Departmental website: lse.ac.uk/maths
Number of graduate students (full-time equivalent)
Number of faculty (full-time equivalent): 25
REF: 84 per cent of research submitted jointly with the LSE Department of Statistics was rated either world-leading, or internationally excellent
Location: Columbia House
About the Department
The Department of Mathematics 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 has more than doubled in size over the past few years, most notably with the addition of a strong new group working in financial mathematics and control theory. Other fields studied within the Department include: discrete mathematics and algorithms, mathematical game theory, and probability theory.
The Department's growth trajectory reflects the increasing impact that mathematical theory and mathematical techniques are having on subjects such as economics and finance, and on many other areas of the social sciences. We run weekly research seminars covering the Department's research interests, which are attended by many people from both inside and outside LSE. These include the Seminar on Discrete Mathematics and Game Theory, the Seminar on Operations Research and the Joint Risk and Stochastics and Financial Mathematics Seminar. 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.
Visiting Research Students
The Department of Mathematics is renowned for its research excellence within its areas of specialisation. 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. You will initially be registered for the MPhil, and will be able to upgrade to PhD registration during your second year, depending on satisfactory progress.
In your first year, you will 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 Mathematical Finance. An important element of the training is participation in the various seminars organised by the Department. In addition, there are Lunchtime Seminars, a Discrete Mathematics Reading Group, Joint Mathematics and Philosophy Reading Group on Game Theory and a Financial Mathematics Reading Group, all of which are organised largely by and for research students on mathematical subjects.