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Statistics, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #131 (QS) ,
Statistics degree offered at Lancaster University will allow you to overcome scientific, industrial and social problems and a Masters-level understanding of them is beneficial in many careers.


Course Overview

Statistics degree offered at Lancaster University will provide you a strong foundation for Masters-level study in statistics, you will gain key practical skills using software, including R and SAS. Your scientific writing abilities will also be enhanced as we help you to present rigorous, written mathematical arguments, and develop your understanding of scientific papers. Oral presentations will also allow you to put your public speaking skills into practice, specifically in the context of presenting summaries of papers.

As well as providing the fundamental foundations for other aspects of the programme, this module will also equip you with valuable professional skills and experience that will help you to achieve your career aspirations.

Your learning and research will be further supported through our seminar series. You have the opportunity to attend weekly statistics and probability seminars, to learn about a specialist area of each discipline. Each week the seminars will be delivered by a leading academic, either from Lancaster or a special guest from another institution. You choose which ones you attend, selecting those most appropriate to your study, or areas you have a personal interest in.


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. In addition, statistics plays a valuable role in all businesses and enterprises. As a result, statisticians are sought after in a range of industries, such as education, finance, forensics, health, market research, and transport.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

    • Bayesian Inference

    • Statistics in Practice

    • Likelihood Inference

    • Generalised Linear Models

    • Computational Intensive Methods 

    • Masters Dissertation

    • Genomics: technologies and data analysis

    • Extreme Value Theory

    • Clinical Trials

    • Principles of Epidemiology

    • Longitudinal Data Analysis

    • Pharmacological Modelling

    • Survival and Event History Analysis

    • Adaptive and Bayesian methods in clinical research

    • Environmental Epidemiology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Entry requirements: Second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a subject with a strong Mathematics or Statistics component. Conversion modules are available.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    20500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part Time (per year): UK/EU £4,750

Living costs for Lancaster

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Medical Research Council (MRC) MSc Statistics Studentships

For the 2015-16 entry to study on the MSc in Statistics, there are 3 NIHR studentships available to UK/EU applicants and 4 MRC studentships available to UK applicants. These studentships cover course fees as well as providing a tax-free stipend of at least £13,863 to cover living expenses.

All eligible applicants will be considered for the funding. Successful candidates will typically have attained, or will expect to attain, a 1st class or high 2.1 honours degree in Mathematics, Statistics or a closely related discipline and will have demonstrated a keen interest in working in Medical Statistics both during and beyond their Masters study.

Whilst there is no formal closing date for applications, it is advisable to apply early in the year and by the end of March. A series of open/interview days are to be held during February to April.

Faculty Bursaries

There is £12,000 of Faculty of Science & Technology funding available for students studying the MSc in Statistics in 2015-16 which will provide individual bursaries of up to £3000. This funding is available to UK, EU and overseas students and will be awarded on academic merit.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Funding

Funding for study on the MSc in Quantitative Methods is available as part of a 1 + 3 (MSc followed by PhD) programme within the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre. Interested students should contact a potential supervisor to discuss and formulate a project. For more details visit the North West Doctoral Training Centre pages. For additional information on PhD study in the department visit the Research Degrees page.

Other Funding Sources

Peel Trust Studentships are available for the support of prospective or current Lancaster University students. The award is based on academic merit and financial hardship and is up to an individual maximum of £2500. UK applicants may also wish to consider a Professional and Career Development Loan.

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