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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University application form with references (For more information visit Online application page);
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.
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
Typical entry requirements
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
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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
|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.