MSc Statistics Courses

All of our 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).

Entrance requirements

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English language requirements

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Kristen_msc_roomWhy take one of our MSc courses?

Our MSc courses cover the theory underpinning common frequentist and Bayesian statistical techniques and demonstrate the application of the theory.Additionally you will develop professional skills including report writing; effective group-working and presentation skills. There is a high demand from employers for this combination of statistical and professional skills.

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

All of our statistics MSc courses are 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. Students passing our MSc courses are awarded Graduate Statistician status along with one year's relevant experience towards Chartered Statistician status:

Career prospects

Companies employing recent MSc graduates include

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

Universities employing recent MSc graduates include

  • Leeds, Birmingham 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)

Course structure

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

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Information for distance-learning students

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Communication between students and staff

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

Course material is housed on our on-line system called MOLE. MOLE enables staff to update students regularly and has a discussion facility allowing both staff and students to post and respond to messages. Using MOLE ensures everyone gets to see the questions asked and reduces the sense of isolation that can be a potential drawback of studying by distance learning for some people.

MSc course fees for 2016/17

For EU nationals, the fees are:

  • £8000 for full-time students
  • £4000 per year for 2-year distance-learning students
  • £2665 per year for 3-year distance-learning students

For non-EU nationals, the fees are:

  • £17,250 for full-time students
  • £8625 per year for 2-year distance-learning students
  • £5750 per year for 3-year distance-learning students

Application deadline

The closing dates for receipt of completed applications, references and supporting documents for our Statistics MSc courses are:

  • MSc courses for students requiring visas - August 1st
  • MSc courses for students not requiring visas - August 15th

What past and present students have to say

Student testimonials

Open afternoons

We have 2 open afternoons each year. 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.

Start/Finish Dates

All MSc courses start at 9am on Monday 19th Sept 2016. Both residential and distance-learning students must be in Sheffield for the whole of that week. Courses finish in late September after the dissertation has been submitted.

Open afternoon dates

Course-specific information

The links below provide course-specific modules and course structure for distance-learners

MSc in Statistics

MSc in Statistics with Medical Applications

MSc in Statistics with Financial Mathematics

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

How to apply

The link below provides information about the application process and how to apply

Information about the application process