Taught course

Medical Statistics

University of Leicester · Department of Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

The course is intended mainly for students with a good honours degree of which mathematics/statistics is the main subject, and with a working knowledge of basic probability and statistics. However, applicants with other suitable backgrounds will be considered by the course team. If you wish to discuss your background please contact the Admissions Tutor

Months of entry


Course content

This postgraduate degree will give you all the expertise you need to become a practising medical statistician. You will cover all relevant theory but with an emphasis on understanding, applying and adapting it to real-life circumstances. Your analysis skills will be developed on real medical data sets, using statistical software such as Stata, SAS and WinBUGS.

You will have the option to specialise, if you want to, in either Modern Epidemiology (including Genetic Epidemiology) or Health Technology Assessment.

An important factor in the success of a practising statistician is the ability to communicate with others. To develop these skills, you will work on two mini-projects and will be introduced to consultancy skills throughout the course. The mini-projects involve analysing data arising from real problems and data sets and presenting a report on the findings.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

For 2017 entry this degree has been awarded four National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) masters studentships in medical statistics and three Medical Research Council (MRC) studentships funded through the Integrated Midlands Partnership for Biomedical Training (IMPACT). Pharmaceutical funding has been awarded in previous years to applicants for this course. To find out more and eligibility criteria please contact mscmedstats@le.ac.uk

Previously, studentships for this degree have been awarded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Pharmaceutical funding for this course has in previous years been received from Amgen and the non-profit organisation PSI.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

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
  • Further details of qualification

    PT attendance: 6 or 7 1-week blocks for each of 2 years followed by the project.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations15
Written coursework / continuous assessment55
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Stephanie Hubbard
+44 (0)116 229 7264