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Department of Mathematics
Columbia House
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, UK


Email: maths.info@lse.ac.uk
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The LSE Department of Mathematics 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.

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The research strengths of the Department are in Discrete Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Operations Research, Game Theory and applications of Mathematics to the Social Sciences. You can find out more about our research by clicking here.

"The London School of Economics has the highest proportion of "world-leading" research among UK universities..."

The results for REF 2014 have now been published. Click here to find out how the Department and the School overall performed.

Recent research publications

Recent Publications

A list of recent research publications of the staff (and PhD students) of the Department can be found on our Publications page.


Research Seminars

The Department hosts regular well-attended research seminars during term-time covering topics in all our main research areas.


New degree programmes for 2017 entry!

We are very pleased to announce our new undergraduate degree programme: BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics.  The programme is now open for 2017 entry and will provide graduates with a very strong mathematical and statistical background, combined with knowledge of economics and finance, and training in coding and computation in addition to the other, broader, elements of an LSE education. 

In addition, the new MSc Operations Reserach & Analytics course, providing students with the skills needed to apply mathematical methods to real-world analytics problems faced by companies, governments, and other institutions, is also open for 2017 entry.

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Current Students

You can find information about our course modules, including links to the course materials hosted on Moodle, and lecturers' and class teachers' office hours by clicking here.


Information for Offer Holders and New Students

Find out everything you need to know about accepting your offer to study at LSE for our Department, from money matter to visas, accommodation to reading lists.


Public Lecture: The response of Cambridge mathematicians to the First World War

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Speaker: Professor June Barrow-Green

Professor June Barrow-Green is Professor of History of Mathematics at the Open University.  She is also Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the London School of Economics.

In this lecture, Professor Barrow-Green will consider how Cambridge mathematicians responded to the First World War in a variety of ways.  There were those who volunteered their mathematical skills for work at establishments such as the Royal Aircraft Factory, the National Physical Laboratory, or the Anti-Aircraft Experimental Section of the Ministry of Munitions, those who followed a military path, and those who, for reasons of conscience, refused to take an active part in the War. Professor Barrow-Green will discuss the war-time activities of Cambridge mathematicians and examine the impact of the War on their careers as well as on mathematics itself.


December 2016: @LSE Maths Public Lectures at The Alan Turing Institute

The Discrete Mathematics team hosted a workshop on open problems to contribute to a better understanding of the general area of large-scale structures in random graphs.  The majority of the workshop was by invitation only but two Public Lectures were open to all:

  • Robert Morris (IMPA) - The sharp threshold for making squares
  • Stefanie Gerke (RHUL) - Matchings in random bipartite graphs
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October 2016: Mathematics Careers Evening

Our annual Mathematics Careers Evening provided the perfect opportunity for students to discover just what they can do with their Mathematics degree.  The event gave students the opportunity to speak with recent graduates and learn more about what it’s like working in IB, banking, asset management, energy, consultancy and government.  Possibilities for further academic progress were also highlighted by our current PhD students.  The event was truly motivational and we all left feeling inspired.  We’re extremely proud of everything our alumni have achieved and we’re so happy that they are still able to find the time to stay in touch with the Department. Read more about the event here.


October 2016: Women in Mathematics Seminars - Launch

The Women in Mathematics seminar series is an academic, professional and personal development seminar series presented by leading female Mathematicians to offer support, encouragement and advice to female staff and students.

Launch Seminar
Date: Wednesday 26th October
Speaker: Professor June Barrow-Green  

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July 2016: LSE Summer Graduation

LSE graduation is always one of the best times of the year and 2016 has been no exception.  We had a wonderful time celebrating with our graduates and sharing their special day with their friends and families.  We're extremely proud of all our students and wish them well in their future careers. Please do stay in touch with us via the LSE Alumni community!

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May 2016: 2016 Colloquia in Combinatorics

2016 sees the tenth year of the Colloquia in Combinatorics and we were excited to celebrate this milestone by making this Colloquia our biggest and best yet. And that's just what we did on 11-12 May, hosting two consecutive one-day events at QMUL and LSE.  Read more about the event here.


New Blog Post: Report of the Large-Scale Structures in Random Graphs Workshop

Peter AllenJulia Böttcher and Jozef Skokan are in the discrete mathematics group of the Department of Mathematics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. They organised a workshop on “Large-scale structures in random graphs” in December 2016 which was hosted at Alan Turing Institute and generously jointly funded by the Heilbronn Institute and the Alan Turing Institute. Their write up of the event is produced on our research blog.

Miklós Schweitzer Memorial Competition in Mathematics

Between 24 October and 2 November 2016, one of our PhD students, Nóra Frankl, took part in the Miklós Schweitzer Memorial Competition in Mathematics. This is an annual Hungarian competition for university students up to 1st year of PhD. 10 questions are posed throughout 10 days and the competioton is open book.

We are pleased to learn that Nóra received 3rd Prize, shared with two other recipients.  All prize-winners are listed here.

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New Visiting Professor appointment: Dr Tim Roughgarden

We are delighted to announce that Dr Tim Roughgarden (Stanford) joins the Department of Mathematics as a Visiting Professor.  Tim is an Associate professor in the Computer Science and (by courtesy) the Management Science and Engineering Departments at Stanford University. He is a leading researcher in discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science and game theory.

Read more about Tim here.


Congratulations to Dr Ahmad Abu-Khazneh!

Well done, Dr Ahmad Abu-Khazneh, and welcome to the department of Mathematics' alumni family!  We're so happy for you to have been awarded your PhD in Mathematics.  Congratulations, also, to your supervisor, Prof. Bernhard von Stengel.

For details of Ahmad's thesis and to view the ever-growing list of PhD alumni of the department, please view our PhD "Roll of Honour".


New blog post: 5 minutes with Hal Kierstead

Hal Kierstead is a Professor at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in Arizona State University.  He visited our Department in September to work with Jan van den Heuvel  and Daniel Quiroz.  He also spoke at our Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation about the history and applications of generalised colouring numbers, a notion which arose from an idea of Chen and Schelp for using well-chosen vertex orderings to find good bounds on colourings of graphs.  Whilst he was with us, Jan took the opportunity to discover more about Hal’s reserach, career route and interests. Read the full interview here.


LSE BSc Mathematics & Economics graduate Ashish Patel wins the Team London volunteering award

On 31 October Ashish Patel, BSc in Mathematics and Economics 2016, won the the Under 25’s category for Mentoring and Coaching in the Team London volunteering awards at City Hall for his work with IntoUniversity.  Read all about it here.


Prizewinners aplenty!

Summer Term is a time for celebration and we're very pleased to announce the following winners in 2016:

  • LSESU Teaching Excellence Award Winner in Innovative Teaching: Dr Eleni Katirtzoglou (Mathematics).  Students from all over the LSE nominate their teachers for the LSESU Awards, and Eleni is to be congratulated on this significant achievement.
  • LSE Teaching Promotion Award: Dr Julia Böttcher, on promotion to Associate Professor, was also awarded a Major Review teaching prize for her outstanding teaching. Congratulations to Julia
  • LSE Class Teacher Awards: Barnaby Roberts, Michael Yiasemides, Elisabeth Grieger, Phil Johnson, Tom Lidbetter. Well done to them all.
  • Departmental Prizes for New Class Teachers (those in their first two years of teaching for us): Aaron Lin, Amal Merhi and Michael Yiasemides.Thank you to you all. Full details can be read here.
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