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About the MSc programme. The MSc Statistics provides intensive training in statistics applicable to the social sciences, economics and finance. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Statistics provides intensive training in statistics applicable to the social sciences, economics and finance.

The aim of the programme is to foster an interest in theoretical and applied statistics and equip you for work as a professional statistician. You will learn to analyse and critically interpret data, build statistical models of real situations, and use programming tools and statistical software packages. 

The compulsory course will provide you with comprehensive coverage of fundamental aspects of probability and statistical methods and principles. It provides the foundations for the optional courses on more advanced statistical modelling, computational methods, statistical computing and advanced probability theory. Options also include specialist courses from the Departments of Methodology, Management, Mathematics, Economics and Social Policy. 

Graduates of the programme are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society. 

MSc Statistics (Research)

The research stream is similar to the MSc Statistics nine-month programme but involves a compulsory dissertation which replaces one unit's worth of optional courses and extends the length of the programme to 12 months. 

Graduates of the programme are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society.

Graduate destinations

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.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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About the MSc programme. The MSc Statistics (Social Statistics) aims to provide high-level training in the theory and application of modern statistical methods, with a focus on methods commonly used in the social sciences. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Statistics (Social Statistics) aims to provide high-level training in the theory and application of modern statistical methods, with a focus on methods commonly used in the social sciences.

You will gain insights into the design and analysis of social science studies, including large and complex datasets, study the latest developments in statistics, and learn how to apply advanced methods to investigate social science questions.  

The programme includes two core courses which provide training in fundamental aspects of probability and statistical theory and methods, the theory and application of generalised linear models, and programming and data analysis using the R and Stata packages. These courses together provide the foundations for the optional courses on more advanced statistical modelling, computational methods and statistical computing. Options also include specialist courses from the Departments of Methodology, Economics, Geography and Social Policy. 

Research Stream

The Research stream is similar to the nine-month programme, but will include a dissertation component, extending the programme to twelve months.

Graduate destinations

There is a high demand for graduates with advanced statistics training and an interest in social science applications, and students on this programme have excellent career prospects. 

Potential employers include the public sector (the Office for National Statistics, government departments, universities), market research organisations, survey research organisations and NGOs. This programme would be ideal preparation for doctoral research in social statistics or quantitative social science.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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This new course is run in conjunction with the Medical Statistics Group in the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). Read more

About the course

This new course is run in conjunction with the Medical Statistics Group in the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). Accredited by the Royal Statistical Society, it provides professional training for a career in the medical, pharmaceutical and health services industries. The course is based on the MSc Statistics with additional training in specialist areas of medical applications.

Your career

Our graduates go into finance, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. They work for government agencies and research institutes with major organisations such as First Direct, GlaxoSmithKline, Marks and Spencer, the Government Statistical Service and Medical Research Council units. Our courses can also prepare you for PhD-level research.

About us

Our academics are in demand. They are members of international societies and organisations, and they speak at conferences around the world. They bring new ideas into the classroom so you can see how research is improving on existing approaches. Our solar scientists were the first to record musical sounds created by vibrations in the sun’s atmosphere.

Our Statistical Services Unit works with industry, commerce and the public sector. The services they provide include consultancy, training courses and computer software development.

Different ways to study

You can study full-time over a year or part-time over two to three years via online distance learning. The MSc Mathematics is only available as a full-time course.

Studentships

You may be able to get funding from the University or an external company. Course-specific studentships may also be available. You should apply for these as soon as possible.

Core modules

Data Analysis; Statistical Laboratory; Linear Models; Epidemiological Methods and Time Series; Bayesian Inference and Further Clinical Trials; Sampling, Design and Medical Statistics.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, tutorials and computing sessions. You’ll do group work, presentations and role play. Most statistics lectures are recorded so you can watch them again later.

The distance learning option is taught online with support via email and phone. Distance learners also come to the University for residential weeks. You’re assessed by exams, project work and a dissertation.

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About the MSc programme. The Financial Statistics stream of the MSc Statistics programme is mainly intended for students wishing to pursue careers in the finance industry or as a stepping stone towards PhD study in statistics for finance. Read more

About the MSc programme

The Financial Statistics stream of the MSc Statistics programme is mainly intended for students wishing to pursue careers in the finance industry or as a stepping stone towards PhD study in statistics for finance.

