Statistics

MSc

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

Overview

Data analysis and statistical models support many aspects of the modern world, from science and technology to finance and business. They allow us to overcome scientific, industrial and social problems and a Master's-level understanding of them is beneficial in many careers.

Our Royal Statistical Society (RSS) accredited Master's programme combines a blend of theoretical study with real-world application. Over the year, you will develop advanced statistical skills and knowledge, while having the opportunity to put what you learn into practice and gain valuable, real-world experience. In addition to acquiring advanced technical knowledge, you will also develop project management and communication skills. Upon graduating, you will be ideally placed to pursue a career as a statistician, confident that you can apply your analytical and programming skills in a diverse range of applications.

A carefully structured approach will enable you to develop and strengthen your essential core skills in both classical and modern statistical methods and inference before progressing to the more advanced and specialist modules. The specialist modules cover a diverse range of statistical topics reflecting both areas of Departmental research expertise and the requirements of leading employers of statisticians. You will be supported in selecting those specialist modules that best reflect your own interests and career aspirations.

Alongside the technical modules, you will undertake a module to advance key transferable skills in programming and communications. Programming, and the confident use of statistical software, enables the analysis of large and complex data sets, whilst communication is an essential skill for all statisticians, who must be able to engage in dialogue with members of the project team, stakeholders and end-users. You will be based within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics where you will have access to specialist software and equipment. You will have the opportunity to engage with academic staff members, all of whom are active statistical researchers, and to participate in departmental research colloquia and seminars should you choose to do so.

Finally, over the course of three months, you will complete a Master's-level dissertation. A statistical researcher, who will guide and support you throughout the period, will supervise this independent project. They will advise on the direction of the project, as well as contributing guidance on technical aspects of modelling, interpretation of analysis and presentation of the final report. Undertaking this dissertation will allow you to bring together and put into practice the discipline specific skills, knowledge and experience you have gained throughout the year. This will take your understanding of advanced statistics beyond classroom learning allow you to develop a working understanding of statistical methodology and build your confidence in working independently and leading the statistical direction of a project. This experience will be invaluable as you progress into a career.

Course accreditation

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Graduate Statistician status is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society to successful graduates of accredited degrees.

Learn more about the Royal Statistical Society accreditation

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a subject with a strong mathematics or statistics component.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £12,600 £6,300
International £26,985 £13,490

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Assessment

Teaching in our Department is delivered through a range of methods to create the best possible learning experience. Alongside traditional lectures, you can expect to benefit from small workshop groups. These groups are guided by tutors who are active researchers and offer you an opportunity to put what you have learnt in lectures into practice. We also run computer lab sessions focused on developing your programming and analytical skills through the use of specialist statistical software.

We utilise a range of assessment methods to support and encourage you to demonstrate your knowledge and ability fully. Most of our modules include end of year exams, and you will also undertake research projects, group work and presentations.

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Community

Studying in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, you will become part of a friendly and encouraging community. Our students and staff are passionate about the subject area, creating a supportive learning environment. The wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise within the Department enables us to understand what is required by and from our students. We use this experience to ensure you are in the strongest possible position to realise your aspirations and succeed in your chosen career. Our dedicated team of support staff provide an excellent first line support service to ensure you have a positive experience of studying with us. We believe it is vital to foster a relaxed, supportive and friendly working environment to ensure you can excel during your time with us.

Career

Statistics graduates are highly employable, having in-depth specialist knowledge and a wealth of skills. Through this degree, you will graduate with a comprehensive skill set, including data analysis and manipulation, logical thinking, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning, as well as advanced knowledge of the discipline. Also, statistics plays a valuable role in all businesses and enterprises. As a result, a range of industries seek statisticians for roles, such as education, finance, forensics, health, market research, and transport.

The starting salary for many graduate statistical roles is highly competitive, and popular career options include:

  • Assistant Statistician
  • Data Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Data Scientist
  • Statistical Officer
  • Teacher

Studying at Masters-level will further enhance your career prospects, and provides opportunities to progress further in your career.

Alternatively, you may wish to undertake postgraduate research study either at Lancaster, or elsewhere. Postgraduate research will develop your research expertise, and help you to pursue a career in research in either an academic or research setting.

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Scholarships and funding

  • Alumni loyalty scholarship

    If you have graduated with a Bachelor or Masters degree from Lancaster, we offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master's degrees. The amount of the discount depends on the results of the degree you graduate with.

  • Postgraduate loan scheme

    The UK Government offers postgraduate loans to Masters level students. A Postgraduate Master’s Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course.

  • Lancaster Masters Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a generous scholarship to Masters students who are liable for Home tuition fees.

  • Lancaster Global Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a generous scholarship to high-achieving students who are liable for International tuition fees.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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