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MSc Statistics MSc Statistics (Research)

About the MSc programmes

This programme provides intensive training in statistics applicable to the social sciences, econometrics and finance. The aim of the programme is to foster an interest in theoretical and applied statistics and equip you for work as a professional statistician. You will learn how to analyse and critically interpret data, build statistical models of real situations, and use programming tools and statistical software packages.

The compulsory course in Statistical Inference: Principles, Methods and Computation will provide you with comprehensive coverage of fundamental aspects of probability and statistics methods and principles. This course provides the foundations for the optional courses on more advanced statistical modelling, computational methods, statistical computing and advanced probability theory. Options also include specialist courses from the Departments of Methodology, Management, Mathematics, Economics and Social Policy. Students on the taught master’s programme will take optional courses to the value of three units, while those on the research track will substitute one unit with a dissertation, making the research track a 12 month programme.

Graduates of the programme are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society.

Your application


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

If you are applying for more than one choice in the Department of Statistics, it is recommended that you submit two separate personal statements. If the two programmes for which you are applying are very similar and you would prefer to combine the information in one statement then you may do so; however, please ensure that your statement clearly addresses your motivations for applying for each separate programme.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Statistics in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations

Students on this programme have excellent career prospects. Former students have taken up positions in consulting firms, banks and in the public sector. Many go on to take higher degrees. Graduates of the MSc are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society.




Application code: G4U5, G4U1 (research) (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 9 months full-time, 21 months part-time (taught) (see Bologna process); 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (research)

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, including a substantial amount of statistics and mathematics (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support), ESRC funding as part of a four year award for MSc Statistics (Research) (see ESRC

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadline for ESRC funding: 9 January 2017. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents

Note: Graduates are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society

Intake/applications in 2016:  23/255