Our online course is run in collaboration with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Statisticians from APHA, as well as those who have extensive experience in working with the National Health Service in Scotland, will provide lectures based around real-life problems and data from the health sciences.

The course is entirely delivered online and access to a Windows PC is required. The course is ideally suited to those working full-time or with other commitments. You can study and complete the modules when it’s most convenient for you – you don’t need to be online at specific times.

The course has been designed by academics who also work as statisticians in the public sector, who are experts in understanding real-life statistical problems, data, and relating theory to practice.

Study Details:

MSc: 36 months part-time

Module Details:

Year 1
Semester 1
Foundations of Probability & Statistics

Semester 2
Data Analytics in R

Semester 3
Statistical Modelling & Analysis

Programme Funding

£1,500 available to new students in 2020/21

Student Destinations

There are many exciting career opportunities for graduates in applied statistics. The practical, real-life skills that you’ll gain means you’ll be much in demand in international organisations. A report by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry identified statistics and data mining as “two key areas in which a ‘skills gap’ is threatening the UK’s biopharmaceutical industry.”

Typical employers of statisticians and data analysts include:

  • government
  • health services
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • human, animal, plant and environmental research institutes
  • insurance companies
  • banks
  • internet information providers such as Google
  • retailers


Scotland/EU/UK/International £3,583 (per 60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree or international equivalent.

Mathematical training to A Level or equivalent standard.

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