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Statistics, MSc, University of Sheffield

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University of Sheffield

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MScFull-time, Part-time, Distance1 - 3 yearfind outGBP 12070 per yearGBP 26350 per year
MScFull-time1 yearfind outGBP 12070 per yearfind out

About Statistics, MSc - at University of Sheffield

This course will teach you the theories behind a variety of statistical techniques, and how to apply them in scenarios that professional statisticians face every day.

You'll develop a detailed working knowledge of important statistical techniques and concepts, including linear and generalised linear modelling, Bayesian statistics, time series and machine learning. You'll learn how to analyse and draw meaningful conclusions from data, and develop your programming skills using the statistical computing software R.

This course also includes modules on how to collect data and design experiments, and the role of statistics in clinical trials.

Around one-third of the course is devoted to your dissertation. This may focus on investigating a data set, or a more theoretical or methodological topic. The aim is to give you skills to include on your CV, such as planning and researching a project, data acquisition, problem specification, analysis and reporting your findings.

Dissertation topics are often provided by external clients.

Notes about fees for this course

The fee listed is for the advertised mode of study. If you're studying for an alternative qualification or via a different mode of study (eg full-time, part-time) then the fee could be different. Due to inflation, the fee for Home students could also increase after your first year of study. Use Sheffield's fee calculator or contact the Student Fees team to check.

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Scholarships

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.

The highly prestigiousJayne Fountain Studentship sponsored by Parexel is open to UK students applying for the Statistics with Medical Applications MSc or Statistics MSc. The scholarship is worth £20,000, to cover the cost of course tuition fees and make a contribution to living costs.

Funding for postgraduate taught courses

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree, with substantial mathematical and statistical components. In particular, you should have studied the following topics and performed well in assessments on them (for example, a score of at least 60 per cent).

  • Mathematical Methods for Statistics:ideas and techniques from linear algebra, including multiple integration, differentiation, matrix algebra, the theory of quadratic forms.
  • Probability and Probability Distributions:the laws of probability and of conditional probability, the concepts of random variables and random vectors and their distributions, the methodology for calculating with them; laws of large numbers and central limit phenomena.
  • Basic Statistics: hypothesis testing; point estimation and confidence intervals; likelihood methods; linear modelling; use of statistical software, for example, R.

Before you start your MSc course, you should also read through the introductory material:

Preparing for your MSc course in Statistics

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

Entry requirements for international students

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

Other English language qualifications we accept

Pathway programme for international students

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College . This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

Postgraduate taught

Statistics

  • September 2024

This part-time distance learning programme is designed for graduates who don't have all the background knowledge for a masters degree in statistics. Students who perform well can progress on to our Statistics MSc or Statistics with Medical Applications MSc.

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