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Rebecca Haslam MSc Official Statistics

DASA Statistical Methodology Group

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The MSc has widened my knowledge considerably and has given me new ideas to apply to my work in DASA.

Q: Why did you choose to undertake your studies at the University of Southampton?

When I first began work in the Government Statistical Service, my undergraduate degree in music meant that I had a limited statistical background. After six months, I decided to apply for the MSc Official Statistics, with the aim of increasing my knowledge and awareness of the subject matter. Having started the MSc, I have realised what an invaluable experience it provides and I am certain that this will enhance my future career prospects.

Q: How did you find the course?

The course covers a vast array of statistical subjects, all of which are taught by leading experts in the field. Many of the courses include some teaching by GSS statisticians, which helps to gain an understanding of how the theoretical aspects apply in the working environment. The MSc has widened my knowledge considerably and has given me new ideas to apply to my work in DASA.

I have found one of the many benefits of the course to be the amount of choice given to students, both in terms of which modules you choose to take and how many you complete each year. This flexibility has made it possible for me to attend courses I find interesting and that are work-related. Each module is taught intensively over a week. I find this layout suits me really well because it means that everything covered is at the forefront of my mind when it comes to the assessment, and it gives an excellent opportunity to build a rapport with other GSS statisticians. The small class sizes enable discussions among the students and one-on-one assistance from the lecturers if necessary.

Q: What do you feel you have achieved as a result of studying at the University of Southampton?

Although a lot of dedication and hard work is required in taking the MSc, I believe it is thoroughly worthwhile – both in the short term for gaining new ideas to apply in the workplace, and in the longer term for personal development and career progression.

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