It provides high-level training in statistics with applications in finance and econometrics. You will learn to analyse and critically interpret data, build statistical models of real situations, and use statistical software packages. 

The compulsory courses consolidate your understanding of fundamental ideas in probability and statistics and introduce advanced topics. You can choose options to focus on statistics with applications in social science or in finance and econometrics. 

Graduates of the programme are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society if a specific combination of modules is taken. 

Research Stream

The research stream is similar to the nine-month programme but involves a compulsory dissertation which replaces one unit's worth of optional courses and extends the length of the programme to 12 months.

Graduate destinations

The programme provides excellent opportunities for employment and further study. The programme is also conditionally accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. This means that although an accreditation is given, it will only lead to the award of ‘Graduate Statistician’ if you take a specific combination of modules.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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This course prepares you for a career as a statistician. You’ll learn how to solve practical statistical problems and develop personal skills including presentation and time management. Read more

About the course

This course prepares you for a career as a statistician. You’ll learn how to solve practical statistical problems and develop personal skills including presentation and time management. This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Your career

Our graduates go into finance, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. They work for government agencies and research institutes with major organisations such as First Direct, GlaxoSmithKline, Marks and Spencer, the Government Statistical Service and Medical Research Council units. Our courses can also prepare you for PhD-level research.

About us

Our academics are in demand. They are members of international societies and organisations, and they speak at conferences around the world. They bring new ideas into the classroom so you can see how research is improving on existing approaches. Our solar scientists were the first to record musical sounds created by vibrations in the sun’s atmosphere.

Our Statistical Services Unit works with industry, commerce and the public sector. The services they provide include consultancy, training courses and computer software development.

Different ways to study

You can study full-time over a year or part-time over two to three years via online distance learning. The MSc Mathematics is only available as a full-time course.

Studentships

You may be able to get funding from the University or an external company. Course-specific studentships may also be available. You should apply for these as soon as possible.

Core modules

Data Analysis; Statistical Laboratory; Linear Models; Dependent Data; Inference; Sampling, Design and Medical Statistics.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, tutorials and computing sessions. You’ll do group work, presentations and role play. Most statistics lectures are recorded so you can watch them again later.

The distance learning option is taught online with support via email and phone. Distance learners also come to the University for residential weeks. You’re assessed by exams, project work and a dissertation.

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Statistics is thriving at Kent, and the research of the Group was rated in the top ten in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Read more
Statistics is thriving at Kent, and the research of the Group was rated in the top ten in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. We are also one of the main hubs of the National Centre for Statistical Ecology. Recently, we have updated our MSc in Statistics and introduced a new MSc in Statistics with Finance. Both programmes are accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/167/statistics-with-finance

Course detail

The MSc in Statistics with Finance is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and is excellent preparation for careers in any field requiring a strong statistical background.

Purpose

This programme trains students for careers using statistics in the financial services industry. You study the statistical modelling underpinning much modern financial engineering combined with a deep understanding of core statistical concepts. The programme includes modelling of financial time series, risk and multivariate techniques.

Format and assessment

You undertake a substantial project in the area of finance or financial econometrics, supervised by an experienced researcher. Some projects are focused on the analysis of particular complex data sets while others are more concerned with generic methodology.

You gain experience of analysing real data problems through practical classes and exercises. The course includes training in the computer language R.

Assessment is through coursework and formal examinations.

Careers

Students often go into careers as professional statisticians in industry, government, research and teaching but our programmes also prepare you for careers in other fields requiring a strong statistical background. You have the opportunity to attend careers talks from professional statisticians working in industry and to attend networking meetings with employers.

Recent graduates have started careers in diverse areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, financial services and sports betting.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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International Master's in Statistics - MSc. https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/163/international-masters-statistics. Read more
International Master's in Statistics - MSc: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/163/international-masters-statistics

Overview

The International Master’s in Statistics develops your practical, statistical and computing skills to prepare you for a professional career in statistics or as a solid basis for further research in the area.

The programme has been designed to provide a deep understanding of the modern statistical methods required to model and analyse data. You will benefit from a thorough grounding in the ideas underlying these methods and develop your skills in key areas such as practical data analysis and data modelling.

