MSc Statistics / Overview
Year of entry: 2023
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- Degree awarded
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
The normal entry requirements are a good upper second or first class honours degree from a UK university, or the equivalent from an overseas university, in Mathematics or in a subject with some significant mathematical content. Students should also have some knowledge of Probability and Statistics in their degree, at least up to what might be expected by the end of the second year of an undergraduate Mathematics degree.
You are expected to have a first degree with a substantial amount of mathematics including Probability and Statistics. As a minimum you should have done Calculus or Mathematical Analysis, Linear Algebra, two courses in Probability and two courses in Statistics. A Mathematical Statistics course may count as one Probability and one Statistics course depending on the syllabus. If your course is called Advanced Mathematics, then we need to know how much calculus/linear algebra it contains. You can have a look at what Manchester students do in the first two years, or refer to the following list for a quick summary.
- Calculus or Mathematical Analysis (functions of a single and several variables, continuity, derivatives, integrals, Mean Value Theorem, Taylor series expansion, minimisation and maximisation, Lagrange multipliers)
- Linear Algebra (linear independence, determinant, inverse, eigenvalues and eigenvectors)
- Probability I (probabilities and conditional probabilities, Bayes Theorem, moments)
- Probability II (multivariate and conditional distributions, generating functions, Law of Large Numbers and Central Limit Theorem)
- Statistics I (descriptive statistics, normal, t, chi-square and F distributions, significance tests)
- Statistics II (Maximum likelihood estimation, Likelihood ratio tests, simple regression and analysis of variance).
You are expected to have done well in the above courses and your university should have a high national standing.
- How to apply
As there is high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. If we make you an offer, you will have 3 weeks in which to accept. Any offers not accepted within 3 weeks will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.
Please find more information in our Application and Selection section .
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The Probability and Statistics group in the Department of Mathematics have a long-standing reputation of offering one-year, high-quality taught courses in areas of Statistics leading to the degree of MSc. These courses have aimed to offer a thorough professional training which prepare students to embark on statistical careers in a variety of areas.
There is a shortage of statisticians trained to postgraduate level in the UK, meaning that you will be a highly desired candidate upon completion of this MSc. They have also provided a very good foundation for further study at PhD level.
The MSc course in Statistics gives you the freedom to take a common core of five modules as well as three specialist/additional modules depending on your interests and career aspirations.
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £14,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £30,500
UK students (per annum): £7,250
International, including EU, students (per annum): £15,500
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
For more information, see the Department of Mathematics Fees and funding page or visit the University of Manchester funding for master's courses website for more information.
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