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MSc in Statistics with Applications to Finance

Course Description

The MSc in Statistics with Applications to Finance at the University of Leeds is a specialised degree programme enabling students from a wide range of backgrounds to both broaden their understanding of statistics and to develop an in-depth understanding of financial applications of statistics and maths.

The programme provides training in a range of statistical techniques (and transferable skills) suitable for either careers in statistical finance and related professions, or for further academic research in statistics.

The course consists of two semesters of taught modules, with the third semester devoted to a major dissertation. Modules within the course vary from mainstream topics in statistical methodology to more specialised topics in statistical finance reflecting specific research interests of academic staff within the department including stochastic financial modelling. It is also possible to take options to broaden your general statistics knowledge or branch out in to other specialisations.

Why study for an MSc in Statistics with Applications to Finance?

There is a shortage of well-qualified statisticians in the UK and other countries. Numeracy, in general, is an attribute keenly sought after by employers.

The emergence of data mining and analysis means that demand for statisticians is growing across a wide range of professions including the actuarial, betting and gaming industries, charitable organisations, commercial, and other financial sectors. The course is designed specifically to meet this demand.

Many statistical careers require people educated to masters degree level. This course is designed to build on existing mathematical skills and deepen knowledge of statistics in order for you to access a variety of professions or pursue further research as a PhD student.

Visit the MSc in Statistics with Applications to Finance page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Danfier Rivero Suarez

5022.jpg "I enjoy problem solving and love a challenge. My field of study is in statistics, and I discovered my interest in this area whilst doing my undergraduate degree, where I had my first academic experience, in the role of teaching assistant. I really enjoyed teaching statistical methods and providing support to students with statistics and mathematics.

I believe that my MSc Statistics with Applications to Finance is a challenging and rewarding course. The more I learn about statistics and finance, the more excited I become about my chosen field.

I think that studying abroad is one of the most beneficial experiences of your life. It's a great opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language and a new culture. I've found an excellent Masters course at the University of Leeds, which has a great reputation. Also, Leeds is a lovely and affordable city.

I've been really lucky to have loads of memorable experiences whilst I have been at the University. But for me, the most memorable part of my university experience so far is the international friends I have made. Finding friends like that is truly memorable.

I'd highly recommend coming to the University of Leeds to study. Regardless of the course you choose, the University provides a top notch education to prepare you for the world beyond university life and the experiences and friendships you gain whilst living in such a fantastic city will last a lifetime.

At the moment, I'm really focused on my dissertation related to financial risk management, and want to learn more about this topic. After that, I am really interested to develop my career in financial risk management."


Dean's Excellence Scholarship - 10 Awards

These awards are competitive, based on high achievement.

Value of Scholarship(s)



There are up to 10 partial-fee scholarships available worth £3,000 each. These awards are open to international candidates who have been accepted for admission onto a full-time MSc programme in the School, and who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the full international rate.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these awards at the time of application, so are not required to complete an application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

BSc (or equivalent) in a subject containing a substantial mathematical or statistical component, at 2:1 or higher

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