It has been accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and equips aspiring professional statisticians with the skills they need for posts in industry, government, research and teaching. It also enables you to develop a range of transferable skills that are attractive to employers within the public and private sectors.

Students whose mathematical and statistical background is insufficient for direct entry on to the appropriate programme, may apply for this course. The first year of the programme gives you a strong background in statistics, including its mathematical aspects, equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Statistics. This is followed by the MSc in Statistics.

International Master's in Statistics with Finance - MSc: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/164/international-masters-statistics-finance

Overview

This programme, accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), equips aspiring professional statisticians with the skills they will need for posts in industry, government, research and teaching. It is suitable preparation too for careers in other fields requiring a strong statistical background.

Students whose mathematical and statistical background is insufficient for direct entry on to the appropriate programme, may apply for this course. The first year of the programme gives you a strong background in statistics, including its mathematical aspects, equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Statistics. This is followed by the MSc in Statistics with Finance.

About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS)

The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills. Developing computational skills and applying them to mathematical problems forms a significant part of the postgraduate training in the School. We encourage all postgraduate statistics students to take part in statistics seminars and to help in tutorial classes.

The Statistics Group is forward-thinking, with varied research, and received consistently high rankings in the last two Research Assessment Exercises.

Statistics at Kent provides:

- a programme that gives you the opportunity to develop practical, mathematical and computing skills in statistics, while working on challenging and important problems relevant to a broad range of potential employers

- teaching and supervision by staff who are research-active, with established reputations and who are accessible, supportive and genuinely interested in your work

- advanced and accessible computing and other facilities

- a congenial work atmosphere with pleasant surroundings, where you can socialise and discuss issues with a community of other students.

Research areas

Biometry and ecological statistics
Specific interests are in biometry, cluster analysis, stochastic population processes, analysis of discrete data, analysis of quantal assay data, overdispersion, and we enjoy good links within the University, including the School of Biosciences and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. A recent major joint research project involves modelling the behaviour of yeast prions and builds upon previous work in this area. We also work in collaboration with many external institutions.

Bayesian statistics
Current work includes non-parametric Bayes, inference robustness, modelling with non-normal distributions, model uncertainty, variable selection and functional data analysis.
Bioinformatics, statistical genetics and medical statistics
Research covers bioinformatics (eg DNA microarray data), involving collaboration with the School of Biosciences. Other interests include population genetics, clinical trials and survival analysis.

Nonparametric statistics
Research focuses on empirical likelihood, high-dimensional data analysis, nonlinear dynamic analysis, semi-parametric modelling, survival analysis, risk insurance, functional data analysis, spatial data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, feature selection and wavelets.

Careers

Students often go into careers as professional statisticians in industry, government, research and teaching but our programmes also prepare you for careers in other fields requiring a strong statistical background. You have the opportunity to attend careers talks from professional statisticians working in industry and to attend networking meetings with employers.

Recent graduates have started careers in diverse areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, financial services and sports betting.

Professional recognition

The taught programmes in Statistics and Statistics with Finance provide exemption from the professional examinations of the Royal Statistical Society and qualification for Graduate Statistician status.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Looking for high-quality training in statistics for research or for professional life? If so, consider KU Leuven's MSc in Statistics, an interdisciplinary programme whose teaching is grounded in internationally-recognised research. Read more

Looking for high-quality training in statistics for research or for professional life? If so, consider KU Leuven's MSc in Statistics, an interdisciplinary programme whose teaching is grounded in internationally-recognised research. Choose from a number of approaches: biometrics, social behavioural and educational statistics, business statistics, industrial statistics, general statistical methodology, or an all-round statistics profile.

What is the Master of Statistics all about?

This master’s programme is offered by the Leuven Statistics Research Centre (LStat) of KU Leuven. It is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. You’ll be trained intensively in both the theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. The programme will also help you develop a problem-solving attitude and teach you how to apply statistical methodology.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Structure

The 120-ECTS programme consists of a common core curriculum (one semester), option-specific courses (one semester), elective courses (one semester), and a master’s thesis.

