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Official Statistics MSc/PGDip/PGCert


University of Southampton Faculty of Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September PgDip, PgCert, MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

The MSc programme has been developed jointly by the University of Southampton and the UK Government Statistical Service (GSS) to cover the core skills and knowledge needed by professional government statisticians. Both the GSS Human Resource Committee and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Human Resource Committee have given their full backing and support for the programme.

The programme can be taken full-time or on a part-time basis by those working full-time in the field of government statistics or a related area.

Introducing your course

Are you interested in using statistics to help manage the world? Boost your skills and update your professional knowledge in Official Statistics with the MSc in Official Statistics at the University of Southampton. This masters degree is

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Entry Requirements

It is normally expected that you will have the equivalent of at least a second-class honours degree, with some exposure to statistical methods (eg in geography, psychology, population sciences, economics/econometrics, statistics, mathematics), and that you will usually be employed in the area of official statistics. In some circumstances, previous relevant professional experience will be taken into consideration.

Students who have a degree with no statistical content will be required to show that they have the necessary background knowledge to the level of the Royal Statistical Society Higher Certificate in Statistics.


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Student Profile(s)

Ruth Studley

MSc Official Statistics 2006, Deputy Director for Rural Economy and Legislation, Welsh Government: “The facilities at Southampton were excellent and the structure of the degree course meant that I was able to learn while continuing to work.”


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