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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Mathematics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit website for more details

  • Last Updated

    02 May 2017

Course content

This programme will help you develop professionally in the theory and practice of statistics and operational research (OR), providing the foundations for a successful career.

This programme will prepare you for work in areas such as the medical and health industry, government, the financial sector and any other area where modern statistical tools and OR techniques are used. You will also develop the wider skills required for solving problems, working in teams and time management.

You will be able to identify appropriate statistical or operational techniques, which can be applied to practical problems, and will acquire extensive skills in modelling using the packages R for Statistics and Arena for simulation. In addition, you will acquire the ability to use high-level applications in Excel.

Programme structure

This MSc consists of lecture-based courses and practical, lab-based courses. You will be assessed by exams, written reports, programming assignments and a dissertation project. The set of courses available is subject to review in order to maintain a modern and relevant MSc programme.

Previous compulsory courses for 2016-17:

  • Computing for Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Operational Research
  • Fundamentals of Optimization
  • Likelihood and Generalised Linear Models
  • Methodology, Modelling and Consulting Skills
  • Simulation
  • Statistical Regression Models
  • Stochastic Modelling
  • Statistical Theory or Bayesian Theory

Previous option courses for 2016-17 include:

  • The Analysis of Survival Data
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Clinical Trials
  • Computing for Operational Research and Finance
  • Credit Scoring
  • Data Analysis
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Large Scale Optimization for Data Science
  • Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition
  • Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Nonparametric Regression
  • Operational Research in the Airline Industry
  • Operational Research in Telecommunications
  • Risk Analysis
  • Stochastic Models in Biology
  • Stochastic Optimization
  • Time Series Analysis and Forecasting

Career opportunities

This programme is ideal for students who wish to apply their statistics and operational research knowledge within a wide range of sectors including the medical and health sector, government and finance. The advanced problem-solving skills you will develop will be highly prized by many employers.

Industry-based dissertation projects

The dissertation projects of approximately half the students on this programme take place in public and private sector organisations. Other students choose a University-based project.


Visit the Statistics and Operational Research - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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