This course has a strong theoretical and methodological component to supplement a focus on applications of statistics to real life scientific problems. You can opt to follow pathways in medical, pharmaceutical or environmental statistics, depending on your field of interest. Graduates tend to enter careers as practising statisticians, university research assistants or go on to study for a PhD.
For each pathway, you will follow a set of compulsory modules covering core theory and methods, applied statistical modelling and practical skills in topics such as statistical computing, scientific writing, presentation and consultancy. You will also study optional modules tailored to your research interests and career aspirations. Your studies are completed with a supervised, in-depth, dissertation aimed at solving a substantive research question.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Graduates of the MSc in Statistics have an exceptional record of gaining employment in statistical roles that directly apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the course.
Graduates of the MSc in Statistics have an exceptional record of gaining employment in statistical roles that directly apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the course. Many of our recent graduates have become Medical Statisticians within Clinical Trials Units or NHS trusts (e.g. Leeds Clinical Trials Unit, Queen Mary University Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit) or researchers within University Medical Schools (e.g. Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol).
A similar proportion have gone on to work in the pharmaceutical industry either in pharmaceutical companies (e.g. AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline) or in contract research organisations (e.g. Quanticate, Phastar, Quintiles).
A substantial proportion of our graduates pursue a PhD in Statistics (e.g. Lancaster University, University of Manchester, University of Bath). Some graduates also go onto work in financial services, market research or as web analysts (e.g. Aegon, Channel 4, HMRC).
Visit the Statistics - PgDip/MSc page on the Lancaster University website for more details!