MSc Statistics

MSc Statistics Programmes

Distance learning options available – find out more

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

Our Royal Statisitcal Society accredited masters programmes cover the essential theories and techniques needed for a career in statistics. You can study the subject in depth, or focus in on its applications in finance and medicine. Our MSc programmes are also a stepping stone to research at PhD level.

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.

Programme start dates (Introductory Week)

All students must be in Sheffield on the following dates:

  • Residential students: 09:30 on Monday 18th September 2017
  • Distance-learning students: 10:00 on Tuesday 19th 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 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 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 programmes, visit the following pages or e-mail

You can also visit us throughout the year:

Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

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.

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) accreditation means 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 on the RSS website.

Professional accreditation with the 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 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

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 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