Taught course

Applied Statistics

University of Southampton · Social Statistics / Population Sciences and Demography

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Entry requirements

Selection process: We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, an Upper second-class honours degree involving a substantial statistical theory component as outlined below. Your application will be considered on its merits, with motivation and postgraduate experience in a statistical environment potentially important factors. Non-graduate qualifications, in particular the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Statistical Society, may be accepted in place of an undergraduate degree. Full details of previous statistical training in the form of syllabuses, reading lists and, in particular, examination papers will be helpful in assessing your suitability for the programme.

Academic background: This pathway is suitable for statisticians, mathematicians, econometricians, engineers and other science graduates whose training equips them to study applied statistics at graduate level. It is also suitable for social scientists with a good training in statistics.

Past students have held first degrees in subjects such as mathematics, economics, statistics, and statistics and psychology.

The main prerequisite for the programme is a good grounding in the basic theory and methods of statistics, to the level of texts such as: AM Mood, FA Graybill and DC Boes (3rd ed, 1974), Introduction to the Theory of Statistics, McGraw-Hill; MH DeGroot (2nd ed, 1986), Probability and Statistics, Addison-Wesley; HJ Larson (3rd ed, 1982), Introduction to Probability Theory and Statistical Inference, Wiley.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Applied Statistics provides postgraduate instruction in the theory and methods of applied statistics. The programme is for students whose interests lie in the theory and application of statistical methods, and in methods for designing, collecting and analysing large –scale data.

Do you enjoy using numbers and data to provide answers to current problems? Apply for the Masters in Applied Statistics degree and enhance your knowledge of statistics. The masters course at the University of Southampton will teach you how to analyse and understand statistical methodology. The Masters in Applied Statistics can open to the door to a career as an experienced statistician in a wide range of sectors such as government, medicine, social research and data analytics in the private sector.

Information for international students

Language requirements: Competency in English language is essential for this master's degree. You should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. Students who do not have a degree from a British University, or who are from a country that is not on the list of those exempt from testing, will be required to present evidence of IELTS score or equivalent. Further details are available in English language proficiency page (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page). All language evidence should be less than two years old. Intensive pre-Masters postgraduate pre-sessional summer course in English language is available at the University if required.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Social Sciences
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