Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent with substantial amount of statistics and mathematics.

English standard level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MSc programme

The Financial Statistics stream of the MSc Statistics programme is mainly intended for students wishing to pursue careers in the finance industry or as a stepping stone towards PhD study in statistics for finance.

During the programme, you will take three compulsory courses which will consolidate your understanding of fundamental ideas in probability and statistics and their application in finance. In addition, you will take courses to the value of two units from a range of options, including statistics and methodology courses as well as selected options from the Department of Finance.

It provides high-level training in statistics with applications in finance and econometrics. You will learn to analyse and critically interpret data, build statistical models of real situations, and use statistical software packages.

Graduates of the programme are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society if a specific combination of modules is taken.

Research Stream

The research stream is similar to the nine-month programme but involves a compulsory dissertation which replaces one unit's worth of optional courses and extends the length of the programme to 12 months.

Graduates of the programme are also awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society.

Department of Statistics

Both programmes are offered by the Department of Statistics, which has an international reputation for development of statistical methodology that has grown from its long history of active contributions to research and teaching in statistics for 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 graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards and Anniversary Scholarships.

This programme is available as part of an ESRC-funded pathway onto a PhD programme. The 1+3 scheme provides funding for a one year research training master's linked to a PhD programme and is designed for students who have not already completed an ESRC recognised programme of research training.

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Non-research stream is 9 months full time. Research stream is 12 months full time.

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613