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Statistics (MSc) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • P-G4P1
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Available as an MSc, Warwick's Statistics course aims to cover topics most relevant to a career as a professional statistician. Your training will open the way to employment in many sectors, including marketing, insurance, banking and pharmaceutical industry.

Providing a thorough grounding in statistical theory and techniques, this 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 through two core modules, which is then applied in six optional 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 course, you will continue for a further ten weeks to put your knowledge into practice through a dissertation.

Core Modules

  • Statistical Methods
  • An Introduction to Statistical Practice
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Advanced Topics in Data Science
  • Statistical Learning and Big Data
  • Multivariate Statistics with Advanced Topics
  • Designed Experiments with Advanced Topics
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Applied Stochastic Processes with Advanced Topics
  • Financial Time Series
  • Medical Statistics with Advanced Topics
  • Bayesian Forecasting and Intervention with Advanced Topics
  • Statistical Genetics with Advanced Topics
  • Data Mining
  • Risk Theory
  • Statistical Frontiers


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 and taught modules. Students who do outstandingly well in both taught modules and the dissertation may be awarded the MSc with Distinction or Merit.

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Statistics, Mathematics or a science with sufficiently high mathematical content

English language requirements Band A
No score lower than 6.0 in all IELTS fields with a total score of 6.5 minimum

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


A maximum of two Department of Statistics bursaries are available for entry in October 2021. The bursaries will pay fees at the 2021/2022 Home rate of £9,460 and a maintenance grant of £9,000^.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers distributed worldwide including companies such as: Aimia; Thomas Miller; DeLoitte as well as international pharmaceutical industries. Candidates with distinctions have gone on to pursue PhD degrees at prestigious universities such as; Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, LSE, etc or in the US. They have pursued roles such as: professional statisticians; actuaries; business, research and administrative professionals; IT business analysts, architects and systems designers; management consultants and business analysts; programmers and software development professionals.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in AI and Machine Learning sector event
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Employer presentations within the department (e.g. Pharmaceutical Statistics, Actuarial, Geospatial Analytics)
  • Interview skills for Statistics students
  • Maths and Stats Careers Fair
  • MSc Careers presentation
  • PhD academic and non-academic careers event

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