  • Common core curriculum (30 ECTS): these course are compulsory for every student.
  • Option-specific courses (min. 32 ECTS). Within your selected option, you choose courses worth a total of minimum 32 ECTS.
  • Elective courses (30 ECTS)

To tailor the programme to your needs and interests, you choose one of the following options:

  • Biometrics;
  • Social, Behavioural, and Educational Statistics;
  • Business Statistics;
  • Industrial Statistics;
  • General Statistical Methodology;
  • Official Statistics;
  • All-round Statistics.

Department

LStat hosts international experts and is a stimulating environment for multidisciplinary statistical research. LStat is a privileged meeting space for statistics researchers from a range of domains:

  • Biostatistics;
  • Social, Behavioural and Educational Statistics;
  • Business and Industrial Statistics;
  • Statistical Methodology.

Objectives

The master of Statistics:

KNOWLEDGE AND INSIGHT

  • possesses thorough knowledge of and insight in the field of Statistics
  • has a perspective on the research and consulting aspects of one or more statistical fields within at least one of the following: biometry, industrial statistics, social behavioral and educational statistics, business statistics, statistical methodology, official statistics.
  • understands similarities and differences between different statistical methodology and practice across different sub-fields of statistics.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND INSIGHT

  • has the competences and the insight to take the following steps in their own scientific research within a research team
  • can handle scientific quantitative research questions in the application area, independently, effectively, creatively, and correctly using state-of-the-art design and analysis methodology and software.
  • has the skills and the habit to assess data quality and integrity.
  • is aware of the ethical, moral, legal, policy making, and privacy context of statistics and shows conduct accordingly.

DEVELOPING AN OPINION

  • appreciates the international nature of the field of statistical science.
  • is aware of the societal relevance of statistics.
  • can critically appraise methodology and challenge proposals for reported results of data analysis.

COMMUNICATION

  • can work in an intercultural, and international team, and understands the need and importance of working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • is an effective written and oral communicator, as well as an effective negotiator, both within their own field as well as towards other disciplines in the context of multidisciplinary projects.
  • is aware of the common stakeholders and the need for assertive and empathic interaction with them.

LEARNING SKILLS

  • is capable of acquiring new knowledge.

DEPENDING ON THE CHOSEN OPTION, THE STUDENT MASTERS FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • the master can act as a statistical consultant to subject-matter scientists and practitioners or/and as a collaborative researcher in an area of specialisation.

Career perspectives

As statistician, you'll be recruited by industry, banks or government institutions. You may find yourself designing clinical trials and supporting the biomedical sector, coaching research for new medicines, setting up and analysing psychological tests and surveys, performing financial risk analyses, statistically managing R&D projects and quality controls, or developing statistical software. And don't forget the academic world. The applications of statistics are very diverse, just like your professional options. 



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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. Read more

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.

About this degree

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).

Core modules

  • Foundation Course (not credit bearing)
  • Statistical Inference
  • Statistical Models and Data Analysis
  • Medical Statistics I
  • Medical Statistics II
  • Statistical Computing
  • Applied Bayesian Methods

Optional modules

  • At least one from:
  • Statistics for Interpreting Genetic Data
  • Bayesian Methods in Health Economics
  • and at least one from:
  • Epidemiology
  • Statistical Design of Investigations

Dissertation/report

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

Careers

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

  • Biostatistician, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Statistical and Epidemiological Modeller, University of Oxford
  • PhD in Statistical Science, UCL
  • Graduate Bio-Statistician, PRA International

Employability

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).

Why study this degree at 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.



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These programmes offers the opportunity to begin or consolidate your research career under the guidance of internationally renowned researchers and professionals in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS). Read more
These programmes offers the opportunity to begin or consolidate your research career under the guidance of internationally renowned researchers and professionals in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS).

Research interests are diverse and include: Bayesian statistics; bioinformatics; biometry; ecological statistics; epidemic modelling; medical statistics; nonparametric statistics and semi-parametric modelling; risk and queueing theory; shape statistics.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/169/statistics

About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS):

The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills. Developing computational skills and applying them to mathematical problems forms a significant part of the postgraduate training in the School. We encourage all postgraduate statistics students to take part in statistics seminars and to help in tutorial classes.

The Statistics Group is forward-thinking, with varied research, and received consistently high rankings in the last two Research Assessment Exercises.

