Introduction to Statistics for Public Policy

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Daniel Sturm


This course is available on the Executive Master of Public Administration and Executive Master of Public Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The objective of this module is to introduce a number of fundamental concepts in statistics and mathematics to prepare students for the more advanced material that they will encounter during the EMPA and EMPP programmes. The module first introduces students to the key steps of statistical testing. In addition, the course introduces a small number of mathematical concepts that are widely used in empirical work in public policy.


12 hours of lectures in the MT.

If the module is taught in person at LSE, it will take up two days of teaching. Each day of teaching has six contact hours starting at 9:00 and ending at approximately 17:00 with lunch and coffee breaks.

In an online or hybrid teaching setting, parts of the material for the module will be pre-recorded and the two days of interactive teaching will feature group working sessions and discussion sections in a compressed timetable from approximately 12:00 to 15:00.

Indicative reading

A full reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.


There is no assessment.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: School of Public Policy

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills