The MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester is a well-established and successful course based in the Biostatistics and Genetic Epidemiology research groups in the Medical School of the University of Leicester. This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. On graduation you will be able to apply for the professional award of Graduate Statistician.
The orientation of the course is applied and vocational; it aims to produce graduates who can immediately work as medical statisticians in pharmaceutical companies, research units and the NHS.
While all necessary theory is covered, the emphasis throughout is on applying and adapting it to real-life circumstances. The central role of IT in implementing modern statistics is constantly emphasised. Students will use statistical software Stata, R, WinBUGS, MLwiN and SAS in a course dedicated computer lab.
The Core Modules
Fundamentals of Medical Statistics, Statistical Modelling, Computational Intensive Methods, Advanced Statistical Modelling, Clinical Trials and Epidemiology. Choose one optional module from Further Topics in Medical Statistics, Genetic Epidemiology and Health Technology Assessment. Plus a Research Project during the final 12 weeks of the course Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.
Modules are taught in week long blocks.
The aim of the course is to produce graduates who can immediately work as medical/bio statisticians in pharmaceutical companies, university medical schools, research units and the NHS.
We have studentships available for 2016 entry, these cover UK/EU fees and may provide living expenses, please contact the Admissions Tutor for details. Eligibility criteria apply.
What did you study before coming on the MSc at Leicester? I studied for a BSc in Mathematics at Loughborough University.
What was your impression of the quality of the MSc? The MSc is taught by active researchers meaning that every part of the course is relevant to current research.
What were the facilities like? Every student had 24 hour access to a computer. Books and other resources were easy to source in either the department or the University library so any additional information that we needed was always in arms reach.
What was your experience of the summer project? The summer project was a chance to take the lead on a piece of research and make it your own. It was very different from the taught weeks but gave us the opportunity to learn how to work as a researcher or PhD student would. I have since managed to write a research paper out of the work I did for my summer project and this has opened up further opportunities for me in the same research area.
What opportunities did the course open to you? The MSc is a well established course that has been running for around 30 years. When I first read about this I didn't think much of it but since completing the course it has quickly become apparent to me that many of the statisticians currently working in medical research, not necessarily just in England but all over the world, have also completed this course and have used it as a stepping stone to launch their careers. After finishing the MSc I was successful in being awarded a grant for a three year PhD in Leicester. As part of the PhD I have the opportunity to attend courses and conferences where I can engage in conversation with people working in a similar area to me. By establishing a common link with other researchers that have either completed the course or have heard about it due to its respectability, I have been able to make several contacts working in medical research.
How would you advise someone thinking of applying for the MSc at Leicester? Go in with an open mind. You might think you have clear aspirations about where you want to go next but the course offered me a different perspective and allowed me to re-evaluate what I wanted to do next.
What did you study before coming on the MSc at Leicester? Previously I studied BSc Mathematics at Leicester.
What was your impression of the quality of the MSc and the facilities?
I thought the MSc was of very high quality. I felt that all of the teaching was done to a very high standard and the lecturers were all very knowledgeable, easy to approach and willing to answer questions. The course was very applied and the coursework provided opportunities for putting into practice the content learnt during the lectures.
The facilities were very good. We had 24 hour access to our own computer lab where there was a sufficient number of computers for the whole course to be working at the same time. We also had our own seminar room for lectures which was located in the same building as the computer lab and across the hallway from the staff offices.
What was your experience of the summer project? Overall I really enjoyed my summer project. There was an extensive list of projects to choose from and in the end I chose a project that wasn’t even on the list. Initially I felt like 3 months was going to be a very long time to work on one project but once I got started time just seemed to fly by. I really enjoyed having the chance to focus on one project for an extended length of time. It gave me the opportunity to apply the methods I had already learnt on the course and the time to do further research into the area I was studying.
What opportunities did the course open to you? The course opened lots of job and PhD opportunities. I applied for multiple jobs, mainly in universities and a PhD. I was offered interviews for everything I applied for and in the end I decided to take a job I was offered working for the Medical Research Council in London. I have been there for over a year now and really enjoy my job. Also following completion of my summer project I had the opportunity to have some of the work published.
How would you advise someone thinking of applying for the MSc at Leicester? Anyone thinking of a career in Medical Statistics should definitely apply for the course.
Good honours degree with a background in mathematics or statistics
Recipient: University of Leicester
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