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MSc Medical Statistics

Course Description

The Medical Statistics course is 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.

The programme combines taught modules with a summer project, supervised between the teaching units and utilising 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.

The course covers modern developments in maths and statistics and provides the opportunity to undertake data analysis for a wide variety of statistical problems. It aims to 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.

Subjects studied may include; Introduction to Clinical Trials; Statistical Computing; Core Epidemiology; Introduction to Modelling; Linear Regression and Robustness; Generalised Linear Models and Survival Analysis; Time Series and Spectral Analysis

An MSc is the standard entry qualification for statistical careers in many medical and pharmaceutical areas. There are strong career opportunities in both government (NHS) and private sectors; statisticians are essential in medical/pharmaceutical research, in routine monitoring of health issues, and in understanding the changing population that needs medical attention.

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

Student Profiles

Dean's Excellence Scholarship - 10 Awards

These awards are competitive, based on high achievement.

Value of Scholarship(s)



There are up to 10 partial-fee scholarships available worth £3,000 each. These awards are open to international candidates who have been accepted for admission onto a full-time MSc programme in the School, and who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the full international rate.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these awards at the time of application, so are not required to complete an application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent in a first degree that includes mathematics and statistics. No background in medicine is required.

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