Statistics at Kent provides:

- a programme that gives you the opportunity to develop practical, mathematical and computing skills in statistics, while working on challenging and important problems relevant to a broad range of potential employers

- teaching and supervision by staff who are research-active, with established reputations and who are accessible, supportive and genuinely interested in your work

- advanced and accessible computing and other facilities

- a congenial work atmosphere with pleasant surroundings, where you can socialise and discuss issues with a community of other students.

Course structure

The research interests of the group are in line with the mainstream of statistics, with emphasis on both theoretical and applied subjects.

There are strong connections with a number of prestigious research universities such as Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, the University of Otago, the University of Sydney and other research institutions at home and abroad.

The group regularly receives research grants. The EPSRC has awarded two major grants, which support the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE), a joint venture between several institutions. A BBSRC grant supports stochastic modelling in bioscience.

Research areas

- Biometry and ecological statistics

Specific interests are in biometry, cluster analysis, stochastic population processes, analysis of discrete data, analysis of quantal assay data, overdispersion, and we enjoy good links within the University, including the School of Biosciences and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. A recent major joint research project involves modelling the behaviour of yeast prions and builds upon previous work in this area. We also work in collaboration with many external institutions.

- Bayesian statistics

Current work includes non-parametric Bayes, inference robustness, modelling with non-normal distributions, model uncertainty, variable selection and functional data analysis.

- Bioinformatics, statistical genetics and medical statistics

Research covers bioinformatics (eg DNA microarray data), involving collaboration with the School of Biosciences. Other interests include population genetics, clinical trials and survival analysis.

- Nonparametric statistics

Research focuses on empirical likelihood, high-dimensional data analysis, nonlinear dynamic analysis, semi-parametric modelling, survival analysis, risk insurance, functional data analysis, spatial data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, feature selection and wavelets.

Careers

Students often go into careers as professional statisticians in industry, government, research and teaching but our programmes also prepare you for careers in other fields requiring a strong statistical background. You have the opportunity to attend careers talks from professional statisticians working in industry and to attend networking meetings with employers.

Recent graduates have started careers in diverse areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, financial services and sports betting.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The MSc Social Statistics (Statistics pathway) serves to meet the research training needs of postgraduate researchers in social statistics methodology. Read more

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.

Introducing your course

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.

Overview

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.

View the programme specification document for this course



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An MSc is generally accepted as being highly desirable for starting and developing a career in Medical Statistics. The MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine is also an excellent preparation for embarking on a PhD project in Statistics or Medical Statistics. Read more

An MSc is generally accepted as being highly desirable for starting and developing a career in Medical Statistics. The MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine is also an excellent preparation for embarking on a PhD project in Statistics or Medical Statistics.

The MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine, taught by one of the largest and strongest Statistics groups in the UK, will provide you with a sound Masters-level training in Statistical methodology, with an emphasis on practical problems arising in the context of collecting and analysing Medical data. Several modules are delivered by Medical Statisticians, who can provide data and case studies from their own day to day work at Southampton General Hospital and the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.

While studying for your degree, you will develop key transferrable skills, such as written and oral communication, the use of and some programming in Statistical software, time management, and basic research skills. 

Programme objectives are:

  • to give you knowledge of statistical theory and methods at an advanced level
  • to train you for a career as a statistician, particularly in areas related to medicine
  • to give you experience of applications of statistical methods
  • to enable you to develop oral and written communication skills

Careers:

Past graduates have joined major pharmaceutical companies, research teams at the Medical Research Council, university-based medical research units, contract research organisations, government, the financial sector, or have continued with further study to become successful PhD students.

Introducing your course

The ever-increasing amount and range of patient data presents the pharmaceutical industry and medical research institutions with significant challenges and great opportunities. Medical Statisticians design and analyse clinical trials for new treatments; they help to identify the genes responsible for disease and they developing methodology to enable advances in personalised medicine. 

Their work underpins scientific breakthroughs that will be life-saving for many. In the MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine you will examine new developments in challenging medical data problems through the study of clinical trials, statistical genetics and epidemiological methods.

Overview

The full-time MSc is completed over a 12-month period. There are two semesters of taught material, which account for 60 ECTS credits, followed by the MSc project in summer, which accounts for 30 ECTS credits.

