Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Applied Statistics

This programme has been specially designed to meet the personal and career development needs of people who want to continue working, or gain valuable interning experience, while also studying in the evening. Many of our students, as part of their everyday work, are involved in data analysis, the interpretation of statistics, the optimal design and control of systems, and the modelling and prediction of time-dependent phenomena. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom, and you'll find yourself surrounded by committed, enthusiastic students from all backgrounds, careers and cultures. This programme is ideal if you are considering a career move into statistics, or if your work already involves aspects of data collection and exploration, the interpretation of statistics, or the modelling and forecasting of time-dependent phenomena. Over 2 years, in lectures and practical computing sessions, the course covers both the theory and the application of modern statistical and mathematical modelling techniques to applied problems in industry, public services, commerce and research. The programme proceeds from a strong theoretical background, but it is practically oriented, in order to develop your ability to tackle new and non-standard problems confidently. The mutual dependence of practice and theory is emphasised throughout the course.

Course modules

Year 1 You take 2 core modules. These cover: probability and distribution theory; statistical inference; Markov Chains; introductory time series and forecasting; multiple linear regression; generalised linear modelling; experimental design. You will apply the theory and principles that you learn to the analysis and modelling of data in a wide range of contexts and gain experience in the use of a statistical package such as R. The first year corresponds to the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Statistics. Year 2 Normally, you choose 4 modules worth 15 credits each, offered from the broad areas of: Further applied statistics (e.g. topics in Bayesian statistics, advanced multivariate analysis, computational statistics) Operational research (e.g. topics in optimisation, forecasting and stochastic methods of operational research) You also complete a project (60 credits): a sustained, independent investigation involving the application of statistical techniques to a specific problem. To gain an MSc in Applied Statistics and Operational Research, you must satisfactorily complete the compulsory modules in Operational Research.

Assessment methods

Written examinations in May/June, assessed coursework throughout both years and a project to be completed by 1 September at the end of the second year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,375 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
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