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 parttime distance learning programme runs from late September until early June, and serves as a preliminary programme for two of our MSc degrees.
Students who perform well on this programme can progress on to either our Statistics MSc or Statistics with Medical Applications MSc. Unfortunately, the Graduate Certificate isn't suitable for students who want to study the Statistics with Financial Mathematics MSc.
Related: MSc Statistics courses
ApplyingTo 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 an academic reference if possible. 
Find out moreIf you would like to know anything more about the course, visit the following pages or email postgradstats@sheffield.ac.uk. You can also visit us throughout the year: 
About the programmeThis nine month parttime 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. Follow the link below to see an example of how the Graduate Certificate material is delivered. Example of Graduate Certificate delivery There are no formal lectures or videocasts 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. Entry requirementsWe ask for at least a second class degree in a quantitative subject (eg, biochemistry, biomedical science, computer science, economics, medicine, engineering) and a good A Level pass in mathematics or equivalent. Email postgradmaths@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any questions about entry requirements. Fees and fundingThe course fees for 2017/18 entry are:
There are various sources of funding that could help you with your postgraduate studies: Postgraduate Student Funding Table  Scholarships for international students In addition to the fees you should budget for the cost of several core textbooks. 
ModulesYou'll take the following modules:
Coursework contributes 20% and exams 80% to your final mark. An average mark of approximately 65% will usually allow you to progress onto either our Statistics or Statistics with Medical Applications MSc, provided you meet the University's English language requirements. 
Preparing for the ProgrammeBelow 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:
