What Will You Study

Statistics help us study and overcome scientific, industrial and social problems; it supports everything from architecture and engineering to health and medicine. Develop Masters-level skills and knowledge to engage with these advanced issues and prepare for a rewarding career.

Statistics is concerned with the fundamental and advanced concepts of data handling and our statisticians become experts in data collection, analysis, and presentation. This is an engaging programme of study and our reputation for excellence in research means that we are able to offer high-quality teaching delivered by academics who are leaders in their field. Our four year integrated Masters gives you the opportunity for deeper specialisation in statistics and the chance to develop your research skills by undertaking a dissertation or industry research project.

During your first year, you will build on your previous knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Modules cover a wide range of topics from calculus, probability and statistics to logic, proofs and theorems. As well as developing your technical knowledge and statistical skills, you will also enhance your data analysis, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills.

In the second year, you will further develop your knowledge in analysis, algebra, probability and statistics. You will also be introduced to Computational Mathematics, exploring the theory and application of computation and numerical problem-solving methods. While studying these topics you will complete our Project Skills module, which provides you with the chance to enhance your research and employment skills through an individual and group project. Additionally, you will gain experience of scientific writing, and you will practise using statistical software such as R and LaTeX.

Beyond second year, we offer a wide range of specialist optional modules, allowing you to develop and drive the programme to suit your interests and guide you to a specific career pathway. In third year, you will put the skills and knowledge you have gained so far into practice as your study begins to really focus in on advanced statistics. These modules include: Likelihood Inference, Bayesian Inference, Medical Statistics, and Multivariate Statistics in Machine Learning.

In the fourth year, you will be able to widen your knowledge and skills by selecting from a pool of optional Masters-level modules. Some of these will be familiar from third year, while others will be new to this year. These advanced modules allow you to exercise what you have learnt during the programme, while expanding and evolving your statistical skill set further.

You will also complete a major research project in statistics, guided by your interests and supervised by an active researcher, or undertaken as part of a collaborative industry project. This will cement your learning, provide you with valuable experience and position you for a career in statistics or academia and research.

MSci Statistics (Study Abroad)

In addition to our MSci degree, we also offer a MSci Statistics (Study Abroad) programme. As well as studying at Lancaster, this programme allows you to spend a year gaining valuable knowledge and develop specialist skills at one of our partner institutions in North America. You will get to experience an exciting new culture, explore another country and gain insight into academic life overseas, while expanding your professional network.