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Social Sciences: Social Statistics & DemographyPart of Social Sciences

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate taught programmes (MSc)

MSc Demography

We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, an upper second class honours degree or higher in any of the social sciences or geography, or in other disciplines, such as mathematics or statistics, where previous training is of particular relevance to population analysis.

MSc Social Statistics (Research Methods pathway)

We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, a second class honours degree.

Your application will be considered on its merits; motivation and some postgraduate experience in a statistical environment can be important factors.

Non-graduate qualifications, in particular the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Statistical Society, may be accepted in place of a Bachelor's degree.

Full details of previous statistical training in the form of syllabuses, reading lists and especially examination papers, are helpful in assessing your suitability for the programme.

Academic background
This pathway is suitable for social scientists with some training in statistical methods, e.g. in Geography, Psychology, Population Sciences, Sociology and Politics. Degrees in Statistics, Mathematics, etc. are also acceptable.

MSc Social Statistics (Statistics pathway)

We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, a second class honours degree involving a substantial statistical theory component as outlined below.

Your application will be considered on its merits; motivation and some postgraduate experience in a statistical environment can be important factors.

Non-graduate qualifications, in particular the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Statistical Society, may be accepted in place of a Bachelor's degree. Full details of previous statistical training in the form of syllabuses, reading lists and especially examination papers are helpful in assessing your suitability for the programme.

Academic background
This pathway is suitable for statisticians, mathematicians, econometricians, engineers and other science graduates whose training equips them to study applied statistics at graduate level. It is also suitable for social scientists with a good training in statistics.

Past students have held first degrees in subjects such as Mathematics, Economics, Statistics, and Statistics and Psychology.

The main prerequisite for the programme is a good grounding in the basic theory and methods of statistics, to the level of texts such as:

Postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD)

The normal minimum entry requirement for research students for the MPhil/PhD is a master's degree in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification.

However, applications are considered individually, and our decision to offer you a place will depend on the precise nature and level of your academic qualifications and other experience, and on our ability to supervise the proposed topic of your research.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
If you have taken the GRE please provide details of your scores under Section 6 of the Application Form as this will facilitate the processing of your application.

English language requirements

If your first language or language of education is not English, we will ask you to show evidence of fluency in the use of English. For all of our postgraduate programmes we require a level of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580 (CBT - 237, IBT - 92). For details of other English language tests which we accept, please see the International students section of our website where you will find a list of approved tests.

If you require further English language tuition before commencing your programme with us, you may apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses which are run by the Centre for Language Study.

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