Entry requirements

A Merit in a taught master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

English Research level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MPhil/PhD programme

This programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of mathematics within our four broad disciplines – discrete mathematics and algorithms, financial mathematics and control theory, game theory, and operations research. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

You have a plethora of topics to choose from including combinatorics, combinatorial optimisation, computational learning theory, control theory, financial mathematics, game theory, graph theory, integer programming, mechanism design, polyhedral combinatorics, probabilistic analysis, theory of computation and algorithms, and in the applications of mathematics in areas such as inspections, network optimisation, telecommunications, transportation, and economics.

Over the course of the years, the Department organises a number of personal development workshops for PhD students, designed to provide tailored support for specific areas of interest, such as careers, impact, final year processes, etc. You will also have the opportunity to teach for the Department, subject to a successful interview and language requirements.

All research students in the Department are provided with some funding each year to encourage and support their research activities, such as conference attendance and purchasing books and technology. Additional research funds are also available, upon application.

Crucially, we have close ties with other departments at LSE, such as Statistics, Finance, Economics and Management, and we are an integral part of the mathematical community of the University of London.

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics, which is internationally recognised for its teaching and research. The Department was submitted jointly to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with LSE's Department of Statistics: 84% of the research outputs of the two departments were classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The Department of Mathematics at the LSE is renowned for its research excellence within its areas of specialisation, which includes subjects in Mathematics that are applicable to the Social Sciences.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613