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MSc Statistics (including Financial Statistics pathway)


Course Description

Our Probability and Statistics research groups have a long-standing reputation and experience of offering this one year, high quality taught course in areas of Statistics leading to the degree of MSc.

This course offers a thorough professional training which prepares students to embark on statistical careers in a variety of areas. There is a shortage of statisticians trained to postgraduate level in the UK and the employment prospects for such people remain good. The course also provides a very good foundation for further study at PhD level.

Our newly revised MSc programme in Statistics allows students to take one of two different MSc degrees, depending on their interests and career aspirations. There is the main programme in Statistics and an associated pathway in Financial Statistics. Each is built around a common core of five units and then students study an additional set of three specialist units to make a total of eight in all.

Main Statistics pathway

Semester one
•Linear Models and Nonparametric Regression
•Statistical Computing
•Statistical Inference
•Multivariate Statistics

Semester two
•Generalized Linear Models and Survival Analysis
•Longitudinal Data Analysis
•Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)
•Design and Analysis of Experiments

This degree is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Financial Statistics pathway

This comprises a core of five course units which are common to the main course, plus three specialist course units in financial statistics.

Semester one
•Linear Models and Nonparametric Regression
•Statistical Computing
•Statistical Modelling in Finance
•Extreme Values and Financial Risk

Semester two
•Generalized Linear Models and Survival Analysis
•Longitudinal Data Analysis
•Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)
•Time Series Analysis and Financial Forecasting

This degree is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Visit the MSc Statistics (including Financial Statistics pathway) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements are a good upper second or a first class honours degree from a UK University, or the equivalent from an overseas University, in Mathematics or in a subject with some significant Mathematical content. Students should also have some knowledge of probability and statistics in their degree, at least up to what might be usually expected by the end of the second year of an undergraduate Mathematics degree. Specialist knowledge of finance for the Financial Statistics pathway is not required.

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