MSc in Statistics
Applications for 2019 entry are now open.
Applications for the MSc in Statistics are considered in three rounds; for more information about the rounds and details on how to apply please see the main College Online Postgraduate Prospectus.
Message from the Course Director (Dr Marina Evangelou)
Statistics is a dynamic and thriving scientific discipline that has relevance in almost every area of the modern world. Statisticians work on fascinating problems at the interface where mathematics meets the natural sciences, medicine, engineering, social and political science, data science and finance, as well as being a theoretically rich and diverse discipline its own right.
This one-year, full-time programme provides outstanding training in both theoretical and applied statistics through its taught modules in the Autumn and Spring terms and its summer research projects.
The MSc distinguishes itself from other programmes at leading UK Universities through the breadth and the depth of the optional modules available and the specialised streams that it offers (see 'Programme overview' below). The variety of optional modules to choose from, allows you to develop your own specialist interests, providing depth and exposure to a diverse range of statistical applications and methods.
The course is run by the Statistics Section of the Department of Mathematics. Areas of research of the Section include statistical genetics and biostatistics, statistical methods in retail financial services, time series and signal processing, statistical theory, Bayesian methods and computation, and machine learning, with many interactions and overlaps between these areas of research. Find out more about the Statistics Section. The expertise of the members of the Section as well as the strong links of the Section with the financial and industrial sectors allow for a very wide choice of summer research projects.
A common set of core modules in the Autumn term ensures that all students obtain advanced knowledge in the fundamental areas of probability theory, statistical inference and applied and computational statistics. A large and diverse set of optional modules is offered in the Spring term, which provides the flexibility for you to develop your own specialist interests. During the Summer term, you complete a research project with a member of academic staff on a state-of-the-art research problem that suits your interests.
The general MSc in Statistics stream enables you to choose modules across a variety of topics, whereas the specialist streams focus on a specific theme (further details can be found at the links below). The formal qualification received will include the name of the specialist stream, for example: MSc Statistics (Applied Statistics).
If you are interested in applying for one of the specialisation streams, we suggest that you list it as your first choice in your application. As a limited number of places exist for each specialisation stream, unsuccessful applications for specialised streams will automatically be considered for the general MSc in Statistics (there is no need to list the general MSc in Statistics in your application unless you are only applying for the general MSc).
Our streams in Statistics provide outstanding training both in theoretical and applied statistics: