MSc Statistics

MSc Statistics courses

Distance learning options available – find out more

  • Statistics
  • Statistics with Financial Mathematics
  • Statistics with Medical Applications

These three accredited masters courses cover the essential theories and techniques needed for professional career in statistics. You can study the subject in depth, or focus in on its applications in finance and medicine. Our MSc courses can also be a stepping stone to further research at PhD level.

Course start dates (Introductory Week)

All students must be in Sheffield on the following dates:

  • 09:30 on Monday 18th September 2017

The Introductory Week finishes at 3pm on Friday 22nd September 2017. Note that the MSc programmes are a full calendar year and so finish in mid-September.

Related: Graduate Certificate in Statistics

Application process

To apply for this course, complete the online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

You can find more information on the application process, including important details of documents you need to include with your application, on the following webpage.

MSc Statistics: Applying

Application deadlines for September 2017 entry

Students requiring visas: 4th August
Students not requiring visas: 18th August

Complete applications (including references, transcripts and certificates) must be submitted by the dates above.

Find out more

If you would like to know anything more about the course, visit the following pages or e-mail postgrad-stats@sheffield.ac.uk.

You can also visit us throughout the year:

Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

About the courses

Our MSc Statistics courses cover the theories behind statistics and teach your how to apply them, either generally or specifically in the fields of finance and medicine. On all three degrees, you can practice statistical techniques and modelling, and develop professional data analysis skills such as group working, report writing and presentation.

These courses are accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) as to provide a solid foundation for a career as a professional statistician. If you get a second class degree or better, you automatically qualify 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. Find out more on the RSS website.

Professional accreditation with RSS

Entry requirements

Our MSc entry requirements are a good degree with a substantial mathematical and statistical component. For UK applicants we ask for a 2.1 degree. UK applicants with high 2:2 degrees will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requirements for overseas applicants depend on the grading system used.

If you don't have a mathematics background try the three exam papers on the right of this page. To be ready for the MSc courses you should be able to answer most of these questions with a little revision. If this material isn't familiar you should consider our Graduate Certificate in Statistics programme. If you do well on the Graduate Certificate you can progress to the Statistics or Statistics with Medical Application MSc course.

In addition, for Statistics with Financial Mathematics, we ask for:

  • a strong performance in modules comprising an analysis-type treatment of continuity and integration, limits and convergence of sequences
  • preferably, exposure to measure theory and stochastic processes (or at least Markov chains)

There is an additional paper on the right to assess your readiness for the MSc in Statistics with Financial Mathematics.

Introductory material | Graduate Certificate in Statistics

Email postgrad-maths@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any questions about our entry requirements.

English language requirements are given on our webpage for international students:

International students

Modules and teaching

Our MSc Statistics courses can be taken as a one year full-time course or as a two or three year part-time distance learning course.

There is a mixture of continually assessed courses and lecture course. Module titles and a breakdown of credits is given on the course structure webpage.

Course structure

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 online system, MOLE. This 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.

Distance learning FAQs

Fees and funding

Fees for 2017-18 are shown below.

For EU nationals, the 2017-18 fees are:

  • £8500 for full-time students
  • £4250 per year for 2-year distance-learning students (paying the fees)
  • £2830 per year for 3-year distance-learning students

For non-EU nationals, the 2017-18 fees are:

  • £18,000 for full-time students
  • £9000 per year for 2-year distance-learning students (paying the fees)
  • £6000 per year for 3-year distance-learning students

More information about fees can be found on the University's postgraduate webpages:

Postgraduate taught course fees and funding

There are various sources of funding that could help you with your postgraduate studies, and for international students there are a number of scholarships available:

Postgraduate Student Funding Table | Scholarships for international students