While practically orientated, this postgraduate degree in applied statistics and financial modelling proceeds from a strong theoretical background so as to develop your ability to tackle new and non-standard problems with confidence. The mutual dependence of practice and theory is emphasised wherever possible.
The programme is ideal if you are considering a career move into statistics, or if your work already involves aspects of data collection and exploration, the interpretation of statistics, or the use of advanced stochastic modelling techniques in the area of quantitative finance.
The programme has been specially designed to meet the personal and career development needs of people who want to continue working while also studying in the evening. Many of our students, as part of their everyday work, are involved in data analysis, the interpretation of statistics, the optimal design and control of systems, and the modelling and prediction of time-dependent phenomena. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by committed, enthusiastic students from all backgrounds, careers and cultures.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Covers both theory and application of stochastic and statistical modelling techniques required to solve applied problems in industry, the public services, scientific research and commerce. Accredited by the Royal Statistical Society - graduates are normally granted Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status. Birkbeck brings together research and teaching across economics and finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies. Our teaching is informed by the needs of employers and you will be taught by academics who are professional practitioners involved in the world of economics and international finance. They provide specialist advice and in-house training for government departments, City firms and banks. Our Department houses 5 research groups, in Applied Mathematics and Finance, Econometrics and Statistical Science, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Pure Mathematics, which host visiting speakers and organise seminars. The Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics and the Commodities Finance Centre are our 2 research centres, which disseminate research, host events and house visiting academics. You will have access to a wide range of study resources, including University of London seminar programmes in probability and statistics, and excellent library facilities close by in Bloomsbury. Extensive computing facilities include PCs and UNIX platforms.
A good upper second-class degree or above, with mathematics or statistics as a main subject. Other degrees or professional qualifications may also be acceptable, such as the Birkbeck Graduate Certificate in Statistics or the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Statistical Society. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Part-time overseas students: £ 8750 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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