The MSc in Statistics at the University of Leeds
is a flexible degree programme enabling students from a wide range of backgrounds to both broaden and deepen their understanding of statistics and maths. It is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and completion of the programme will qualify students for the status of 'Graduate Statistician'- the first stage towards Chartered Statistician status.
The programme provides training in a range of statistical techniques (and transferable skills) suitable for either careers in statistics and research-related professions, or for further academic research in statistics.
Options within the course vary from mainstream topics in statistical methodology to more specialised areas and reflects specific research interests of academic staff with the department - examples include statistical shape analysis, directional data, statistical genetics and stochastic financial modelling.
The course consists of two semesters of taught modules, with the third semester devoted to a major dissertation. Within each semester there is one compulsory module. However, students tailor the course to meet their individual needs through selection of a further three modules from a variety of options. This selection means a student can specialise in biological or financial applications of statistics or retain a broad base of statistical expertise.
Why study for an MSc in Statistics?
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 organisations, commercial, environmental, financial, forensic and police investigation, government, market research, medical and pharmaceutical organisations. The course is designed specifically to meet this demand.
Many statistical careers require people educated to masters degree level. This course is designed to build on existing mathematical skills and deepen knowledge of statistics in order for you to access a variety of professions or pursue further research as a PhD student.
BSc (or equivalent) in a subject containing a substantial mathematical or statistical component, at 2:1 or higher