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*
- 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)
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.
- 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/