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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    12 Months

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  • Last Updated

    10 August 2017

Course content

The MSc in Medical Statistics combines in-depth training in mainstream advanced statistical modelling with a specialisation in medical applications.

This flexible degree programme allows you to blend theoretical and applied statistical disciplines, ideal for training in medical statistics. It combines compulsory and optional modules allowing you to train in a range of statistical techniques (and transferable skills) suitable for either careers in medical statistics and research-related professions, or for further academic research.

Options within the course vary from mainstream topics in statistical methodology to more specialised areas such as epidemiology and biostatistics.

You can also study this programme part time over 24 months.

If you do not meet the full academic entry requirements then you may wish to consider the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. This course is aimed at students who would like to study for a mathematics related MSc course but do not currently meet the entry requirements. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, students who meet the required performance level will be eligible for entry onto a number of related MSc courses, in the following academic year.


Accreditation from the Royal Statistical Society is pending.

Course content

The first two semesters of your course will consist of taught modules, and in the third semester you’ll devote your time to a major dissertation in statistics or a research project in applied epidemiology and biostatistics. Within each semester you have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the area of study of most interest to you.

You’ll be taught by experts from the School of Mathematics, The Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and The Clinical Trials Research Unit at Leeds, each bringing a different perspective to the subject of medical statistics.

You’ll be supervised for both your taught modules and your research project by professionals across the teaching units and you will be given the opportunity to utilise existing links with individual clinicians and medical research groups in the University of Leeds, Leeds NHS trust, and the Department of Health’s Information Centre in Leeds.

Throughout the course you’ll learn about new developments in statistics and be provided with the opportunity to undertake data analysis for a wide variety of statistical problems. You’ll build an appreciation of theoretical and practical perspectives on issues in medical statistics, whilst developing the ability to select and apply appropriate statistical methods for the analysis of medical data using suitably chosen software packages.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Clinical Trials 15 credits
  • Core Epidemiology 15 credits
  • Introduction to Modelling 15 credits
  • Statistical Computing 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Research Project 60 credits
  • Multilevel and Latent variable Modelling 15 credits
  • Professional Spine 15 credits
  • Independent Learning Skills in Epidemiology and Biostatistics 15 credits
  • Advanced Modelling Strategies 15 credits
  • Advanced Epidemiological Techniques 15 credits
  • Linear Regression and Robustness 15 credits
  • Statistical Theory 15 credits
  • Multivariate Analysis 10 credits
  • Time Series 10 credits
  • Bayesian Statistics 10 credits
  • Generalised Linear Models 10 credits
  • Introduction to Statistics and DNA 10 credits
  • Linear Regression and Robustness and Smoothing 20 credits
  • Multivariate and Cluster Analysis 15 credits
  • Time Series and Spectral Analysis 15 credits
  • Bayesian Statistics and Causality 15 credits
  • Generalised Linear and Additive Models 15 credits
  • Independent Learning and Skills Project 15 credits
  • Dissertation in Statistics 60 credits
  • Statistics and DNA 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Medical Statistics MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

This course is taught by experts from the School of Mathematics, the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Clinical Trials Research Unit at Leeds. You’ll study a mixture of modules taught by specialists in each area depending on your chosen optional modules. Teaching is done through a combination of lectures, small group workshops and a small number of practical exercises.


The taught course is primarily assessed by end-of-semester examinations with a small component of continuous assessment. The project is assessed by a written dissertation and a short oral presentation.

Career opportunities

There is a shortage of well-qualified statisticians in the UK and other countries. Numeracy, in general, is an attribute keenly sought after by employers.

The emergence of data mining and analysis means that demand for statisticians is growing across a wide range of professions - actuarial, betting and gaming industries, charitable organizations, commercial, environmental, financial, forensic and police investigation, government, market research, medical and pharmaceutical organisations. The course is designed specifically to meet this demand.

As a graduate of medical statistics you will have specialist knowledge that will help you progress your career into areas such as medical or epidemiological research. There are several aims to medical research, all of which involve a significant amount of statistics, monitoring and surveillance of health and disease, establishing causes of disease or factors associated with death or disease, detecting disease, preventing death or disease and evaluating treatments for disease. Medical statisticians looking to follow a career in medical research are mainly employed by pharmaceutical companies, university medical schools, research units and the NHS.

A medical statistician could also go into consultancy giving advice to researchers looking to set up clinical trials and needing their project to be assessed before funding is granted.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Visit the Medical Statistics MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!






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