The programme structure allows you to select options ranging from the more theoretical aspects of Statistics, including a module on research topics, to those which cover material focussed on practical applications of Statistics in a clinical setting. This is complemented by modules on research skills, a Medical Statistics seminar series providing insight into the role of Medical Statisticians in various different careers (which also gives opportunities for networking with the speakers), and several presentations on transferrable skills by the University Careers and Employability Service Team.

View the programme specification document for this course



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Statistical science skills are powerful tools that play a valuable role in all pure and applied sciences as well as in finance, law and marketing. Read more

Statistical science skills are powerful tools that play a valuable role in all pure and applied sciences as well as in finance, law and marketing. The quantitative skills training provided by this MSc can lead to new and exciting opportunities in industry, medicine, government, commerce or research.

About this degree

The programme takes a broad-based approach to statistics, providing up-to-date training in the major applications and an excellent balance between theory and application. It covers modern ideas in statistics including applied Bayesian methods, generalised linear modelling and object-oriented statistical computing, together with a grounding in traditional statistical theory and methods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of a foundation module, four core modules (60 credits) four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Foundation Course (not credit bearing)
  • Statistical Models and Data Analysis
  • Statistical Design of Investigations
  • Statistical Computing
  • Applied Bayesian Methods

Optional modules

  • Decision and Risk
  • Stochastic Systems
  • Forecasting
  • Statistical Inference
  • Medical Statistics I
  • Medical Statistics II
  • Stochastic Methods in Finance I
  • Stochastic Methods in Finance II
  • Factorial Experimentation
  • Selected Topics in Statistics
  • Bayesian Methods in Health Economics
  • Quantitative Modelling of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent 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 e.g. the presentation of statistical graphs and tables.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Statistics MSc

Careers

Graduates typically enter professional employment across a broad range of industry sectors or pursue further academic study.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Data Analyst, Bupa
  • Quantitative Risk Analyst, Santander
  • PhD in Statistics, UCL
  • Management Associate, HSBC
  • Statistical Analyst, Nielsen

Employability

The Statistics MSc provides skills that are currently highly sought after. Graduates receive advanced training in methods and computational tools for data analysis that companies and research organisations value. For instance, the new directives and laws for risk assessments in the banking and insurance industries, as well as the healthcare sector, require statistical experts trained at graduate level. The large amount of data processing in various industries (known as "data deluge") also necessitates cutting-edge knowledge in statistics. As a result, our recent graduates have been offered positions as research analysts or consultants, and job opportunities in these areas are increasing.

Why study this degree at 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.

London provides an excellent environment in which to study statistical science, being the home of the Royal Statistical Society as well as a base for a large community of statisticians, both academic and non-academic.



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This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytical and statistical skill set necessary for success in industry, business or in the public sector. Read more

This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytical and statistical skill set necessary for success in industry, business or in the public sector. From day one you will find yourself working with multinational organisations on case studies to develop your abilities in applied analytics and statistics. Opportunities for summer projects in a wide range of industries are an integral part of the programme.

Full time study: This one year master programme is suitable for numerate graduates. The MSc programme lasts for twelve months.

The MSc programme in Operational Research and Statistics provides students with the ideal skill set in mathematical modelling, experimental design, statistical analysis, and numerical computation. This programme also provides soft skills such as communicating results to managers/executives. These prepare students to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities in industry, business or in the public sector.

A highlight of the programme is the three-month summer project: it may be either in Operational Research or Statistics (or the interface between the two). You will have the option to bid for an external project which is usually based at a nearby company and requires working on a real problem of practical importance to that company. You also have the option to work on an internal project which might involve data from external sources. The MSc project consists of an individual investigation and is under the supervision of a member of staff. This project enables students to integrate and consolidate skills learned on the course (and to fulfil deliverables for the sponsoring company in the case of an external project).

In summary, the learning and teaching aims of the programme are:

1. To give you knowledge of operational research techniques and applied statistical theory and methods at an advanced level;

2. To train you for careers as either an operational researcher or as a statistician.

3. To enable you to develop oral and written communication skills.

4. To give you experience of applications of operational research and statistical methods.

Introducing your course

Operational researchers and statisticians play a fundamental role in the modern world. This MSc will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide effective solutions to complex organizational challenges. This includes all key stages of solving real-world problems:

-Providing analytical understanding the problem; possibly through designing experiments, collecting and visualizing data

-Mathematically formulating the problem and finding solution approaches

-Providing statistical analysis and computation

-Presenting and communicating the results

The programme contains compulsory modules that provide the foundation in both Operational Research and Statistics, and optional modules for students to specialise in these two areas (or to have a balance portfolio of them).

