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Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Research: 14 

Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 21

REF: 84 per cent of research submitted jointly with the LSE Department of Statistics was rated either world-leading, or internationally excellent
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About the Department

The LSE Mathematics Department is internationally recognised for its teaching and research. Located within a world-class social science institution, the Department aims to be a leading centre for mathematics in the social sciences.

The Department is well known for its research excellence in discrete mathematics and algorithms, game theory, and financial mathematics. Research by LSE’s Department of Mathematics has been rated highly by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessors: 84 per cent of research submitted jointly with the LSE Department of Statistics was rated either world-leading, or internationally excellent.

We run weekly research seminars covering the Department's research interests, which are attended by many people from both inside and outside LSE. We also host informal lunchtime seminars and reading groups, on a weekly basis. The Department regularly attracts eminent visiting academics.

The Department has close ties with other departments at LSE, such as Statistics, Finance, Economics and Management, and we are an integral part of the mathematical community of the University of London.

The Department provides a friendly and supportive environment. Students are part of a community of scholars, and are well-placed to pursue a career building on their academic accomplishments and the skills acquired during their time in the Department. Please visit for further information about the department and for information about our research.

Opportunities for research

Supervision for MPhil and PhD research is available in: combinatorics, combinatorial optimisation, computational learning theory, control theory, financial mathematics, game theory, graph theory, theory of computation and algorithms, and in the applications of mathematics in areas such as telecommunications and economics.

Our minimum entry requirement is a merit or higher in an MSc in a relevant area of mathematics or related discipline  Admission to the PhD programme is highly selective.

Students have access to the School's library and to the libraries of other colleges of the University of London, and also benefit from the School's and the Department's comprehensive computing and information facilities. Mathematics PhD students attend appropriate taught courses provided by either the London Taught Course Centre for PhD students in the mathematical sciences, or the London Graduate School in Financial Mathematics, depending on the focus of their research.

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Taught programmes



MPhil/PhD Mathematics
Visiting Research Students

Application code: G1ZM (MPhil/PhD), G1EM (VRS) (check availability)

Start date: Intake at the start of Michaelmas, Lent and Summer terms

Duration: MPhil/PhD 3/4 years (minimum 2), VRS up to 9 months (renewable) full-time only

Entry requirement: Merit in a taught master's degree in a relevant area

English requirement: Research

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: See Tuition fees

Financial support: LSE scholarships and studentships (see Financial support). Students may also apply directly to the Mathematics Department for potential other sources of funding

Application deadline: 27 April 2016, but please note that the selection process for LSE PhD Studentships will take place in two rounds and students are advised to aim for the first deadline, if possible. The funding deadlines are 11 January and 27 April 2016. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents