About this course
Develop your problem-solving skills and knowledge of statistical methods on this MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine at the University of Southampton. Learn how to collect and analyse medical data, and gain transferable skills such as research methodology and programming statistical software. Prepare for a career in medical statistics or further study at PhD level.
Medical statisticians play a vital role in healthcare, and their work informs many lifesaving medical breakthroughs. Their work includes:
- design and analysis of clinical trials for new treatments
- identifying the genes responsible for disease
- developing methodology to enable advances in personalised medicine
As a qualified medical statistician, you’ll be able to help the pharmaceutical industry tackle the challenges presented by increasingly complex patient data.
On this UK master’s course you’ll learn how to deal with these challenges through the study of clinical trials, statistical genetics and epidemiological methods.
You’ll gain advanced knowledge of statistical theory and methods. We’ll teach you how to apply those methods to solve practical problems around the collecting and analysis of medical data.
Much of the course is taught by medical statisticians, who provide data and case studies from their work at Southampton General Hospital and the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Your course leader is Professor Wei Liu. His research interests include simultaneous inference, multiple testing and sequential methods. Read Professor Liu’s staff profile to find out more about his work.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree involving units in both maths and statistics.
We also consider other qualifications, such as:
- professional development courses provided by the Royal Statistical Society
- professional training courses in statistics
- short courses or tutorials associated with statistics conferences
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests, find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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The full-time master’s course lasts for a full 12 months.
For the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll focus on the taught part of your course.
Each semester is made up of a combination of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules that we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
For the rest of the course, you’ll work independently on your research project and dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include:
- computer workshops
- case studies
- project work
We’ll assess you through:
- written exams
- a dissertation
You’ll carry out a research project on a particular area of statistics, and present your findings in a dissertation.
The project, to be agreed with your supervisor, is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject.
Some projects are provided by our pharmaceutical partners, while others are set and supervised by medical statisticians at Southampton General Hospital, allowing you to gain first-hand experience of their work.
You’ll have regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss your progress.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
With this degree you’ll be ready to move into a career as a medical statistician or clinical analyst in a variety of settings.
Our graduates have gone on to roles in:
- major pharmaceutical companies
- Medical Research Council
- university-based medical research units
- contract research organisations
- government departments
- the financial sector
During the course you’ll have the chance to meet and talk to industry guest speakers, making connections which could be useful to your future career.
You'll also be in a great position to continue your researches as a PhD student.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £19,850.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000