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BSc Business Mathematics and Statistics


UCAS code: G0N0

Programme requirement: GCSE pass at grade A or A* in Mathematics

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A A including Mathematics. Further Mathematics is highly desirable

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level (with 7 in Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details, see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/asa

Applications 2015: 236

First year students 2015:

First year:

(* half unit)

Second year:

Third year:

  • At least one option in advanced topics in statistics or actuarial science
  • At least one option in advanced topics in mathematics or operational research
  • Not more than two options from advanced topics in management, economics, accountancy, finance, social psychology, law or demography 

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

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

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to 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 exceptional circumstances or events outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses or programmes of study and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. 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 lse.ac.uk/cal/ug/updates page.

Programme details

First year

You follow a common first-year programme with both BSc Actuarial Science and BSc Statistics with Finance. Elementary Statistical Theory is concerned with both theory and application and is appropriate whether or not your A level Mathematics course included statistics. It forms the basis for later statistics options. Mathematical Methods will continue your A level studies and includes calculus and linear algebra. You will take Economics A or Economics B depending on your economics background. Economics B is only for students with A level Economics or equivalent. You have the choice of either Elements of Accounting and Finance or Introduction to Abstract Mathematics. Elements of Accounting and Finance will give you an introduction to the preparation, uses and limitations of accounting information and the problems of finance and investment. Introduction to Abstract Mathematics is for students who want to deepen their mathematical skills and is useful for certain mathematics courses in the second and third years.

Second year  

You take a course in Further Mathematical Methods, building on the Mathematical Methods course. You take two half-unit courses in applied statistics: Sample Surveys and Experiments, and Applied Regression, which allow you to develop concepts in the areas of sample surveys and experiments, as well as regression and analysis of variance. 

You will also take another course in statistics, mathematics, or operational research. 

Your fourth course is chosen from a list including: Microeconomic or Macroeconomic Principles, which are intermediate courses in micro/macroeconomic analysis; Principles of Finance, examining the theory of financial decision-making by firms and the behaviour of the capital markets in which these decisions are taken; a demography course; or you may choose to take one language course. 

Third year

Your choice in the third year is very wide. You should take at least one option in advanced statistics or actuarial science and at least one option in mathematics or operational research. You can then take no more than two options from a choice of advanced topics in economics, accounting, finance, social psychology, law and demography.