The programme trains students from a variety of academic backgrounds to work as statisticians in various sectors including higher education, research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, central government and national health services. It provides training in the theory and practice of statistics with special reference to clinical trials, epidemiology and clinical or laboratory research.
There is a shortage of well-trained medical statisticians and graduates from this course are in high demand. Graduate typically pursue careers in medical and epidemiological research, the pharmaceutical industry and various governmental institutions.
The Andrew Hewett Prize is founded in memory of Andrew Hewett, an alumnus of the School, and awarded to the best student on the programme.
Duration: one year full-time; half-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
- Programme specification (pdf)
- Intercalating this programme
Watch staff and students talk about the programme.
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"Obtaining this Master's at the School has put me in a position where I can choose a job I really feel I would enjoy, opening up a huge amount of possibilities."
By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- select appropriate study designs to address questions of medical relevance
- select and apply appropriate statistical techniques for managing common types of medical data
- use various software packages for statistical analysis and data management
- interpret the results of statistical analyses and critically evaluate the use of statistics in the medical literature
- communicate effectively with statisticians and the wider medical community, in writing and orally through presentation of results of statistical analyses
- explore current and anticipated developments in medical statistics
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
- View module specifications
All students take five compulsory modules:
- Foundations of Medical Statistics
- Introduction to Statistical Computing (Stata/SAS/R)
- Clinical Trials
- Basic Epidemiology
- Robust Statistical Methods
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.
- Generalised Linear Models (compulsory)
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory)
- Analysis of Hierarchical & Other Dependent Data*
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
- Social Epidemiology
- Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics (compulsory)
- Advanced Statistical Modelling*
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project, for submission by early September. This usually consists of analysing a set of data and writing a report, but methodological research can also be undertaken.
How to Apply
Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.
The final closing date for taught Master's applications is as follows:
- 31 July 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
- 21 August 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
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Do you need a visa?
If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.
For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.
Students from outside the EEA
All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.
If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.
If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.
- Visit the School's UK immigration & visa section for more information
Still unsure on whether you need a visa?
- Answer a few questions and see if you need a visa