The MSc in Statistics is a flexible degree programme enabling students from a wide range of backgrounds to both broaden and deepen their understanding of statistics.
The programme combines in-depth training in mainstream advanced statistical modelling with a broad range of specialisations - from financial mathematics to statistical bioinformatics; from shape analysis to risk management. You’ll also develop your understanding of research methods in statistics from writing styles to programming skills, preparing you for a wide range of careers in different sectors – and then apply them to a substantial research project of your own.
If you do not meet the full academic entry requirements then you may wish to consider the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. This course is aimed at students who would like to study for a mathematics related MSc course but do not currently meet the entry requirements. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, students who meet the required performance level will be eligible for entry onto a number of related MSc courses, in the following academic year.
Royal statistical Society Accreditation
On graduation you will be eligible for the Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status and after five years’ experience this can be converted into the professional status of Chartered Statistician (CStat).
Being a chartered statistician provides employers, contractors and collaborators of statisticians a level of assurance that you are at the forefront of your field and is a mark of accomplishment to society.
The first two semesters of your course will consist of taught modules and in the third semester you will devote your time to a major dissertation.
Within each semester there is one compulsory module and a range of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the area of statistics of most interest to you. Specialist areas within the course include biological or financial applications of statistics or broad based statistical expertise.The core modules will develop your skills to lay the groundwork of the programme. You’ll learn a range of statistical computing techniques and build research skills such as academic writing, programming and literature searches. Options within the course vary from mainstream topics in statistical methodology to more specialised areas and reflect specific research interests of our academic staff - examples include statistical shape analysis, directional data, statistical genetics and stochastic financial modelling.
Teaching is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects.
The taught course is primarily assessed by end-of-semester examinations with a small component of continuous assessment. The semester three project is assessed by a written dissertation and a short oral presentation.
There is a shortage of well-qualified statisticians in the UK and other countries. Numeracy, in general, is an attribute keenly sought after by employers.
The emergence of data mining and analysis means that demand for statisticians is growing across a wide range of professions - actuarial, betting and gaming industries, charitable organisations, commercial, environmental, financial, forensic and police investigation, government, market research, medical and pharmaceutical organisations. The course is designed specifically to meet this demand.
Many statistical careers require people educated to masters degree level. This course is designed to build on existing mathematical skills and deepen knowledge of statistics in order for you to access a variety of professions or pursue further research as a PhD student.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
This online learning programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to conservation management.
It draws together expertise from within the University of Edinburgh's Global Health Academy and partner global associates, to deliver first class teaching and research in the field of Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health.
You will assess all aspects of ecosystems, aiming to conserve and maintain their sustainability in both the developing and developed world.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Academies.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
The programme is delivered using innovative online learning. It involves a mixed teaching approach that includes independent study and reflection, as well as online discussion and group project work.
Year 1: certificate
You study the following areas:
Year 2: diploma
You choose six elective courses from the following:
Elective courses are subject to minimum student numbers and timetabling restrictions.
Year 3: masters
You complete your own choice of dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.
This programme has been designed to help you find work in environmental, intergovernmental, national and international agencies, as well as lobby groups, NGOs and other research groups.