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International Master's in Statistics/Statistics with Finance


Course Description

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/

Visit the International Master's in Statistics/Statistics with Finance page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

SMSAS Bursaries for Taught Postgraduate Students - 10 Awards

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science has established a bursary scheme to support taught postgraduate students who wish to study for one of the following courses:Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science
MSc in Applied Actuarial Science
MSc in Finance, Investment and Risk
MSc in Mathematics and its Applications
MSc in StatisticsThe school will award up to 35 bursaries of between £500 and £1500. All applicants who have accepted a place on one of the above courses will automatically be considered for a bursary. There is no need to make a separate application. Overseas/home/EU fee paying students are all eligible.There is no formal closing date but we recommend you apply for your chosen course before the end of July 2011. The selection process continues until all bursaries are awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £500 and £1500 each

Eligibility

Overseas/home/EU fee paying students are all eligible.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/IMS/postgraduate/bursaries.html


(Scholarship)

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) - 5 Awards

•GTAs are employees as well as students.
•The award-holder will undertake 96 hours of work to support the School's undergraduate teaching in mathematics and statistics.
•In addition to the 96 hours of work, the award-holder will be expected to undertake training for their teaching support role, and to act as an ambassador for the postgraduate programme, for example by attending events to talk to prospective students.
•There are opportunities for outreach and engagement with the public on Mathematics and Statistics.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The award consists of tuition fees paid at the home/EU rate and a salary of £3,387.84 per annum (20

Eligibility

•A First Class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent.
•Potential to carry out research.
•Potential to support the School's undergraduate teaching.
•Relevant work experience is valuable, but not essential.
•Preference will be given to students interested in proceeding to a research degree at the University of Kent.

Application Procedure

1.Submit a formal application to study one of the three MSc programmes named above as a full-time student in 2014/15;
2.Send an email to [email protected] with the subject heading "GTA Scholarship MSc" setting out how you meet the criteria above. Students who are already enrolled in Stage 1 of any of the International Masters programmes in Mathematics and its Applications, Statistics, or Statistics with Finance, and who will be proceeding to Stage 2 as a full-time student in 2014/15, should complete step 2 above only. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. The interview may be conducted by phone or Skype. Applications close 17 July 2014.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/smsas/postgraduate/gta.html



Entry Requirements

A good first degree (or the equivalent) in an appropriate quantitative subject. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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