Applied Statistics (MSc)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Two years part-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week, October to June

This two-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 two 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.

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Highlights

  • 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 five 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 two 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
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Course structure

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.

Year 1

You take two 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.

Year 2

Normally, you choose four 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.

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