This programme provides high-level training in statistics. Students learn to analyse and critically interpret data, build statistical models of real situations, and use statistical software packages.
You should have or expect to gain an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, which includes a substantial amount of statistics and mathematics. Well-qualified applicants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on merit.
Applications need to be submitted as early as possible and must include a personal statement outlining your reasons for wanting to study statistics. This should be no longer than 500 words and you are advised to be concise and clear in your statement.
Please note that the Department of Statistics requires references to be submitted with your application form from at least one person who is familiar with your academic achievements. Normally, this will be a tutor from your previous institution.
Each MSc student has an academic adviser who is available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns. The compulsory courses consolidate students' understanding of fundamental ideas in probability and statistics and introduce advanced topics. Students also choose from a range of options.
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Statistical Inference: Principles, Methods and Computation provides comprehensive coverage on some fundamental aspects of probability and statistics methods and principles. Dissertation (research option only). Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of three (two for research option) units from a range of options.
MSc Statistics (Research)
Students have the option to register for the MSc Statistics (Research) branch of the programme towards the end of the Michaelmas term. This branch is similar to the MSc Statistics nine-month programme but involves a compulsory Dissertation which replaces one unit's worth of optional courses and makes the research track a 12 month programme.
Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.
Students on this programme have excellent career prospects. Former students have taken up positions in consulting firms, banks and in the public sector. Many go on to take higher degrees. Graduates of the MSc are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status by the Royal Statistical Society.
page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!