A good upper second-class degree or above, with mathematics or statistics as a main subject. Other degrees or professional qualifications may also be acceptable, such as the Birkbeck Graduate Certificate in Statistics or the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Statistical Society.
Operational Research, Stochastic Modelling, Medical Applications
Months of entry
This 2-year, part-time MSc programme in Applied Statistics is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and has been specially designed to meet the personal and career development needs of people who want to continue working, while also studying in the evening. Many of our students, as part of their everyday work, are involved in data analysis, the interpretation of statistics, the optimal design and control of systems, and the modelling and prediction of time-dependent phenomena. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by committed, enthusiastic students from all backgrounds, careers and cultures. This programme is ideal if you are considering a career move into statistics, or if your work already involves aspects of data collection and exploration, the interpretation of statistics, or the modelling and forecasting of time-dependent phenomena.
Over 2 years, in lectures and practical computing sessions, the course covers both the theory and the application of modern statistical and mathematical modelling techniques to applied problems in industry, the public services, commerce and research. The programme proceeds from a strong theoretical background, but it is practically oriented, in order to develop your ability to tackle new and non-standard problems confidently. The mutual dependence of practice and theory is emphasised throughout the course.
All students are initially registered on the MSc Applied Statistics. After a common first year of core modules in theoretical and applied statistics, the second year allows you to orient your programme of studies towards your own particular interests and career objectives. You select 60 credits worth of modules, normally in the form of 4 taught modules (each running over a single term) from a range of specialist streams.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.
Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
- + 44 (0)20 7631 6403
- + 44 (0)20 7631 6416