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Frequently Asked Questions

All Undergraduate applications and queries

All Undergraduate applications are dealt with by Undergraduate Admissions and not by individual academic departments. Applications must be made via UCAS as the School does not accept applications directly. For full details of how to apply for undergraduate courses please refer to the following section on the LSE website for Undergraduate| study.

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 very strong.

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 and MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) programmes is 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 this requirement will be considered on merit.

Entry requirements to the MSc in Risk and Stochastics are a good BSc degree (at least upper second class honours) in actuarial science, statistics, mathematical economics or mathematics. It 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|  

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.

Both the British Council's International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are accepted qualifications. 

Applicants should already have or expect to gain a minimum score of 6.5 overall in the IELTS test ((at least 6.0 in speaking and writing and 6.5 in reading and listening) or internet-based TOEFL with 100 (at least 22 in listening and reading, 21 in writing and 20 in speaking)

English tests must be less than two years old at the time of application. 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.

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. 

Please note: If your application is held because 'no references have been received' this will be a temporary situation and will last for a maximum of 7 days. We apologise for this delay, but checks on applications only take place once a week in Graduate Admissions.

We also require references for our MPhil/PhD programme as detailed in the Graduate Prospectus|.

Can I do the course part-time?

All 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; with Summer Project: full-time 12 months; part-time 24 months
  • MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) : full-time 9 months; part-time 21 months; with Summer Project: full-time 12 months; part-time 24 months
  • MSc in Risk & Stochastics: full-time 10 months; part-time 20 months
  • MPhil/PhD in Statistics: full-time 4 years; part-time 8 years

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.

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 clearly 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. Applicants coming from a background other than mathematics or statistics should give further explanation of how their background is relevant to the programme applied for and further details of their current studies is necessary. Personal statements for the Taught Masters programmes should be concise and should not exceed the following word limits:

  • For MSc Statistics and MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics): Up to 500 words in total
  • For MSc Risk and Stochastics: Up to 150 words in total

However, please note if you are applying for the following combinations of programmes as your first and second choices:

  • MSc Statistics/MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) and Risk & Stochastics:
    You must submit a separate personal statement for each programme, adhering to the appropriate word limit as set out above.
  • MSc Statistics/MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) or Risk & Stochastics and another related programme which allows a longer word limit:
    You must submit a separate personal statement for each programme, ensuring that you adhere to the appropriate word limit for each.

For students applying to the MPhil/PhD in Statistics programme a Research Proposal should be included with your application. For further guidance please see Research Proposal|

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 at:  

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: Follow these instructions|
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160 (select option 3 to speak to the team)

How do I........?

Easy methods of 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. Plus much more.

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 send all information directly to Graduate Admissions:

Graduate Admissions,
The London School of Economics,
Houghton Street,

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 at www.lse.ac.uk/accommodation/|. 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?

Our postgraduate student handbooks contain answers to most questions concerning the MSc  and MPhil/ PhD programmes. Please do refer to these as they contain information on all aspects of our courses including induction, registration, course descriptions and regulations, plus details about LSE in general, facilities, and living in London. Please note that the Handbooks are in the process of being updated for the next academic session and will be available online in due course.

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.