Graduate Certificate

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.

Related: MSc Statistics courses


To be considered for September 2018 entry, the deadline for receipt of complete applications including all references, transcripts and other required documentation is 17th August 2018.

On-line Application form

Applications must be supported by two references, including an academic reference if possible.

Find out more

If you would like to know anything more about the course, visit the following pages or e-mail

You can also visit us throughout the year:

Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

About the programme

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.

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 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.

Entry requirements

We ask for at least a second class honours 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 if you have any questions about entry requirements.

Fees and funding

The course fees for 2018/19 entry are:

  • £3,033 for UK and EU students,
  • £3,033 for students from outside the EU

Please note from 2018/19 onwards new UK and EU students fees will increase in line with inflation for year 2 and 3 of the program.

There are various sources of funding that could help you with your postgraduate studies:

Postgraduate Student Funding Table 

In addition to the fees you should budget for the cost of several core textbooks.


You'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 Programme

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:

  • Core1 (ISBN 978-0-435519-10-0) - 1: Algebra and functions; 2: Quadratic functions; 3.1-3.3 Equations and inequalities
  • Core2 (ISBN 978-0-435519-11-7) - 8: Graphs of trigonometric functions
  • Core3 (ISBN 978-0-435519-09-4) - 3: The exponential and log functions

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:

  • Core1 (ISBN 978-0-435519-10-0) - 3.4 & 3.5: Equations and inequalities; 6: Sequences and series; 7: Differentiation; 8: Integration
  • Core2 (ISBN 978-0-435519-11-7) - 5: The binomial expansion; 7: Geometric sequences and series; 9: Differentiation; 11: Integration
  • Core3 (ISBN 978-0-435519-09-4) - 2: Functions; 8: Differentiation
  • Core4 (ISBN 978-0-435519-07-0) - 5: Vectors; 6: Integration
  • Statistics1 (ISBN 978-0-435519-12-4) - All
  • Statistics1 (ISBN 978-0-435519-13-1) - All