Taught course

Statistics (MSc)

University of St Andrews · School of Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Mathematics, Statistics or a closely related subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Statistics is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, which is well equipped with personal computers and laptops, a parallel computer and an on-site library.


  • The programme provides a wide range of advanced module choices across the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Students are prepared to pursue research in statistics or to enter the commercial analysis market with a broader skill set.

Teaching format

The course consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation (15,000 words) over the summer months. The available statistics modules consist of a mixture of traditional lecture courses with end of semester exams and short intense courses with a large proportion of continuous assessment.


For an MSc in Statistics, a total of 180 credits are needed, with 150 credits from level 5000. 60 level 5000 credits come from the dissertation, so the remaining 120 credits must contain at least 90 from level 5000. The remaining 30 credits may be from level 3000 or above.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017-2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Modules can be chosen from across the School's undergraduate and postgraduate-level modules.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £17,600

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2344