The summer dissertation gives you an opportunity to develop your research skills, often in a commercial setting, and our industrial liaison team will work with you to find a project that suits your skills and ambitions.

Overview

What is Operational Research?

Operational Research is the application of scientific methods to the study of complex organisational problems. It is concerned with applying advanced analytical methods to make effective decisions in strategic planning or operational planning, and build more productive systems.

What is Statistics?

Statistics is concerned with decision-making in the face of uncertainty, and lies at the heart of the type of quantitative reasoning necessary for making important advances in the sciences, such as medicine and genetics, and for making important decisions in business and public policy.

Why do an MSc?

An MSc is generally accepted as being highly desirable for starting and developing a career in OR. The MSc is also a good preparation for research work.

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/cormsis/mscsummerproject/index.page

A highlight of the programme is the 3-month summer project. The student is usually placed with a nearby company and works on a real problem of practical importance to that company.

Environment

The Operational Research Group and the Statistics Group in Mathematics are strong committed teams of 20 lecturing staff and a number of research staff. The Groups teach a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as undertaking consultancy work for outside organisations. Many of the staff are internationally known in their fields of research.

The 2017 QS subject world rankings places Statistics and Operational Research at Southampton in the top 100.

CORMSIS Business Advisory Board

This Committee is a good indicator of the high regard in which the Southampton MSc programmes involving Operational Research are held by outside organisations. Its purpose is to ensure that the MSc programmes produce graduates with the requisite skills for the needs of industry. It also provides a focal point for liaison between the Operational Research Group and industry. You have the chance to meet the Committee several times during the year. Major companies including ShellBritish AirwaysBAABTThe AADstl and HM Revenue & Customs are represented on the Committee.

View the programme specification document for this course



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This Masters in Environmental Statistics will provide you with knowledge and experience of the principles, theory and practical skills of statistics; previous study of statistics is not required. Read more

This Masters in Environmental Statistics will provide you with knowledge and experience of the principles, theory and practical skills of statistics; previous study of statistics is not required.

Why this programme

  • The Statistics Group at Glasgow is a large group, internationally renowned for its research excellence.
  • Our Statistics MSc programmes benefit from close links lecturers have with industry and non-governmental organisations such as NHS and SEPA.
  • Our expertise spans topics including: biostatistics and statistical genetics; environmental statistics; statistical methodology; statistical modelling and the scholarship of learning and teaching in statistics.
  • You will develop a thorough grasp of statistical methodology, before going on to apply statistical skills to solve real-life problems.
  • You will be equipped with the skills needed to begin a career as a professional statistician; previous study of statistics is not required.
  • You will be taught by world-leading experts in their fields and will participate in an extensive and varied seminar programme, are taught by internationally renowned lecturers and experience a wide variety of projects.
  • Our students graduate with a varied skill set, including core professional skills, and a portfolio of substantive applied and practical work.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the Masters across the Statistics programmes include lectures, laboratory classes, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses (compulsory)

  • Bayesian statistics 
  • Data analysis 
  • Environmental statistics 
  • Generalised linear models 
  • Introduction to R programming
  • Principles of GIS (10)
  • Probability 1
  • Regression models 
  • Spatial statistics 
  • Statistical inference 1
  • Time series 
  • Topographic mapping and landscape monitoring
  • Statistics project and dissertation.

1 Any student who, in the course of study for his or her first degree, has already completed the equivalent of the Probability and/or Statistical inference courses can substitute these courses by any other optional course (including optional courses offered as part of the MRes in Advanced Statistics). The choice of substituting course is subject to approval by the Programme Director.

Summer (May – August)

Statistics project and dissertation (60) - applying statistical methods and modelling to data collected from research in environmental science, assessed by a dissertation.

Career prospects

Our graduates have an excellent track record of gaining employment in many sectors including medical research, the pharmaceutical industry, finance and government statistical services, while others have continued to a PhD.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:

Research Officer Medical Statistics at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Welcome Trust.



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