Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Applied Statistics

This 2-year, part-time MSc Applied Statistics is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and 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.

All students are initially registered on the MSc Applied Statistics. After a common first year of core modules in theoretical and applied statistics, the second year allows you to orient your programme of studies towards your own particular interests and career objectives. You select 4 modules (each running over a single term) from a range of specialist streams.

In addition to undertaking your 4 chosen option modules, you also complete a project - a sustained, independent investigation into a subject that interests you.

Entry requirements

A good upper 2nd Class degree or above, with mathematics or statistics as a main subject. Other degrees or professional qualifications may also be acceptable, such as the Birkbeck Graduate Certificate in Statistics or the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Statistical Society. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

PgCert

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.

MSc

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)
Medical Applications stream: Medical Statistics; Analysis of Dependent Data.

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.

To gain an MSc in Applied Statistics with Medical Applications, you must satisfactorily complete the compulsory modules Medical Statistics and Analysis of Dependent Data.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Part-time October 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6403