MSc in Statistics

Fiona_SteeleThe MSc in Statistics provides students with intensive training in statistics applicable to the social sciences, econometrics and finance. The aim of the programme is to foster an interest in applied statistics and equip students for work as professional statisticians.

The MSc also provides an opportunity to study specialist courses in related disciplines. There are excellent prospects for employment and further study for our graduates. Former MSc in Statistics students have taken up positions in consulting firms, banks,and in the public sector where there is a shortage of well-qualified statisticians. Many go on to take higher degrees.

The research branch of the Statistics programme is open to students wishing to take the dissertation option.

Professor Fiona Steele
MSc Statistics Programme Director

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement is an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, with a significant mathematical content. Well-qualified applicants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on merit.

Details of how to apply

For further practical details of how to submit an application, including the word limit on your personal statement, please see our MSc FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions

To submit your application please visit our Graduate Admissions website here.

Course Structure

Our taught postgraduate courses are based around lectures, with problem classes and computer workshops. Most courses are assessed by a two-hour exam in the summer term although some contain an element of course work.

The courses in the programme are divided into two categories: compulsory courses and optional courses. Students must take courses to the value of four full units.

Compulsory courses and options (MSc Statistics)

i. One compulsory course:

ii. Optional courses to the value of three full units from the following:

Please note: Other courses may be taken with permission, except for: ST433, ST436, ST437, ST438, ST439, ST440, MA415, MA416, MA420 and any courses indexed FM. The total value of non-ST courses (including any selected from the list of optional courses ii) cannot exceed one full unit and any unlisted courses are taken with the permission of the Programme Director and the course lecturer.

Note: *ST442 is not available in the 2017/18 academic session.

H = Half Unit; F = Full Unit.

Compulsory courses and options (MSc in Statistics: Research)

MSc in Statistics (Research)  branch is similar to the MSc in Statistics nine-month programme but involves a compulsory dissertation (ST499) which replaces one unit’s worth of optional courses.

i. Two compulsory courses (both full unit):

ii. Optional courses to the value of two full units, as listed above for the MSc in Statistics, plus the following:

ESRC 1+3 Studentships

The MSc Statistics (Research) and MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) (Research) programmes are eligible for ESRC '1+3' funding.  The MSc qualifies as the first year of doctoral training (the `1'), followed by the MPhil/PhD Statistics programme (the `3'). 

ESRC studentships are available to UK and EU students. They cover full fees (UK and EU level) and an annual stipend, which for 2016 was £16,296. Further details on eligibility can be found here.

Potential applicants should contact the Department at in the first instance to express their interest.  Applicants should then complete an online application for their chosen MSc (Research) programme, including an outline research proposal, and specifying that they wish to be considered for ESRC 1+3 funding. The deadline for complete applications (including transcripts and references) is 9 January 2017.

Further details can be found at:

Programme Regulations

MSc Statistics

MSc Statistics (Research)

MSc Prizes

Two prizes sponsored by Winton Capital are awarded to MSc students each year. 

Winton Prize for Academic Excellence in MSc Statistics/MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics)

Awarded to the MSc Statistics or MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) student with the highest overall marks in their exams.  One prize of £500 awarded.

Winton Prize for Best Dissertation in MSc Statistics/MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics)

Awarded to the MSc Statistics or MSc Statistics (Financial Statistics) student with the highest mark on their dissertation. One prize of £500 awarded.

This agreement is applicable until 2017.

Further Information

For advice on your application please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Graduate Admissions website.