Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a subject with a strong mathematics or statistics component. Students with a 2:2 Hons degree will be considered on a case - by - case basis.

Additional Requirements
Relevant work experience in a front-line technical position will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Statistics support many aspects of the modern world, from science and technology to finance and business. They allow us to overcome scientific, industrial and social problems and a Masters-level understanding of them is beneficial in many careers.

Our Royal Statistical Society (RSS) accredited Masters programme combines a blend of theoretical study with real-world application. This means that over the year, you will develop advanced statistical skills and knowledge, while having the opportunity to put what you learn into practice and gain valuable, real-world experience. As a result, after graduation, you will be ideally placed to pursue your career ambitions, and progress in your field.

Based in our purpose built facility, the Postgraduate Statistics Centre (PSC), you will have access to specialist software and equipment, such as our dedicated super computer. These facilities will support you as you engage with one of our specialist statistical pathways. The pathways you can choose from are:

Environmental Statistics
Medical Statistics
Pharmaceutical Statistics
As part of your programme, you will also complete our Statistics in Practice module. Providing a strong foundation for Masters-level study in statistics, you will gain key practical skills using software, including R and SAS. Your scientific writing abilities will also be enhanced as we help you to present rigorous, written mathematical arguments, and develop your understanding of scientific papers. Oral presentations will also allow you to put your public speaking skills into practice, specifically in the context of presenting summaries of papers.

As well as providing the fundamental foundations for other aspects of the programme, this module will also equip you with valuable professional skills and experience that will help you to achieve your career aspirations.

Your learning and research will be further supported through our seminar series. You have the opportunity to attend weekly statistics and probability seminars, to learn about a specialist area of each discipline. Each week the seminars will be delivered by a leading academic, either from Lancaster or a special guest from another institution. You choose which ones you attend, selecting those most appropriate to your study, or areas you have a personal interest in.

Finally, over the course of three months, you will complete a Masters-level dissertation. This project will be supervised by one of our academics and may be in collaboration with an external organisation, such as: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK); AstraZeneca; Wrightington Hospital; Royal Lancaster Infirmary; Leahurst Veterinary Centre; or the Department of the Environment, for example.

Undertaking this dissertation will allow you to bring together and put into practice the discipline specific skills, knowledge and experience you have gained throughout the year. This will take your understanding of advanced statistics beyond classroom learning, and will allow you to develop a working understanding of statistical methodology. This experience will be invaluable as your progress into a career.

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592032