The full-time MSc is completed over a 12-month period. There are two semesters of taught material, which account for 60 ECTS credits, followed by the MSc project in summer, which accounts for 30 ECTS credits.
The programme structure allows you to select options ranging from the more theoretical aspects of Statistics, including a module on research topics, to those which cover material focussed on practical applications of Statistics in a clinical setting. This is complemented by modules on research skills, a Medical Statistics seminar series providing insight into the role of Medical Statisticians in various different careers (which also gives opportunities for networking with the speakers), and several presentations on transferrable skills by the University Careers and Employability Service Team.
View the programme specification document for this course
University application form with references (Online application here);
Core/Compulsory modules: Statistical Theory and Linear Models; Statistical Computing; Design of Experiments; Generalised Linear Models; Clinical Trials; Epidemiological Methods; Survival Analysis; Research Skills
Option modules: e.g. Bioinformatics; Statistical Genetics; Topics in Statistics (research-led); Modelling Hierarchical (Multi-level and Longitudinal) Data; Computer Intensive Statistical Methods; Multivariate Analysis; Survey Methods; Bayesian Methods
A highlight of the programme is the 3-month dissertation completed over the summer, which will provide an opportunity to study a topic of your choice more deeply. Some projects are provided by pharmaceutical companies, while others are set and supervised by Medical Statisticians at the General Hospital here in Southampton to give you first hand experience of their work. There will also be a broad range of further Statistical topics available, reflecting the diverse research areas of our staff.
Assessment: Examination, coursework, dissertation
Start date: Late September
Applying: University application form with transcripts, two references
Closing date: None, but studentships may not be available later in the application year
“Mathematics and statistics, for me, is no longer just about getting the right answer on paper. It is about safeguarding the validity and integrity of clinical trials which have a huge impact on healthcare.”Yingbo Wang - MSc Statistics with Applications in Medicine
- The 2013 QS subject world rankings places Statistics and Operational Research at Southampton 44th in the world and 5th in the UK.
- The Statistics group
Typical entry requirements
Average applications per place: 4
The usual entry requirement is at least an upper second-class honours degree from a recognised university involving units in both Mathematics and Statistics. Each application is considered on its individual merits. Motivation and relevant postgraduate experience in a Statistical environment are important factors that are taken into account.
Other qualifications can be considered, e.g. Professional Development courses provided by the Royal Statistical Society, other professional training courses in Statistics, or short courses/tutorials associated with Statistics conferences. Therefore candidates should send full details of their training in Mathematics and Statistics with their application.
IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in each component (intensive summer language course available if required).
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Typical course content
In addition to the core, compulsory and optional modules listed below, you will also be required to complete a 3-month dissertation over the summer.
Most modules consist of twenty-four or twelve 45 minute lectures, often supported by supervised practical sessions.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Equipment||Approved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.|
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||IT - Software Licences: The software required for the programme (SAS, R, Stata) is available on all public workstations on campus, and accessible from your own computer via VPN.|
|Printing and copying||In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/follow_me_print_for_students/faq.php#594|
|Printing and copying||MATH6031 Statistics Project: You will be expected to meet the costs for printing and binding 2 copies of your dissertation.
Information on Dissertation binding/costs can be found here:
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.