Introduction to Studying for GMiM

This information is for the 2023/24 session.


This course is compulsory on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course is divided into the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to maths for economics
  • Impact and Influence for Young Professionals
  • Careers
  • Alumni
  • Introduction to quantitative analysis: Installing and navigating R
  • Understanding company accounts

Introduction to maths for economics

This is for all students and the key learning objectives cover:

  1. How to compute and draw the slope and the intercepts of a linear function.
  2. How to graph a function: linear, quadratic, min, max,
  3. Solving a linear equation of degree one and solving a linear system of two equations and two unknowns.
  4. Partial derivatives of a polynomial in one variable. Differentiation of a polynomial and a Cobb-Douglas function of two variables with respect to each variable. Finding the maximum or the minimum of a one-variable function.
  5. Computing the expectation of a discrete random variable.

Impact and Influence for Young Professionals

For one day students attend an engaging and highly participative workshop covering a variety of topics including communication styles, personal behaviour insights, physical presence, vocal presence, overcoming stage fright, influencing others, structuring presentations, handling challenging questions, networking and making a positive first impression. Individual coaching and feedback is provided throughout the day, with a focus on increasing self-awareness and personal impact.


Various interactive sessions are delivered throughout the two weeks by our dedicated GMiM Careers Consultant. This includes: Kick Start You Job Application, Start Your Internship Search and Team Dynamics. 1-2-1 sessions are also available to book throughout the two weeks.


Alumni are invited to a panel(s) to share their experiences of GMiM and where they are now. A variety of alumni are invited to attend and network with students, with the aim that the panel is made up of diverse career pathways and GMiM second year tracks.

Introduction to quantitative analysis: Installing and navigating R

Optional workshops are available for students to take part in.

R is the statistical programming language that is used in MY451 (Introduction to Quantitative Analysis). MY451 is one of the core courses in the Autumn term. While no prior knowledge of R (or indeed statistics) is assumed for MY451, this workshop can help smooth your first few weeks. All students will be provided with instructions of how to download the R package onto their laptop and navigate within the programme.

Understanding company accounts

Two pre-recorded online lectures are available for students to watch during pre-sessional.

Writing Skills for postgraduates

Sessions titled ‘Navigating the GMiM’ take place throughout the two weeks, including discussion about writing skills. This is particularly helpful for students who have backgrounds outside the social sciences and humanities who are transitioning to postgraduate work. Topics covered include identifying and making an argument and the fundamentals of essay writing.


Sessions will be delivered duirng the two week pre-sessional activities prior to Autumn Term. Rounding out the schedule is a full programme of talks and activities designed to smooth your transition to postgraduate study at LSE.

Indicative reading

Introduction to maths for economics:

This book (4th edition) is good and it is open source (see website of one of the authors here). The chapters we cover:

  • Chapter 1 (functions).
  • Subchapter 8.1
  • Appendix A.6 (systems of equations).

These readings should cover points 1-3 of the key learning objectives above. We strongly recommend that students read this in advance of the pre sessional if they are new to this material.

Introduction to quantitative analysis: Installing and navigating R:

If you are new to statistics MY451 starts from first principles and there is no requirement to do any pre reading. However, you may wish to look at the MY451 course pack to give you a head start:

  • The course pack for MY451 is available to download at: You can also find it on the Moodle page of MY451 when it is open for enrolment.
  • Spiegelhalter, D., 2019. The art of statistics: Learning from data. Penguin UK. An accessible and engaging introduction to statistics.


No formal assessment. Students will sit a mock exam at the end of the introduction to maths for economics course based upon the material to aid learning.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2022/23: 57

Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable

Controlled access 2022/23: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

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Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills