Graduate Certificate in Statistics
The Graduate Certificate in Statistics is ideal if you don't have all the background knowledge for a masters degree in statistics. This part-time distance learning programme runs from late September until early June, and serves as a preliminary course for two of our MSc degrees.
Students who do well enough on this course should be able to progress on to either our Statistics course or Statistics with Medical Applications course. Unfortunately, the Graduate Certificate isn't suitable for students who want to do the Statistics with Financial Mathematics course.
Related: MSc Statistics courses
To be considered for September 2017 entry, the deadline for receipt of complete applications including all references, transcripts and other required documentation is 18th August 2017.
Applications must be supported by two references, including at least one academic reference. These will be carried forward as references for entry onto your MSc.
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About the course
This nine month part-time distance learning programme covers the relevant first year undergraduate mathematics, and the relevant first and second year probability and statistical theory. You only have to be in Sheffield for the exams in early June.
You will be given directed reading and exercises from standard text books. There may also be tailored course material available online. Sheffield lecturers will give you feedback and comments on your work, and they'll be available to discuss it with you.
There are no formal lectures or video-casts but module tutors can help with any questions. Each course module has an online forum for discussions. In general, you'll need to dedicate around 20 hours a week to your studies.
We ask for a good degree in a relevant quantitative subject (eg, biomedical science, computer science, economics, business studies, medicine) and, preferably, a good performance in A Level mathematics or equivalent (for example some Open University or Royal Statistical Society modules). Email email@example.com if you have any questions about entry requirements.
Fees and funding
The course fees for 2017/18 entry are:
There are various sources of funding that could help you with your postgraduate studies:
You'll do the following modules:
Coursework contributes 20% to your final mark and exams contribute the remaining 80%. For more information about these modules, choose the Level 5 tab on our module list webpage.
An average mark of approximately 65% will usually allow you to progress onto either our Statistics or Statistics with Medical Applications course, provided you meet the University's English language requirements.
Preparing for the course
Below are three of the core texts for A Level mathematics. Next to each one chapters covering material you should be familiar with before you start the Graduate Certificate. If you are unfamiliar with any of these topics you should work on them material before you start the course. The titles are from the 'AS and A Level Modular Mathematics' series of the Edexcel exam board:
If you want to read some material before you start we recommend you look at some of these sections, which will be covered in the first half of your course: