Our MSc Official Statistics was introduced in the 1999/2000 academic year. The programme is unique in that it is tailored to the advanced training needs of government statistical agencies and is built around courses that are presented as intensive one-week 'modules'.
Social Sciences is at the forefront of the development of training in research for postgraduates. All research students must attend a course on research training, which runs throughout their first year and introduces them to all aspects of the philosophy of social scientific research and to the practical aspects of conducting research. The Division is recognised by the ESRC for the receipt of research studentships, with its training classified as mode A.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is provided in our courses in survey methods and statistics. With the National Centre for Social Research, London and the University of Surrey, the Division jointly hosts the Centre for Applied Social Surveys (CASS), an ESRC resource centre. Through CASS, we contribute to a programme of short courses on survey methods aimed at a national audience, including participants from universities and organisations conducting surveys. In statistics, a distance learning package preparing students for the professional examinations of the Royal Statistical Society has been developed and attracts around 20 to 30 students each year.