University of Reading

University of Reading


This programme seeks to train students in the application of statistics in the life sciences so that they may successfully carry out the role of a professional statistician in the areas of ecology; biology; medicine and drug development.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in statistics or mathematics.

Course modules

Core modules: data analysis; sampling methods; multivariate analysis; practical bayesian data analysis; linear models; study design; generalised linear models; modelling structured data and statistical computing. In addition there is a range of applied modules in clinical trials; time to event analysis; statistical genetics; epidemiology & public health.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Studentships available from EPSRC, BBSRC, and MRC for UK and EU students; industrial studentships available from Glaxo SmithKline, Pfizer, and Amgen.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

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0118 378 5289