Statistics PgDip - 2021 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 9 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)

Course 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 an advanced understanding of them is beneficial in many careers.

Our PGDip in Statistics follows the same taught course structure as our Royal Statistical Society (RSS) accredited Masters programme, but without the dissertation component that comprises the final part of the Masters year. As with the Masters programme, the PGDip combines a blend of theoretical study with real-world application. 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.

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 ore 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. By selecting the appropriate set of these specialist modules, you can choose to follow a pathway in Medical Statistics, which will equip you for a career in the Medical or Pharmaceutical sectors. Alternatively, your selection of specialist modules can 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, stake holders and end-users.

You will be based in our purpose-built facility, the Postgraduate Statistics Centre (PSC), which is part of 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.

Course Structure

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


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.



Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £7,610 £3,805
International £16,287 £8,144

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK or international student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Related courses


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, which 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 that are designed to support and encourage you to demonstrate your knowledge and ability fully. The majority of our modules include end of year exams, and you will also undertake research projects, group work and presentations.

A student works in a study area
Students walking through a building atrium


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 exactly what is required by and from our students, to ensure they are in the strongest possible position to realise their aspirations and succeed in their chosen career.

In addition, 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 important to foster a relaxed, supportive and sociable working environment to ensure you can excel during your time with us. Our staff are approachable and accommodating, ensuring that you are recognised as an individual and supported appropriately.


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. Statistics plays a valuable role in all businesses and enterprises. As a result, a range of industries, including education, finance, forensics, health, market research, and transport, actively seek statisticians for crucial roles.

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
Students walking down a corridor