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Mathematical SciencesPostgraduate study

MSc Statistics (1 year)

An MSc is generally accepted as being highly desirable for starting and developing a career in Statistics, for example as a statistical consultant in the public or private sector. Our MSc Statistics is also an excellent preparation for embarking on a PhD project in Statistics.

The 2017 QS World Rankings placed Southampton in the world top 100.  Our MSc Statistics, will give you sound masters-level training in statistical methodology, with an emphasis on practical problems arising in the context of collecting and analysing scientific data.

The programme's objectives are:

-to give you knowledge of statistical theory and methods at an advanced level
-to give you experience of applications of statistical methods
-to train you for a career as a statistician
-to enable you to develop oral and written communication skills



Introducing your degree


Our MSc Statistics 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 real world applications of statistics.

While studying for your degree, you will develop key transferrable skills, such as written and oral communication, the use of and some programming in statistical software, time management, and basic research skills.


You'll boost your analytical skills on this MSc degree, developing your understanding of statistical theory and its real life applications.


Careers: Statistics enables the type of quantitative reasoning necessary for making important advances in the sciences, such as medicine and genetics, and for making important decisions in business and public policy. As such there is a wide choice of career opportunities for well qualified statisticians, for example in banking/insurance, in the pharmaceutical industry, or in government bodies.

Part-time study: The course may be taken over 27 months, with approximately equal amounts of ECTS/CATS credits studied in each year.








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 course may be taken part time over 27 months, with approximately equal amounts of ECTS/CATS credits studied in each year.

You will be provided with training and education in a variety of techniques, methods and approaches of Statistics, and in their application to practical problems arising in different contexts. 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. This is complemented by modules on research skills, and several presentations on transferrable skills and employability by the University Careers and Employability Team. Seminars given by Statisticians working at a wide range of organisations will provide opportunities for networking.

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To Apply

University application form with references (For more information visit Online application page);

Programme Structure

Core/Compulsory modules: Statistical Theory and Linear Models; Statistical Computing; Design of Experiments; Generalised Linear Models; Bayesian Methods; Survival Analysis; Research Skills

Optional modules: e.g. Topics in Statistics (research-led); Modelling Hierarchical (Multi-level and Longitudinal) Data; Computer Intensive Statistical Methods; Multivariate Analysis; Survey Methods; Bioinformatics; Statistical Genetics

A highlight of the programme is the three-month dissertation completed over the summer, which will provide an opportunity to study a topic of your choice more deeply. There will be a broad range of statistical topics available, reflecting the diverse research areas of our staff.

Key Facts

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

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We're in the world top 100 for Statistics (QS World Rankings 2017)

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

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).

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentIT - 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 copyingIn 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:
Printing and copyingMATH6031 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

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Highfield Campus

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