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. Students who perform well on this programme can progress on to either MSc programmes in statistics.
To apply for this course, complete the University of Sheffield's online application form for alternative routes and programmes.
If you have any questions about this course, contact our postgraduate admissions office.
You can also visit us throughout the year:
Deadline for 2018 entry: Friday 17 August
Applications must be supported by two references, including an academic reference if possible. Transcripts and other necessary documentations must also be submitted before the deadline.
Meet our students
We asked some of the students on our Graduate Certificate in Statistics course to share their experiences.
|About the course||
This nine month part-time distance learning course 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 exams in June.
You will be given directed reading and exercises from standard text books. There may also be tailored course material available online. University of Sheffield lecturers will give you feedback and comments on your work, and they'll be available to discuss it with you. Around 20% of your assessment will be based on coursework, with the rest based on your final exams.
Follow the link below to see an example of how course material is delivered.
There are no formal lectures or video-casts but module tutors can help with any questions. Each module has an online forum for discussions. In general, you'll need to dedicate around 20 hours a week to your studies.
An average mark of approximately 65% will usually allow you to progress onto either our MSc Statistics or MSc Statistics with Medical Applications, 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:
For this course, we usually ask for a second class (2:1 or 2:2) degree in mathematics quantitative subject (eg, biochemistry, biomedical science, computer science, economics, medicine, engineering) and a good A Level pass in mathematics, or equivalent. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about entry requirements.
English Language Requirements
If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. We usually ask for:
You can find out whether you need to have an English language qualification, and which other English language qualifications we accept, on the University's webpages for international students.
The English Language Teaching Centre offers English language courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.
|Fees and funding||
Up-to-date fees and funding opportunities can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students. These may include scholarships for home and international students.
Can I register for the Graduate Certificate if I will also be completing another university degree course at the same time?
Is there a residential or full-time version of the Graduate Certificate?
I have a third class mathematics degree with a substantial statistics component. If I pass the Graduate Certificate will I be able to progress onto one of the the MSc courses?
I don't have A Level mathematics (or equivalent). Can I still take the Graduate Certificate?
I graduated many years ago so I am not sure how to get an academic reference.
The modules listed below are examples from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
|Mathematical Methods for Statistics||
Module leader: Dr Julia Rees
The module introduces the mathematical concepts and methods needed for such a masters course and gives training in their use. It covers ideas and techniques from real analysis and linear algebra, including multiple integration and differentiation and matrix algebra and the theory of quadratic forms.
|Probability and Probability Distributions||
Module leader: Dr Keith Harris
The module introduces the concepts of probability theory and distribution theory needed for such a masters course, and gives training in their use. It covers the laws of probability and of conditional probability, the concepts of random variables and random vectors and their distributions, and the methodology for calculating with them. It also discusses Laws of Large Numbers and Central Limit phenomena.
Module leader: Dr Sammy Rashid
The module introduces the basic concepts of statistical inference and of rational decision-making under uncertainty, and it demonstrates how they may be applied in a wide range of practical circumstances. Implementation of the methodology with appropriate software forms an integral part of the unit.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers.