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Statistics - MSc, PGDip (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

Providing a thorough grounding in statistical theory and techniques, the MSc course offers a launching pad for a professional career involving statistics, or a prelude to a research degree (PhD). You’ll receive practical and theoretical training in two core courses (Statistical Methods and Introduction to Statistical Practice), which is then applied in six modules of your choice.

Teaching at Master’s level places greater emphasis on practical work than at undergraduate level — this includes coursework reports and learning state-of-the-art specialised research subfields. After completing successfully the taught portion of the MSc course, students will then continue for a further ten weeks to put their knowledge into practice in the dissertation. The dissertation you will produce at the end of the course is supervised by members of our academic staff and gives you the opportunity to engage with research relevant to statistical work in both academia and industry.

Core Modules:
To complete the MSc, you will undertake a substantial project under the supervision of a Department member, and write a dissertation reporting the results. Such projects can be in any of the areas covered by the MSc, including applied statistics, statistical methodology, computational methods, probability etc. subject to the approval of the MSc Tutor.

  • Statistical Methods
  • An Introduction to Statistical Practice

Optional Modules:
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research-led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


For the nine month period from October to June, you will be engaged in attending a set of courses ranging across the spectrum of the most fundamental areas of Statistics and Probability. After completing the taught portion of the Master's you will have acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding of topics in statistical theory and practice and in probability to provide a basis for academic research or a career as a statistician.


Assessment is initially made for each module separately: some modules have an element of continuous assessment through coursework, but the majority of modules assessed through written examinations in May and June or, for some modules, January.

Your performance in the core and optional modules combined is then examined by an examinations board consisting of academic staff plus an External Examiner appointed from another university.

Dissertations are examined in the Department and then by the External Examiner. The MSc degree is awarded subject to satisfactory standard in the dissertation. Students who do outstandingly well in both taught modules and the dissertation may be awarded the MSc with Distinction or Merit.

Graduate Destinations:

The Statistics MSc training opens the way to employment in many sectors of the economy and public services including medical, health and life sciences, marketing, insurance, banking and pharmaceutical industry, quality management and analytics for business and manufacturing, national and local government. It also paves the way for a career in academic research.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (with 6.5 in all)

Department of study


Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Full time:
Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £24,640 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.