Statement of academic purpose

Most programmes expect you to submit a statement of academic purpose, however a few programme require a specific format. These are all detailed below.


Statement of academic purpose – all programmes, excluding those listed below

For each programme you apply for, you must upload a statement that describes your academic interest in, understanding of, and suitability for that programme, as well as your purpose and objectives in undertaking this graduate study. The statement of academic purpose is an important part of your application, and selectors are looking for evidence of your academic motivation and suitability, and of what you can contribute to the programme.

If you are applying for two programmes, you will need to submit two separate statements, both clearly and fully addressing why you are applying for each programme. Make sure that it is clear which programme each statement refers to in a header or footer on each page. 

Your statement(s) should be typed and no longer than two sides of A4 paper. There is no fixed word limit, but we expect statement(s) to be no longer than 1,000 - 1,500 words.

In your statement(s), you may wish to discuss the following:

  • Motivation for undertaking the programme(s)
  • Academic interests, strengths and background relevant to the programme(s)
  • Areas of specific interest within the programme(s)
  • Academic ambitions and/or research interests related to the programme(s)
  • Any professional aspirations, and how academic work within the programme(s) might help you realise such aspirations
  • Other relevant information, such as additional reading or research, work or other relevant experience that has informed your decision to apply for the particular programme(s)

Please note: some programmes have other specific requirements for statements – these are outlined in the sections below.

Please ensure that your statement(s):

  • Are all your own work. If we discover this is not the case, your application may be cancelled
  • Are well-written, well-structured and specific to the programme(s) applied for
  • Are proofread before being uploaded, and the final correct versions are uploaded
  • Only include that which is relevant to your programme choice(s). Additional information regarding unrelated extra-curricular activities, personal achievements or work experience should be included in your CV
  • Have your name and the name of your chosen programme in the header or footer of every page

MSc Media and Communications (Data and Society)

If you are applying for this programme, please note the following specific requirements for your statement of academic purpose.

Write a short statement (up to 600 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what suits you to the programme: your experiences and skills in relation to the analysis of data and society; what attracts you to this particular programme and where you see yourself in ten years after the programme.

In addition, please write a response (up to 400 words*) to one of the following questions. You might do so by relying on relevant authors and concepts from previous courses or independent study, as well as on professional experiences.

  • What is most pressing social, political or ethical issue related to data and society? Why should we study it?
  • How useful is the concept of "big data"? What are its limitations?
  • How does the increase of size and variety of data change how we study society?
  • If you could invent a data-based product or service that would change the world, what would it look like? What would be its best feature and what would be its biggest risk?

*The total length of your statement of academic purpose, including the answers to the above questions, should therefore be between 800-1,000 words.

 

MSc Media, Communication and Development

If you are applying for this programme, please note the following specific requirements for your statement of academic purpose.

Write a short statement (up to 800 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what suits you to the programme: your experiences and skills in relation to social justice, development or communication; what attracts you to this particular programme and where you see yourself in ten years after the programme.

Also answer the following questions (your answers should be approximately 250 words each)*: 

  • Explain what media, communication and development means to you.
  • How will studying theory help you to understand development and communication practice?
  • Why do you think we need to be critical of aspects of contemporary communication and development?

 *The total length of your statement of academic purpose, including the answers to the above questions, should therefore be between 1,000-1,500 words.

Global Master's in Management

Write a short statement (up to 600 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what you will bring to the cohort, and what are your particular strengths.

Also, you should answer the following questions (your answers should be approximately 300 words each):

  • Explain, in your own words, the main things that managers do.
  • How will studying management theory help you to understand management practice?
  • What do you hope to gain by studying management at the LSE?

The total length of your personal statement – including the answers to the above questions - should therefore be between 1,000 & 1,500 words.

MSc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Write a short statement (up to 600 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what you will bring to the cohort, and what your particular strengths are.

Also, you should answer the following questions (your answers should be approximately 500 words each):

  • Tell us about an experience you had with social innovation /entrepreneurship/ a project with high social impact. What role did you play and what did you learn about yourself?  
  • How will your past experience, combined with this LSE masters, help you to achieve your goals?

The total length of your statement – including the answers to the above questions - should therefore be between 1,100 & 1,600 words.

Department of Statistics - MSc Programmes

MSc in Data Science - G3U1

MSc in Statistics (Social Statistics) - G3U2

MSc in Statistics (Social Statistics) (Research) - G3U3

MSc in Statistics (Research) - G4U1

MSc in Quantitative Methods for Risk Management - G4U2

MSc in Statistics - G4U5

MSc in Statistics (Financial Statistics) - G4U6

MSc in Statistics (Financial Statistics) (Research) - G4U7

Your statement should 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. If your background is outside of mathematics or statistics then you should provide further explanation of how your experience is relevant to the programme applied for; as well as further details of your current studies. 


Your statement should be concise and should not exceed 500 words.