Dear London School of Economics,
I would like to know the statistics for the reserve list for the MSc in Financial Mathematics for the years 17/18, 18/19 and 19/20 (and if possible also for 15/16 and 16/17)
In particular, I would like to know the number of people who were put on the reserve list and were made an offer on that year and the number of people who were not admitted but reinstated their applications and were made an offer in the following year.
Moreover, I would like to know (in general, between all MSc programs) how likely it is for people that reinstate their application (after being put on the reserve list) to get admitted in the following year.
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Further to your recent FoI request, the Schools response is provided (in
Total made offer
Year of first reserve in same made offer in
application list year subsequent year
2015/6 13 5
2016/7 9 1
2019/0 10 3
Please Note: Not many reserve listed candidates actually reinstate for the
following year (most of them will probably go on to study somewhere else,
some get offers for their second choices, others reinstate for different
programmes). As such, there are always very few offers made in subsequent
years because the numbers of students available are so small. The
influences on why reserve lists are converted to offers or not are
specific to an individual year/programme and as the numbers are small, so
there are no useful trends. The key point to highlight here is that a new
application will always be considered on its own merits alongside the new
cohort of applicants. The fact that someone was on the reserve list is a
good sign but not a guarantee.
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