Data is the driving force behind today's information-based society. There is a rapidly increasing demand for specialists who are able to exploit the new wealth of information in large and complex systems.
The programme focuses on modern methods from machine learning and database management that use the power of statistics to build efficient models, make reliable predictions and optimal decisions. The programme provides students with unique skills that are among the most valued on the labour market.
The rapid development of information technologies has led to the overwhelming of society with enormous volumes of information generated by large or complex systems. Applications in IT, telecommunications, business, robotics, economics, medicine, and many other fields generate information volumes that challenge professional analysts. Models and algorithms from machine learning, data mining, statistical visualisation, computational statistics and other computer-intensive statistical methods included in the programme are designed to learn from these complex information volumes. These tools are often used to increase the efficiency and productivity of large and complex systems and also to make them smarter and more autonomous. This naturally makes these tools increasingly popular with both governmental agencies and the private sector.
The programme is designed for students who have basic knowledge of mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and computer science and have a bachelor’s degree in one of these areas, or an engineering degree.
Most of the courses included in the programme provide students with deep theoretical knowledge and practical experience from massive amounts of laboratory work.
Students will be given the opportunity to learn:
The programme contains a wide variety of courses that students may choose from. Students willing to complement their studies with courses given at other universities have the possibility to participate in exchange studies during the third term. Our partner programmes were carefully selected in order to cover various methodological perspectives and applied areas.
During the final term of the programme, students receive help in finding a private company or a government institution where they can work towards their thesis. There they can apply their knowledge to a real problem and meet people who use advanced data analytics in practice.
In this digital and data-rich era the demand for statistics graduates from industry, the public sector and academia is high, yet the pool of such graduates is small. The recent growth of data science has increased the awareness of the importance of statistics, with the analysis of data and interpretation of the results firmly embedded within this newly recognised field.
This programme is designed to train the next generation of statisticians with a focus on the newly recognised field of data science. The syllabus combines rigorous statistical theory with wider hands-on practical experience of applying statistical models to data. In particular the programme includes:
Graduates will be in high demand. It is anticipated that the majority of students will be employed as statisticians within private and public institutions providing statistical advice/consultancy.
To be awarded the MSc degree you need to obtain a total of 180 credits. All students take courses during semester 1 and 2 to the value of 120 credits which will be a combination of compulsory and optional courses. Successful performance in these courses (assessed via coursework or examinations or both) permits you to start work on your dissertation (60 credits) for the award of the MSc degree. The standard dissertation will take the form of two consultancy-style case projects in different application areas.
The set of courses available is subject to review in order to maintain a modern and relevant MSc programme.
Previous compulsory courses for 2017-18:
Previous optional courses for 2017-18 include:
At the end of this programme you will have:
Trained statisticians are in high demand both in public and private institutions. This programme will provide graduates with the necessary statistical skills, able to handle and analyse different forms of data, interpret the results and effectively communicate the conclusions obtained.
Graduates will have a deep knowledge of the underlying statistical principles coupled with practical experience of implementing the statistical techniques using standard software across a range of application areas, ensuring they are ideally placed for a range of different job opportunities.
The degree is also excellent preparation for further study in statistics or data science.