MSc Statistics Courses

All three of our MSc Statistics courses are accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. For all students who pass the course, the Society accords GradStat status along with one year's relevant experience towards CStat status. All three MSc courses in Statistics provide both a practically based professional statistical training and a foundation for those wishing to pursue further research. They are all available via distance learning (2 or 3 years, part-time) as well as residential study (1 year full-time). The courses run from late September of the first year to late September of the final year of study.

Start Dates

All MSc courses start at 9am on Monday 21st Sept 2015. Both residential and distance-learning students must be in Sheffield for the whole of that week.


Why take one of our MSc courses?

In common with many other statistics MSc courses in the UK, our MSc courses cover the theory underpinning common statistical techniques and demonstrate the application of the theory. The two aspects that make our MSc courses different are:

  • the focus in the Data Analysis module on the development of professional skills including report writing; effective groupworking and presentation skills;
  • the opportunity to take a statistics MSc as a distance learner.

On the top right of this page is an article relating the experiences of an MSc student who was awarded a studentship from PSI (Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry). It is taken from the spring edition of SPIN, the newsletter from PSI.

Royal Statistical Society Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) as being of the appropriate breadth and depth to provide a foundation for a career as a professional statistician. Success on this course (achieving a second class honours or better) automatically qualifies you for the RSS Graduate Statistician (GradStat) award. This award is a stepping stone to full professional membership of the RSS and the Chartered Statistician (CStat) award. More details can be found at

Career prospects

Companies employing recent MSc graduates include

  • PRA International, Reading
  • Cooperative Insurance Services, Manchester
  • Covance, Leeds
  • Towers Watson (actuary)
  • Capita Insurance (pricing analyst)
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Parexel, Sheffield
  • AstraZeneca, Macclesfield
  • MMR Research (market research)
  • Abbott Diabetes Care

Universities employing recent MSc graduates include

  • Leeds and Warwick Clinical Trials Research Units
  • Clinical Trials Research Unit in Thailand
  • Imperial College (research assistant)
  • College of Public Health, National Taiwan University (research assistant)
  • ScHaRR, Sheffield (medical statistician)
  • Liverpool (research assistant in biostatistics)
  • PhDs in many universities

Course structure

For more information on course structure, methods of assessment and examples of dissertations titles follow the link below

More information on course structure

Information for distant learning students

For more information about the distance learning versions of our MSc courses follow the link below

More information about distance learning courses

Communication between students and staff

Many of our lectures are video-recorded so that any students who missed a lecture can catch up before the next one. Distance-learning students can see exactly what went on in the lecture.

Course material is put on our on-line system called MOLE. MOLE has the following advantages:

  • all course-related material is in one place
  • enables staff to update students regularly
  • has a discussion facility which we strongly encourage students to use (some modules get hundreds of messages posted per year)
  • both staff and students can respond to messages
  • leads to quick responses to messages
  • everyone gets to see the questions asked
  • reduces the sense of isolation that is a potential drawback of studying by distance learning

Entrance requirements for the MSc courses

Follow the link below for information about what qualifications or professional training you will need to be offered a place on one ofour MSc courses

More information about MSc entrance requirements

English language requirements

For details of English language requirements follow the link below.

English Language Requirements

MSc course fees

For EU nationals, the fees for 2015/16 are:

  • £7500 for full-time students
  • £3750 per year for 2-year distance-learning students
  • £2500 per year for 3-year distance-learning students

For non-EU nationals, the fees for 2015/16 are:

  • £16,500 for full-time students
  • £8250 per year for 2-year distance-learning students
  • £5500 per year for 3-year distance-learning students

Application deadline

The closing date for receipt of completed applications, references and supporting documents for our Statistics MSc courses is as follows:

  • MSc courses for students requiring visas - August 1st
  • MSc courses for students not requiring visas - applicants wanting to apply after August 1st should email Kevin Walters (MSc Admissions Tutor) to discuss the possibility. Applications received after August 1st without the agreement of the Admissions Tutor will not be processed.

What past and present students have to say

Follow the link below to find out what our past and present students have to say about our MSc courses

Comments from students

Frequently asked questions

Follow the link below for frequently asked questions relating to our MSc courses

Frequently asked questions

Open afternoons

If you are interested in applying for one of our MSc courses then you may want to come to one of our open afternoons. Admissions staff and current residential MSc students will be available to talk to you about the MSc courses. Follow the link below for open day dates.

Open afternoon dates

Course-specific information

Follow the links below to find out more about the three MSc courses including information on course-specific modules and which modules distance learners take in which years

MSc in Statistics

MSc in Statistics with Medical Applications

MSc in Statistics with Financial Mathematics

How to apply

Follow the link below for details of how to apply and information about what happens after you've applied

How to apply