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Course content

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 expertise spans topics including: biostatistics and statistical genetics; environmental statistics; statistical methodology; statistical modelling and the scholarship of learning and teaching in statistics.
  • The research group has strong connections with environmental agencies such as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Environment Agency in England and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  • These collaborations have led to research secondments for postgraduate students, and other opportunities have seen students travelling abroad to work with high-profile scientific groups such as the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation in Australia.
  • Our Statistics MSc programmes benefit from close links lecturers have with industry and non-governmental organisations such as NHS and SEPA.
  • You will be equipped with the skills needed to begin a career as a professional statistician; previous study of statistics is not required.

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.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

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.


Visit the Environmental Statistics (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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