Statistical science skills are powerful tools that play a valuable role in all pure and applied sciences as well as in finance, law and marketing. The quantitative skills training provided by this MSc can lead to new and exciting opportunities in industry, medicine, government, commerce or research.
The programme takes a broad-based approach to statistics, providing up-to-date training in the major applications and an excellent balance between theory and application. It covers modern ideas in statistics including applied Bayesian methods, generalised linear modelling and object-oriented statistical computing, together with a grounding in traditional statistical theory and methods.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of a foundation module, four core modules (60 credits) four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, culminating in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and classes, some of which are dedicated to practical work. External organisations deliver technical lectures and seminars where possible. Assessment is through written examination and coursework. The research project is assessed through the dissertation and a 15-minute presentation.
Workshops running during the teaching terms provide preparation for this project and cover the communication of statistics e.g. the presentation of statistical graphs and tables.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Statistics MSc
Graduates typically enter professional employment across a broad range of industry sectors or pursue further academic study.
Recent career destinations for this degree
The Statistics MSc provides skills that are currently highly sought after. Graduates receive advanced training in methods and computational tools for data analysis that companies and research organisations value. For instance, the new directives and laws for risk assessments in the banking and insurance industries, as well as the healthcare sector, require statistical experts trained at graduate level. The large amount of data processing in various industries (known as "data deluge") also necessitates cutting-edge knowledge in statistics. As a result, our recent graduates have been offered positions as research analysts or consultants, and job opportunities in these areas are increasing.
One of the strengths of UCL Statistical Science is the breadth of expertise on offer; the research interests of staff span the full range from foundations to applications, and make important original contributions to the development of statistical science.
London provides an excellent environment in which to study statistical science, being the home of the Royal Statistical Society as well as a base for a large community of statisticians, both academic and non-academic.
Visit the Statistics (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!