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MATH6031 Statistics Project

Module Overview

The Statistics Project gives MSc students to conduct an in-depth study, either of a particular advanced statistical methodology, or of the application of one or more methods to real applied problems. The aim is to develop skills of organising work, identifying and directing your own work and writing a comprehensive report on a major piece of work. The choice of project is determined by the student's own interests and every student will benefit from one-to-one meetings with a supervisor, usually a member of academic staff.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth cutting edge knowledge of one particular area of statistics
  • Write detailed reports on statistical work
  • Work closely with an experienced supervisor
  • Present your statstical work to a broad audience


• Carry out a substantial piece of self-directed statistical work, either applied or theoretical, under the supervision of an experienced statistician. • Give a presentation to an audience of statistics staff and students, explaining your project work • Write a dissertation explaining in detail the work done to a general statistical audience. • Develop a good working relationship with your supervisor and anybody else involved with the project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A substantial individual project, carried out under the supervision of an experienced statistician

Independent Study585
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

There will be specific resources for specific projects, as directed by the supervisor.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

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.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

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

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