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Statistics and Operational Research (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

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.

Compulsory courses

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

Option courses:

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!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, with a significant mathematics and statistics component.

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