About the MSc programme
This programme provides high-level training in statistics. Students learn to analyse and critically interpret data, build statistical models of real situations, and use statistical software packages.
You should have or expect to gain an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, which includes a substantial amount of statistics and mathematics. Well qualified applicants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on merit.
Applications need to be submitted as early as possible and must include a personal statement outlining your reasons for wanting to study statistics. This should be no longer than 500 words and you are advised to be concise and clear in your statement.
Please note that the Department of Statistics requires references to be submitted with your application form from at least one person who is familiar with your academic achievements. Normally, this will be a tutor from your previous institution.
Each MSc student has an academic adviser who is available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns. The compulsory courses consolidate students' understanding of fundamental ideas in probability and statistics and introduce advanced topics. Students also choose from a range of options.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of three (two for research option) units from a range of options.
MSc Statistics (Research)
Students have the option to register for the MSc Statistics (Research) branch of the programme towards the end of the Michaelmas term. This branch is similar to the MSc Statistics nine-month programme but involves a compulsory Dissertation which replaces one unit's worth of optional courses and makes the research track a 12 month programme.
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Statistics in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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Students on this programme have excellent career prospects. Former students have taken up positions in consulting firms, banks and in the public sector. Many go on to take higher degrees. Graduates of the MSc are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society.