Entry requirements

Taught master's degree in a relevant area, exceptionally an undergraduate degree in mathematics

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The LSE Mathematics Department 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 is well known for its research excellence in discrete mathematics and algorithms, game theory, financial mathematics, and probability. All staff in the Department were entered for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE): 45 per cent of the work submitted was deemed to be either internationally excellent or world leading, with almost all the remainder being internationally recognised.

We run weekly research seminars covering the Department's research interests, which are attended by many people from both inside and outside LSE. We also host informal lunchtime seminars and reading groups, on a weekly basis. The Department regularly attracts eminent visiting academics.

The Department's research is centred on discrete mathematics and its applications. Applications of particular interest include information and communication technologies, economics and finance. MPhil/PhD supervision is available in graph theory, combinatorics, combinatorial optimisation, computational learning theory and game theory.

Department specialisms

combinatorics, combinatorial optimisation, theory of computation and algorithms, computational learning theory, financial mathematics, game theory, graph theory, probability theory, search theory, applications of mathematics in areas such as telecommunications and economics

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613