Statistics (Biostatistics)
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Statistics (Biostatistics)

Develop your appreciation of statistical theory and methods and its relevance to biology and medicine.

Develop your appreciation of statistical theory and methods and its relevance to biology and medicine

Get industry recognition with an accredited degree

Complete an extensive research project exploring a state-of-the-art research problem related to biostatistics

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £20,500 Home

    • £34,350 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in statistics, mathematics, engineering, physics or computer science

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Develop and apply statistical theory and methods related to the field of biostatistics on this Master's course.

You'll examine real problems arising in biology and medicine and current trends and developments in this area of study.

You'll also carry out an independent investigation using research techniques acquired on the programme.

This will consider a state-of-the-art research problem, and is carried out alongside a member of academic staff.

Biostatistics is one of six Statistics streams available at Imperial.

You may wish to consider our General stream, or specialist streams in Applied Statistics, Data Science, Statistical Finance and Theory and Methods.



This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose three or four optional modules for a total of 20-22.5 ECTS.

You can choose a maximum of two modules each worth 7.5 ECTS.

Each module is worth 5 ECTS unless otherwise stated.

Optional modules

You'll also complete an extensive research project full-time between May and September, exploring an area of biostatistics. 

This will include an opportunity to work with a member of academic staff on a state-of-the-art research problem that suits your interests.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc in Statistics is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Graduates from accredited degrees can apply to the Royal Statistical Society for the professional award of Graduate Statistician. Graduates from non-accredited courses may also apply for this status and will be considered on an individual basis.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • Research project

  • 67% Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • 33% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Group tutorials
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Modern statistical computing skills
  • Person giving feedback
    Office hours
  • Oral presentation and assessment
  • Practical computational sessions
  • Problem classes
  • Person giving seminar
    Research seminars
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Balance of assessment


  • Modules
  • Research project

  • 67% Modules
  • 33% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
    Assessed coursework/tests
  • Papers from a written report
    Enhanced coursework assessments
  • Oral presentation
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Written project

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2024 entry.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Develop highly transferable skills that will prepare you for further study or a career using biostatistics.

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These include skills in programming, problem-solving, critical thinking, scientific writing, project work and presentation.

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Mathematics graduates at Imperial are highly sought after in a wide array of employment and research sectors.

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These include banking and finance, accountancy, education, and IT and technology.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications