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MSc in Statistics

Course Description

The MSc in Statistics aims to train professional statisticians for posts in industry, government, research and teaching. It also provides a suitable preparation for careers in other fields requiring a strong statistical background.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

- 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.

- Accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/166/statistics

Course Outline

The programme, which has recently been updated, trains professional statisticians for posts in industry, government, research and teaching. It provides a suitable preparation for careers in other fields requiring a strong statistical background. Core modules give a thorough grounding in modern statistical methods and there is the opportunity to choose additional topics to study.

Format and assessment

You undertake a substantial project in statistics, 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 programme includes training in the computer language R.


- Stochastic Processes and Time Series (15 credits)
- Stochastic Models in Ecology and Medicine (15 credits)
- Analysis of Large Data Sets (15 credits)
- Practical Statistics and Computing (15 credits)
- Computational Statistics (15 credits)
- Project (60 credits)
- Probability and Classical Inference (15 credits)
- Advanced Regression Modelling (15 credits)
- Bayesian Statistics (15 credits)
- Principles of Data Collection (15 credits)

Assessment is through coursework and formal examinations.


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

Visit the MSc in Statistics page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr Ismini Charalambous

I chose to study here because I live in Canterbury so it was convenient, and I knew that SMSAS is very good for Statistics.

I like the environment and the facilities: it's a friendly environment, with well organised computer facilities, and plenty of opportunities for socialising and studying. I like the fact that I can go to my classes on foot.

The course is very interesting and useful. I like the assessments that are assigned to me, they are very interesting. I hope that after graduation I'll be able to change career, this is the reason why I chose the MSc in Statistics programme.


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


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

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application

Further Information



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


•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



Kent Bursaries - 20+ Awards

Bursaries are £10,000 each for study on a taught Master's degree programme at the University of Kent. It does not need to be repaid. Bursaries can be for full or part-time study (over a maximum of two years);
The bursary will contribute to the cost of tuition fees for the Master’s degree and any associated University charges (ie accommodation fees) with any balance awarded as a maintenance grant;Students must register for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent (i.e. for an LLM, MA, MSc) in September 2015.Bursaries will be distributed in accordance with the following priorit:-
- students satisfy the eligibility criteria (below);
- student have a First or 2.1 undergraduate degree classification;
- the date that all conditions of the offer are satisfiedIt is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary data has been submitted and conditions of offer are satisfied as soon as possible;The bursary cannot be held in conjunction with other funding except in exceptional circumstances and will not be awarded with any other funding from the University of Kent, for example the Alumni Loyalty Discount or Graduate School Scholarship.The University will aim to make allocations by mid-July 2015. Eligibility criteria

If you qualified for support under the Kent Financial Support Package then it is likely that you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Support Scheme. This criteria will be refined once further information is published by HEFCE:

Applicants must:
•Be a “Home” fee paying and a UK permanent resident;
•Have completed a three-year undergraduate degree, started in 2012 and finished in 2015;
•Have paid, or be responsible for repaying to Student Loans Company, the higher rate tuition fees in full;
•Have achieved a First or a 2.1;
•Have satisfied and demonstrated certain socio-economic criteria, to include either 1 or 2 below: 1. a household income of £42,620 or lower, andeithera) a family home postcode in an area of low participation in higher education (ie likely to have satisfied the current criteria for Kent’s Financial Support Scheme),
b) currently be in receipt of a Disabled Students’ Allowance,2. be a care leaver; •Have made an application and been admitted for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent’s Medway or Canterbury campuses or for a split-site programme at one of our European sites at Brussels, Paris or Rome
•Register for a taught Master’s degree programme at the University of Kent in September 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Details of eligibility are not yet finalised, but the information below provides key details about the scheme, an indication of who may be eligible and how the bursaries will be allocated. Further information will be published as it becomes available from HEFCE.

Application Procedure

Application process is online:
•Before you can be considered for a bursary you must make an application for an eligible taught postgraduate programme at the University of Kent, and be offered a place
•Consideration for a bursary will be dependent on the degree application and you are urged to make an application for a place to study as soon as possible. Further information about the scheme and the selection processes will be made available as they are agreed and it is recommended that you check this page regularly for updates. Please note: When making an application, please note you must use your family/parental address and postcode in order for us to confirm your eligibility

The information given on these web pages is correct at the time of publishing. The University reserves the right to modify or cancel any statements and accepts no responsibility for the consequences of any such changes.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An applicant should hold a 2(ii) or better Honours Bachelor degree with the equivalent of at least one year of mathematics at undergraduate level from an accredited UK institution or equivalent. There are English language requirements for international students. English Language requirements: View Website

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