You will be required to complete a substantial dissertation involving the application of the 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 thesis is a written report in the style of a report to a partner company or collaborating department. You will need to show an understanding of the application area and the purpose of the analysis. You must include exploratory data analysis and address the underlying modelling assumptions. The dissertation must consist of 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. You will also be asked to give a 15-minute presentation of your thesis, at a meeting of all Masters students and staff.