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Masters Degrees

We offer taught postgraduate qualifications in a variety of statistical and related fields. Funding is available through bursaries and loans.

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The Statistics MSc serves to prepare students for particular career options and reflect the diverse research expertise within the department. The courses offer optional pathways in medical, pharmaceutical and environmental statistics. Covering the most up to date statistical methods and providing a grounding in substantive theory, these courses are suitable for those with a background in mathematics or statistics. We offer both full-time and part-time study options.

Data Science

Data Science is the systematic study of information. Data scientists work with others by taking an initial research or business question and gathering data, from a range of sources, and performing analyses to provide insight and to inform decision making.

A vital component of this course is an industry placement, allowing you to work on a real-life Data Science project.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Computing and Communication administer this course. Different masters schemes allow for specialism and can be chosen to reflect your academic background and career aspiration.

We have several fee waiver scholarships available for this programme.

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Quantitative Finance

Lancaster University Management School and the Faculty of Science and Technology collaboratively deliver this interdisciplinary programme. It offers graduates from quantitative degrees a route into careers in the areas of banking or finance. On this programme, you will acquire and apply advanced analytical and technical skills to the analysis of risk and return in a range of financial institutions and corporations. There is a strong focus on computer-based financial information within the core courses, and the opportunity to specialise in particular interests through the optional modules.


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:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • AstraZeneca
  • 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.

Career destinations

Graduates of the MSc in Statistics have an exceptional record of gaining employment in statistical roles that directly apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the course. Many of our recent graduates have become Medical Statisticians within Clinical Trials Units or NHS trusts (e.g. Leeds Clinical Trials Unit, Queen Mary University Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit) or researchers within University Medical Schools (e.g. Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol). A similar proportion has gone on to work in the pharmaceutical industry either in pharmaceutical companies (e.g. AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline) or in contract research organisations (e.g. Quanticate, Phastar, Quintiles). A substantial proportion of our graduates pursue a PhD in Statistics (e.g. Lancaster University, University of Manchester, University of Bath). Some graduates also go onto work in financial services, market research or as web analysts (e.g. Aegon, Channel 4, HMRC).

20% PhD in Statistics or Medical Statistics
30% Medical Statistician/Research Associate in CTU, NHS trust or University
30% Statistician in pharmaceutical company or contract research organisation
15% Analyst in Financial or commercial industries
5% Other, e.g. Teacher training

Funded Masters by Research

Are you interested in being paid to research? The Lancaster-based Centre for Global Eco-Innovation runs funded Masters and PhD projects in cooperation with local and national businesses. Each company will have a unique project for you to work on, and your research will be monitored and assessed by Lancaster University.

CGE Masters by Research Degrees
Celebrating 20 Years

Celebrating 20 Years

We are happy to be celebrating the twentieth birthday of our Statistics MSc degree. Originally started in the academic year 2000-2002, 2019-2020 will mark twenty years of excellence in Postgraduate Statistics education and training.

Key Contacts

Robin Mitra

Dr Robin Mitra

Lecturer in Statistics

DSI - Foundations, Medical and Social Statistics, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 593913