Davide Ravagli

MSc Statistics
Davide Ravagli

...this course is the perfect combination for those who are curious and interested in both understanding the theory behind data analysis and carrying on the analysis themselves, being able to interpret the results. This makes the MSc Statistics a strong starting point for a career both as an Academic and a professional.

 

Why did you choose to study this course here at the School of Mathematics? 

When I decided to continue my studies at postgraduate level, I was determined to find a course that could enhance my capacities related to the field of Statistics. After having a broad and general view of what Statistical Sciences are, my aim was to gain a better understanding of what are the reasons that lead to use certain methodologies rather than others, and at the same time specialize in those areas of the discipline that were most interesting to me. After a careful and accurate research among all European best universities, I narrowed doing my choices to one only: The University of Manchester.

I was certain that the MSc Statistics at The University of Manchester was the best choice for me since the first moment. This course provides a strongly detailed explanation and justification of what are the most famous, widely accepted and useful Statistical methodologies nowadays under a theoretical point of view (i.e. understanding why some method is used rather than others), without missing a deep insight on how to apply those methodologies to real life examples and datasets.

Therefore this course is the perfect combination for those who are curious and interested in both understanding the theory behind data analysis and carrying on the analysis themselves, being able to interpret the results. This makes the MSc Statistics a strong starting point for a career both as an Academic and a professional.

 

What were you doing before your MSc?

I completed my undergraduate studies in Statistics in July 2016. My Undergraduate course was a Double Degree program according to which I split and attended modules at the University of Bologna (Italy) and The University of Glasgow, obtaining two undergraduate degree titles at the end (Bachelor in Statistics at the University of Bologna and Bachelor with Honours in Statistics at the University of Glasgow).

 During all this period I have worked in order to support my studies

 

What are your career plans after graduation?  

I would like to become a sports data analyst later on in my career, in particular for what regards data and performance analysis in one of the biggest American sports leagues. However, my short term plan is actually trying to continue with my studies at a PhD level.

 

What do you enjoy most about studying at the School of Mathematics?

The best feature of the School of Mathematics is in my opinion its people. Students, members of the Staff, lecturers all mingle and interact as they were part of a unique large family. Before coming here, I was not expecting such a warm and welcoming environment, and this makes me feel every day that coming here was the best choice I could do.

In addition, the possibility to be in touch with some remarkable academics makes everyday life in the School exciting and stimulating.

 

How much time to do you spend in classes and undertaking independent study? 

The MSc Statistics consists in 16 hours of classes per week. However, students are required to spend at least as much time in individual study in order to revise lectures, work on example sheets and complete coursework for submission as the semester goes on.

 

How did you find the change from Undergraduate to Postgraduate level study?

The change from Undergraduate to Postgraduate level is tangible under many aspects. First of all, each module consists of much more material, delivered in a more formal and detailed way. Secondly, the amount of individual study for a Postgraduate course is higher, and managing your time properly becomes essential if you want to get on top of everything. However, after a short period of adjustment I realised that the course is perfectly in line with my expectations, neither too easy nor too difficult.

 

What is the best thing about living in Manchester?

Manchester is a city where many different cultures meet and mix together. Everyone is welcome regardless to ethnicity, religion, etc.

In addition, the town is always full with events of the most different kinds such as sports (with two of the most famous football teams in Europe), music, and cultural events.

Finally, for those who like the nightlife, Manchester offers a wide range of pubs and clubs both in the city center and closer to where most student accommodation buildings are.

 

What advice would you give to those considering studying at the School of Mathematics?

On one hand, studying at the School of Mathematics at The University of Manchester is a great opportunity to launch your career at a high level. On the other hand, getting in touch with people from many different country and cultures is an invaluable chance to expand your views and thoughts.

It is definitely something that you do not want to miss!

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