MSc Statistics

The MSc programme in statistics offers students thorough, professional and high quality training in statistics, thus preparing them for work as statisticians in a range of areas including business, industry, education, medicine as well as government, scientific and academic research establishments.

Through the pathway structure, the emphasis is on providing a good general coverage of the subject together with additional, more specialist instruction in certain areas. The principal strength of the programme is that training is given in the practical side of the subject at the same time as providing a thorough appreciation of the theory underpinning the methodology.  The main general aims are to develop each student’s understanding of statistical theory and methodology, enable them to solve substantial and realistic statistical problems and to communicate effectively the findings and results.

Intended Learning Outcomes of the programme

On successful completion of the course students will:

  • have specialised knowledge and understanding of selected statistical topics at an advanced level which take into account recent advances in the subject
  • use acquired knowledge and skills to enable them to apply and adapt statistical methodology and modelling techniques to real-life problems in both observational and designed studies and communicate the results of them clearly
  • have an appreciation of the general principles of statistical inference and their implications in data analysis
  • have acquired and shown skills in completing an extended individual study of a statistical problem and of presenting the results in a dissertation
  • have developed attitudes and confidence which will allow them to acquire new statistical knowledge and expertise throughout their future careers in statistics.

This degree is also accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. Accreditation by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) provides reassurance that our MSc programme produces graduates with the technical skills and subject knowledge required of a statistician. This provides our graduates with a competitive edge in the job market and provides employers with an assurance of quality of our degree.

The programme will prepare students for a broad range of statistical careers, particularly in the financial, medical, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors of the economy, but also with local and national government agencies, as well as in other areas. They will also provide an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue advanced postgraduate research in statistics.

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