt to be suitable to the requirements of the degree). When a student would like to take a course option outside the Mathematics Department they need to ask the permission of the lecturer on that course as certain restrictions may apply. Students also need the approval of the Programme Director if these outside options are not explicitly stated in our programme regulations. Further information is available at Graduate Course Choice|.

Are there any other MSc Mathematics courses?
The Mathematics Department also offers the MSc in Financial Mathematics.

Is it possible to do the MSc Applicable Mathematics part-time?
The course is currently only available to full-time students. 

How much does the course cost?
The fee for a September 2014 start is: £11,568 for UK/EU students, and £17,880 for overseas students.  For up-to-date information on fees and further details, see the Graduate Prospectus and the School's Fees| pages.

What funding is available?
A small number of Graduate Merit Awards are available from the Mathematics Department. Further information is available from the Financial Support Office|.

All applications that qualify are automatically considered as they come in - you do not have to apply specifically.

Full details of the funding available from the LSE and from external bodies can be found on the Financial Support Office website.

Is there any reading I can do in advance?
The department sends out course packs to all successful applicants in late July/ early August each year. This will include information on course content, timetabling and recommended preparatory reading, along with some suggested exercises to help you prepare for the JAVA programming element of the core course, MA407 Algorithms and Computation.

Keen students might want to look at an online introduction to Java, such as the online Sun Java tutorial (http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/| )  which is a good starting point, or one of the many books available, for instance:

Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition)

(Sams Teach Yourself) by Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay Publisher: Sams; 4th edition (May 13, 2004)

ISBN: 0672326280

OR Schaum's Outline of Programming with Java, (2nd Edition), by John Hubbard Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2004, ISBN: 0071420401

What do people do after their degree?
A number of graduates have gone on to good jobs in a variety of areas, but the banking and finance sector is particularly well represented.  We also believe our MSc programmes are good preparation for a PhD in our Department, or indeed for a PhD in many other Mathematics or Economics Departments.

For general information, please email: Maths.Msc-Am@lse.ac.uk|

For information about your application, please contact LSE's Graduate Admissions Office|, or see the LSE Graduate Prospectus

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