To gain maximum benefit from the courses, you should take the assessements (worth 10 CATS points if you pass), allowing at least seven working days for each. Each course is taught during one week. Some follow four days of full-time study over Monday to Thursday, while others use all five days for formal teaching.
Formal teaching includes lectures, discussion sessions with the presenters, time for private study and, for certain courses, computer-based workshops. There will also be an opportunity for you to continue with private study on the Friday for the four-day courses, with access to computing and library facilities as required. The presenter will provide a feedback session on the Friday to discuss any issues arising from your private study.
Two further days will be needed to complete coursework and/or take an examination towards the end of the University semester.
The four additional days of coursework/examinations are optional, and some people may choose to just attend the formal part of the course, attending the lectures and workshops. However, CATS points will only be awarded to those who successfully complete the formal assessments. There is only one course price for the seven days of study; no discounts are available to those who only attend the formal teaching days.
Most advanced modules have prerequisites. Those taking modules for professional development (with or without CATS points) do not necessarily need to have taken the specified modules but will be required to demonstrate that they have the required skills and experience to take the module. We recommend that you study the required prerequisites.
Professional development with CATS points is the best mode for those who are interested in particular modules. You register for the modules you are interested in and undertake the specified assessment (coursework, exam, or a combination of both) with the MSc students. This allows flexibility, while ensuring that you get the most from the modules. Up to six modules (30 ECTS or 60 CATS) can be used towards the MSc if students subsequently apply. Claims for the consideration of prior certificated learning will be considered based on credit that was obtained no more than three years previously. Other institutions may also allow them to contribute towards their postgraduate courses in statistics.
All modules can be attended on a standard short-course basis without taking the formal assessment.
Typical entry requirements
Please complete the online CPD registration form in the How to apply section.
Most advanced modules have prerequisites. Those taking modules for professional development (with or without CATS points) do not necessarily need to have taken the specified modules, but they will be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to take the module. Study of the required prerequisites is recommended.
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Typical course content
Professional development: all modules can be attended on a standard short-course basis without undertaking the formal assessment.
Professional development with CATS points: this is the best mode for those who are interested in particular modules. You will register for the modules you are interested in and undertake the specified assessment (coursework, exam, or a combination of both) with the MSc students. This allows flexibility, while ensuring that you get the most from the modules. Up to four modules of CATS points can be used towards an MSc if you subsequently apply. Other institutions may also allow them to contribute towards their postgraduate courses in statistics.
European Masters in Official Statistics (EMOS)
The European Union has started a masters accreditation in official statistics. The University of Southampton’s MSc in Official Statistics has been approved, and to qualify for EMOS you need to (a) complete MOffStat; (b) complete two additional modules; and (c) write a reflective essay on a placement in a Statistical Office, which will normally be covered by your MOffStat dissertation, as long as it is on a work-related topic.
These courses may also be taken as a standalone CPD courses.
STAT6110 Official Statistics in a European Context
STAT6111 Administrative Data in Official Statistics
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