Statistics MSc

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Course description

The Probability and Statistics group (4 Professors, 3 Senior Lecturers and 10 Lecturers) in the School of Mathematics have a long-standing reputation and experience 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 and the employment prospects for such people remain good.)    They have also provided a very good foundation for further study at PhD level.

Our current MSc programme in Statistics allows students to take one of two different MSc degrees, depending on their interests and career aspirations. There is the main programme in Statistics and one associated pathway in Financial Statistics.  Each is built around a common core of five modules and then students study an additional set of three specialist modules to make a total of eight in all. 

Progression and assessment

There are two teaching semesters of 12 weeks each and approximately 15 weeks of project work. Assessment for the taught part is by exams and coursework.  Following the successful completion of the taught part of the programme (worth a total of 120 credits) students are then expected to work on a dissertation from June to September which is worth a further 60 credits, making 180 credits in total.  Information on the various topics and projects which will be available for dissertation are provided to the students in May from which they  are invited to state their preferences.  

Course units overview

The taught part of the programme is divided into two 12-week semesters, each followed by a two-week period of examinations.  This in turn is followed by a period of approximately 12 weeks of research work over the summer which is supervised by a  member of the academic staff  and ends with  submission of the MSc dissertation in September. In the taught part of the course, full-time students attend weekly lectures and support classes for four modules (4 x 15 credits) in each semester.  Students are also able to enrol on a part-time basis if they wish.  In this case they study over a two year period and only take two modules per semester, with the dissertation being completed at the end of the second year. Details of the programme structure are given below.

Main MSc Statistics

  Semester One:

  • Linear Models & Nonparametric Regression
  • Statistical Computing
  • Statistical Inference
  • Multivariate Statistics

  Semester Two:

  • Generalized Linear Models & Survival Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments

 This degree is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Financial Statistics Pathway

This comprises a core of five modules which are common to the main programme, plus three specialist modules in financial statistics.

Semester One:

  • Linear Models & Nonparametric Regression
  • Statistical Computing
  • Statistical Modelling in Finance
  • Extreme Values and Financial Risk

   Semester Two:

  • Generalized Linear Models & Survival Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)
  • Time Series Analysis and Financial Forecasting

This degree is also accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.

Accreditation by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) provides reassurance that our MSc programme produces graduates with the technical skills and subject knowledge required of a statistician. This provides our graduates with a competitive edge in the job market and provides employers with an assurance of quality of our degree.

Dissertation  Following the successful completion of the taught part of the programme (worth a total of 120 credits) students are then expected to work on a dissertation from June to September which is worth a further 60 credits, making 180 credits in total.  Information on the various topics and projects which will be available for dissertation are provided to the students in May from which they  are invited to state their preferences.  

Facilities

The School of Mathematics is the largest in the UK with an outstanding research reputation and facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

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