You will be required to complete a substantial dissertation involving the application of statistical methodology to a substantive problem.
You will write your dissertation under the direction of a supervisor during the summer period - mid-June to mid-September. The dissertation is a written report, in the style of a report to a partner company or collaborating department. You will need to show understanding of the application area and the purpose of the analysis. You must include exploratory data analysis and the underlying modelling assumptions are addressed. The dissertation must include the application of appropriate statistical methods, report on non-elementary methods and references of sources.
Many projects are collaborative. Recent collaborations include:
- Wrightington Hospital
- Royal Lancaster Infirmary
- Leahurst Veterinary Centre
- The Department of the Environment
- Miami University
- The Christie Hospital
This component of the course carries a weighting of one-third of the total credit. The deadline for submission of the dissertation is mid-September. Each student is also required to give a 15-minute oral presentation of the work in their dissertation, at a meeting of all MSc students and staff.