MSc Statistics

MSc Statistics Programmes

We offer two MSc programmes in statistics

  • MSc Statistics
  • MSc Statistics with Medical Applications

Our programmes cover the essential theories and techniques needed for a career in statistics. Our MSc programmes are also a stepping stone to research at PhD level. We are applying to extend our Royal Statistical Society accreditation to cover 2018 entry.

Our MSc progammes can be studied full-time as a residential student for one year or part-time by distance learning over two or three years which is ideal if you want to work whilst you study.

Distance learning options availablefind out more

How will a Sheffield MSc benefit me?

You will be trained in statistical programming in the flexible programming language R. You will gain essential professional statistical skills in demand by employers including report-writing, giving oral presentations and working collaboratively. You will get to apply commonly encountered statistical techniques, learn about modern approaches to statistical modelling and develop essential professional data analysis skills.

Gaining Royal Statistical Society (RSS) accreditation will mean that if you get a good MSc, 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

Related: Graduate Certificate in Statistics

Application process

To apply for this programme, 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.


Application deadlines for September 2018 entry

Students requiring visas:  3rd August
Students not requiring visas: 17th 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 programmes, visit the following pages or e-mail

You can also visit us throughout the year:

Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

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 or statistics degree 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. Also make sure you are familiar with the Introductory Material.

Introductory Material

If this material isn't familiar you might consider our Graduate Certificate in Statistics. If you do well on the Graduate Certificate you can progress to one of our statistics MSc programmes.

Graduate Certificate in Statistics

Email if you have any questions about our entry requirements.

International Students

The University of Sheffield International College runs a Pre-Masters programme for students who want to improve their study skills, English skills or mathematical/statistical skills. Successful completion of this Pre-Masters will allow you to study the MSc in Statistics.

University of Sheffield International College

Information for international students including English language requirements

Programme start dates (Introductory Week)

All students must be in Sheffield for the Introductory Week. It starts on the following dates:

  • Residential students: 09:30 on Monday 17th September 2018
  • Distance-learning students: 10:00 on Tuesday 18th September 2018

The Introductory Week finishes at 3pm on Friday 21st September 2018. Note that the MSc programmes are a full calendar year and so finish in mid-September.

Modules and teaching

You will be taught by a range of experienced statisticians with a diverse range of research and teaching interests.

Statistics instructors

The MSc in Statistics with Medical Applications is partly taught by staff in the School of Health and Related Research. This ensures you are taught by subject specialists with up-to-date subject knowledge of medical statistics and clinical trials.

Medical Statistics Instructors

Module titles and a breakdown of credits is given on the Programme Structure webpage.

Programme Structure

Our lectures are video-recorded so that anyone 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.

MOLE has a discussion facility allowing staff and students to post and respond to messages. Everyone gets to see the questions asked which is particularly useful for distance-learning students.

Distance learning FAQs

You will work under the guidance of a member of staff on a research dissertation. This gives you the opportunity to do further research into an area of statistics that interests you.

Dissertation Information

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018-19 are shown below. From 2018-19 onwards new incoming Home and EU students fees will increase in line with inflation for year 2 and year 3 of the program.

For EU nationals, the 2018-19 fees are:

  • £9600 for full-time students
  • £4800 per year for 2-year distance-learning students (paying the fees)
  • £3200 per year for 3-year distance-learning students

For non-EU nationals, the 2018-19 fees are:

  • £18900 for full-time students
  • £9450 per year for 2-year distance-learning students (paying the fees)
  • £6300 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