The Department has an international reputation for the development of statistical methodology which has grown from its long history of active contributions to research and teaching in statistics for the social sciences. Many LSE staff have made significant contributions to the development of statistics including A L Bowley, Professors Sir Roy Allen, Sir Maurice Kendall, J Durbin, Sir Claus Moser, D J Bartholomew, A C Harvey, P Hall and A C Atkinson.
We offer expert teaching and supervision in statistical theory, time series, stochastic modeling, financial mathematics, actuarial statistics, industrial statistics, latent variable modeling and sample survey theory and methods. The LSE Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS) is based in the Department, as is the newly launched Decision Support and Risk Group (DSRG).
Graduate study of statistics is often vocational, though no progress can be made without a lively intellectual interest in both the methodological principles of statistical modelling and practical applications. The Department provides a thriving, hard working, friendly environment in which these interests can be pursued.
Employment opportunities for our graduates are excellent. Former students find careers in the private sector, finance, survey statistics and research, and are also to be found teaching in universities and colleges throughout the world. Many graduates are also employed by their national governments.
If you are accepted to undertake research in the department you will have a supervisor who will monitor your work closely and provide detailed guidance on your choice of research topic. We expect research students to present their work in seminars. Each year you will have a formal assessment of your progress made by a group of at least two teachers. You may be advised to take courses from the MSc Statistics and take exams in these at the end of your first year of registration.