Medical statistics is a fundamental scientific component of health research. Medical statisticians interact with biomedical researchers, epidemiologists and public health professionals and contribute to the effective translation of scientific research into patient benefits and clinical decision-making. As new biomedical problems emerge, there are exciting challenges in the application of existing tools and the development of new superior models.
The UCL Medical Statistics degree provides students with a sound background in theoretical statistics as well as practical hands-on experience in designing, analysing and interpreting health studies, including trials and observational studies. The taught component equips students with analytical tools for healthcare economic evaluation, and the research project provides experience in using real clinical datasets.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of a foundation course, six core modules (90 credits) two optional modules (30 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).
All MSc students undertake an individual research project, culminating in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and classes, some of which are dedicated to practical work. External organisations deliver technical lectures and seminars where possible. Assessment is through written examination and coursework. The research project is assessed through the dissertation and a 15-minute presentation.
Workshops running during the teaching terms provide preparation for this project and cover the communication of statistics, for example, the presentation of statistical graphs and tables.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Statistics (Medical Statistics) MSc
Medical statisticians enable the application of the best possible quantitative methods in health research and assist in the reliable translation of research findings to public and patients’ health care.
The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has identified medical statistics as one of the priority areas in their capacity building strategy and has awarded UCL two studentships annually for this MSc.
Recent career destinations for this degree
There is an acute shortage of medical statisticians in the UK and employment opportunities are excellent. Recent graduates from this programme have been employed by clinical trials units, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS trusts and universities (e.g. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UCL).
One of the strengths of UCL Statistical Science is the breadth of expertise on offer; the research interests of staff span the full range from foundations to applications, and make important original contributions to the development of statistical science.
UCL is linked with four NHS hospital trusts and hosts three biomedical research centres, four clinical trial units and an Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology. Established links between UCL Statistical Science, the NIHR UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre and the Clinical Trial Units provide high-quality biomedical projects for Master's students and opportunities for excellent postgraduate teaching and medical research.
The MSc Social Statistics (Statistics pathway) serves to meet the research training needs of postgraduate researchers in social statistics methodology. It also provides vocational training for professional social statisticians. It is expected that you will have the equivalent of at least a second-class honours degree with a substantial statistical theory component, for example in statistics, mathematics or econometrics.
Do you enjoy using numbers and data to provide answers to current problems? Apply for the Masters in Social Statistics (Statistics Pathway) degree and enhance your knowledge of statistics. The masters course at the University of Southampton will teach you how to analyse and understanding statistical methodology. The Masters in Social Statistics (Statistics Pathway) can open to the door to a career as an experienced statistician in a wide range of sectors such as government, medicine, social research and data analytics in the private sector.
This programme provides postgraduate instruction in the theory and methods of social statistics for students whose interests lie in the collection and analysis of quantitative social science data.
This programme is now closed but you may want to consider other courses such as the Advanced Computing MSc.
The Data Science MSc is an interdisciplinary study programme that will provide you with advanced technical and practical skills in the collection, collation, curation and analysis of data. It also examines the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of data scientists. This is an ideal study pathway for graduates with a background in quantitative subjects, or who possess relevant work experience in the current methods and techniques of data science.
The Data Science MSc degree will provide you with the practical skills needed to effectively assemble, collate, store, manage and analyse data required for data science projects and the critical judgement to decide the appropriate statistical and computational data modelling and analysis techniques to evaluate data science activities and projects. You will study the computational approaches and techniques used to examine mathematical statistics, as well as developing an appreciation for the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of the data scientist, along with standard conceptual or scientific models in at least one domain of application of data science. You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation.
The purpose of this degree programme is to train graduates from quantitative disciplines or with relevant quantitative work experience in current methods and techniques of data science, particularly the science of large-scale data collections. These methods and techniques include both computational techniques and methods from mathematical statistics. The MSc will also provide you with an appreciation for the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of the data scientist, along with standard conceptual or scientific models in at least one domain of application of data science. Your individual project will typically aim to apply these methods to a problem in a specific application domain, and provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.
Lectures; tutorials; seminars; laboratory sessions; optional career planning workshops. Assessed through: coursework; written examinations; final project report.
Via the Department’s Careers Programme, students are able to network with top employers and obtain advice on how to enhance career prospects.
The Oxford Master's in Mathematical Sciences (OMMS), provides a broad and flexible training in mathematical sciences, essential for research and innovation in the 21st century.
This MSc is run jointly by the Mathematical Institute and the Department of Statistics. It spans interdisciplinary applications of mathematics as well as recognizing fundamental questions and themes. Oxford has a world-class reputation in the mathematical sciences, and this master's degree offers students the opportunity to work with an international group of peers, including other mathematical leaders of the future.
This course draws on subjects in mathematics, statistics and computer science: from number theory, geometry and algebra to genetics and cryptography; from probability and mathematical geoscience to data mining and machine learning. You have the opportunity to choose from many different pathways, tailoring the programme to your individual interests and requirements. Examples of pathways include:
You will attend at least six units worth of courses (with one unit corresponding to a 16-hour lecture course supported by classes) in addition to writing a dissertation (worth two units). You will be encouraged to work collaboratively in classes, to develop your understanding of the material. Those wishing to extend themselves further might take one or two additional courses.
The master's offers a substantial opportunity for independent study and research in the form of a dissertation. The dissertation is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor and will typically involve investigating and writing in a particular area of mathematical sciences, without the requirement (while not excluding the possibility) of obtaining original results. A dissertation gives students the opportunity to develop broader transferable skills in the processes of organizing, communicating, and presenting their work, and will equip students well for further research or for a wide variety of other careers.
The Mathematical Institute is proud to have received an Athena SWAN silver award in 2017, reflecting its commitment to promoting diversity and to creating a working environment in which students and staff alike can achieve their full potential. The Department of Statistics is currently applying for a silver award. The departments offer extensive support to students, from regular skills training and career development sessions to a variety of social events in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
This course runs from the beginning of October through to the end of June. Performance on the master's degree is assessed by invigilated written examinations and mini projects, and by the dissertation.