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School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science

Learn how to solve practical statistical problems and develop personal skills including presentation and time management.
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Course description

This course prepares you for a career as a statistician. You’ll learn how to solve practical statistical problems and develop personal skills including presentation and time management.

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This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society


Core modules

  • Professional Skills for Statisticians
  • Statistical Laboratory
  • Statistical Consultancy
  • Linear Models
  • Machine Learning and Time Series
  • Inference
  • Sampling, Design and Medical Statistics


There are lectures, tutorials and computing sessions. You’ll do group work, presentations and role play. Most statistics lectures are recorded so you can watch them again later.

The distance learning option is taught online with support via email and an online forum. Distance learners also come to the University for residential weeks.


You’re assessed by exams, project work and a dissertation.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-3 years part-time by distance learning

I work as a consultant with scientists in drug discovery in the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca is focused on providing innovative, effective medicines that make a real difference to patients’ lives. Discovery Statistics delivers scientific and business benefits, providing insight for decision making, reducing costs and saving time. The MSc is an essential requirement for my job.

Elizabeth Pilling
MSc Statistics, Associate Principal Statistician, Discovery Statistics, AstraZeneca

Entry requirements

We usually ask for a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, with substantial mathematical and statistical components or a pass at an equivalent level in the Graduate Certificate.

Not quite ready for a masters course yet?

We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Statistics. This nine-month, part-time course is designed for students who need extra training to qualify for one of our masters degrees. It’s taught by distance learning, so you only need to be in Sheffield for your exams in June.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

The University of Sheffield has scholarships available to support masters students. Students on our MSc Statistics course often have the costs of their degree covered by their employer.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.