Taught course


University of Sheffield · School of Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a quantitative subject (e.g. biochemistry, biomedical science, computer science, economics, medicine, engineering) and at least grade B in A Level mathematics, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time distance learning programme is designed for graduates who don't have all the background knowledge for a masters degree in statistics. Students who perform well can progress on to our Statistics MSc or Statistics with Medical Applications MSc.

Course description

This nine-month part-time distance learning course covers the relevant first-year undergraduate mathematics, and the relevant first and second-year probability and statistical theory. It runs from late September until early June. Exams are online, so you won't need to visit Sheffield.

There are three modules and you'll either be given directed reading from standard textbooks or a fully comprehensive set of course notes, depending on the module, as well as examples and exercises to work through. Tailored course material will also be made available online including additional notes and video lectures.

Our lecturers will give you feedback and comments on your work and each module has an online forum for discussions. You'll need to dedicate around 20 hours a week to your studies.


An average final mark of approximately 65 per cent on the Graduate Certificate, with at least 60 per cent in each of the three modules, will usually allow you to progress onto the MSc Statistics or MSc Statistics with Medical Applications, provided you meet the University's English language requirements.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit website.

Fees and funding

The University of Sheffield has scholarships available to support masters students. Students on our MSc Statistics course often have the costs of their degree covered by their employer.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    9 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 3789