MSc in Statistics

The MSc in Statistics provides students with intensive training in statistics applicable to the social sciences, econometrics and finance. The aim of the course 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.

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.

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.

MSc in Statistics

i. One compulsory course:

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

Please note: Any other courses may be taken, except for: ST433, ST436, ST437, ST438, ST439, ST440, any courses indexed FM, MA415, MA416 and MA420. However, 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.

H = Half Unit; F = Full Unit.

MSc in Statistics (Research)

Applicants have the option to register for the MSc in Statistics (Research) branch of the programme in the first few weeks of the Michaelmas (Autumn) term. The 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:

Programme Regulations

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Further Information

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