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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 specially designed for those working with official statistics, with a one-week course format and many specialist topics closely aligned with the procedures for measurement and evaluation in government and related organisations. Successful completion will strengthen your abilities and enhance your career as a government statistician.


The programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to the conduct of professional statistical work in government. The primary target audience comprises those currently employed in the UK government statistical services or equivalent organisations overseas.

Through part-time study, the programme aims to strengthen and update your professional skills and knowledge. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside government and the programme provides relevant training for professional positions in a wide range of organisations conducting large-scale statistical work.

View the programme specification document for this course

Visit the Official Statistics - MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the University of Southampton website for more details!




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