Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
2 years part-time, October to June
2-3 evenings a week
Other entry years for this course2018
This 2-year, part-time MSc Applied Statistics is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and has been specially designed to meet the personal and career development needs of people who want to continue working, or gain valuable interning experience, while also studying in the evening. Many of our students, as part of their everyday work, are involved in data analysis, the interpretation of statistics, the optimal design and control of systems, and the modelling and prediction of time-dependent phenomena. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into the classroom, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by committed, enthusiastic students from all backgrounds, careers and cultures. This programme is ideal if you are considering a career move into statistics, or if your work already involves aspects of data collection and exploration, the interpretation of statistics, or the modelling and forecasting of time-dependent phenomena.
Over 2 years, in lectures and practical computing sessions, the course covers both the theory and the application of modern statistical and mathematical modelling techniques to applied problems in industry, public services, commerce and research. The programme proceeds from a strong theoretical background, but it is practically oriented, in order to develop your ability to tackle new and non-standard problems confidently. The mutual dependence of practice and theory is emphasised throughout the course.
All students are initially registered on the MSc Applied Statistics. After a common first year of core modules in theoretical and applied statistics, the second year allows you to orient your programme of studies towards your own particular interests and career objectives. You select 4 modules (each running over a single term) from a range of specialist streams.
In addition to undertaking your 4 chosen option modules, you also complete a project - a sustained, independent investigation into a subject that interests you.
- Covers both theory and application of modern statistical modelling techniques required to solve applied problems in industry, the public services, scientific research and commerce.
- Accredited by the Royal Statistical Society - graduates may be granted Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status.
- Birkbeck brings together research and teaching across economics and finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.
- Our teaching is informed by the needs of employers and you will be taught by academics who are professional practitioners involved in the world of economics and international finance. They provide specialist advice and in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks.
- Our department houses 5 research groups, in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Econometrics and Statistical Science, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Pure Mathematics, which all host visiting speakers and organise seminars. The Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics and the Commodities Finance Centre are our 2 research centres, which disseminate research, host events and house visiting academics.
- You will have access to a wide range of study resources, including University of London seminar programmes in probability and statistics, and excellent library facilities close by in Bloomsbury. Extensive computing facilities include PCs and UNIX platforms.
- Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
The core modules in the first year provide a broad education and training in statistics at postgraduate level, while the second-year option modules and project may be selected to further your own interests and career objectives.
You take 2 core modules. These cover: probability and distribution theory; statistical inference; Markov Chains; introductory time series and forecasting; multiple linear regression; generalised linear modelling; experimental design. You will apply the theory and principles that you learn to the analysis and modelling of data in a wide range of contexts and gain experience in the use of a statistical package such as R. The first year corresponds to the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Statistics.
Normally, you choose 4 modules worth 15 credits each, offered from the broad areas of:
- Further applied statistics (e.g. topics in Bayesian statistics, advanced multivariate analysis, computational statistics)
- Operational research (e.g. topics in optimisation, forecasting and stochastic methods of operational research).
You also complete a project (60 credits): a sustained, independent investigation involving the application of statistical techniques to a specific problem.
To gain an MSc in Applied Statistics and Operational Research, you must satisfactorily complete the compulsory modules in Operational Research.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
A good upper second-class degree or above, with mathematics or statistics as a main subject.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 4250 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
A combination of lectures and staff-assisted practical computing sessions using modern statistical software with an integrated programming capability. Computing packages used include R (and additionally SAS and WinBUGS where required for particular aspects of the programme). Individual and small-group tutorials are provided as necessary.
Written examinations in May/June, assessed coursework throughout both years and a project to be completed by 1 September at the end of the second year.
2-4 daytime examinations in the summer term.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in data collection, research, and analysis, modelling and forecasting. Possible professions include statistician, operational researcher, or research scientist (maths). This degree may also be useful in becoming a forensic statistician or higher education lecturer.
Further information about careers in statistics is available from the Royal Statistical Society website.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
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How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link.
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Application deadlines and interviews
You should apply as early as possible and by the beginning of September at the latest. We need to receive your supporting documents, i.e. your transcript, before we can proceed with your application.
Interviews by arrangement.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
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