Statistics and Applied Probability MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Statistics and Applied Probability
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (lower second class honours degree or international equivalent) in mathematics or a closely related subject with substantial mathematical content.
Other requirements
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course is informed by the work being carried out in the Statistics and Probability research group. Topics include stochastic processes, queueing processes, epidemic models and reliability.
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The programme benefits from being accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. It is suitable for students who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge in both statistics and applied probability.

The Msc offers you the opportunity to further your knowledge in both of these areas, which will be beneficial for a professional career in statistics or as a solid basis for research in statistics or applied probability.

Topics include advanced stochastic processes, queueing processes, epidemic models and reliability, as well as most of those listed for the MSc Statistics.

Key facts

  • The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of the largest and strongest mathematics departments in the UK, with over 70 full-time academic staff.
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results place the School in the top 10 nationally within Mathematical Sciences for 'research power' and 'research quality'; with 32% of its research recognised as world-leading and a further 56% as internationally excellent. 
  • The research environment was classified as 75% world-leading in vitality and sustainability, with the remaining 25% internationally excellent, reflecting the outstanding setting the School provides for its academic staff as well as its postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers.
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for three subject areas within the School, namely pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and operational research.
 

Course details

The course is taught mostly through lectures, supported by smaller seminar groups which are used to revisit more complex topics. The MSc is taken full-time over one year and consists of compulsory and optional modules to give you the flexibility to study your topics of interest. 

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake a dissertation of 15,000-25,000 words. In this module, a substantial mathematical investigation will be carried out on a topic in statistics or probability. The study will be largely self-directed, although a supervisor will provide oversight and input where necessary. The maths topic will be chosen by agreement between yourself and your supervisor. It could be based on the statistical analysis of a substantial dataset, an investigation into statistical methodology or an investigation into a topic of applied probability or probability theory. It is expected that most projects will contain an element of statistical computing.

The MSc Statistics and Applied Probability is intended for students with a degree in mathematics (or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content). Some knowledge of probability and statistics would be helpful to start the course.

The maths course is offered on a full-time basis over 1 year and comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits’ worth of taught modules and a 60-credit research project.

Modules are mainly delivered through lectures and example and /or problem classes for smaller groups. You will typically be assessed by an examination or coursework at the end of the semester in which a given module is taught.

The course is designed such that the module `Fundamentals of Statistics' is either a pre- or a co-requisite for all other modules offered in the course, whereas the recommended books to meet the prerequisite for this module are:

  • Ross, S.M. (1976) A First Course in Probability (or any of the newer editions - most recent is the 8th edition, 2010), Collier-MacMillan.
  • Mann, P.S. (2010) Introductory Statistics, John Wiley & Sons
 
 

Modules

Compulsory

Optional

You must choose three modules, but you are not able to take both Computational Statistics and Statistical Machine Learning.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

UK/EU Students

Tuition Fees

Information on current course tuition fees can be found on the University finance pages.

Postgraduate loans 

The government offers loans of up to £10,280 for students studying a taught or research masters course commencing in September 2017.

These loans will be a contribution towards the costs associated with completing a postgraduate masters course and can be used towards tuition fees or living costs as you decide. The loan is non means tested and will be paid directly to you, the student, rather than the University.

If you are a home student or have UK residential status you will be eligible for a government loan and in some cases EU students may also be eligible.

Full information can be found at the postgraduate loan page on the student services website. 

Graduate School

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

School scholarships for UoN UK alumni

For 2018-19 entry, 10% Alumni scholarships may be offered to former University of Nottingham graduates who have studied at the UK campus.

International Students 

Tuition Fees

Information on current course tuition fees can be found on the University finance pages.

In 2018/19 a limited number of scholarships of up to £2,000 will be awarded by the School of Mathematical Sciences to international students which will allow you to also apply for other scholarships.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


 
 

Careers

The maths course offers you the opportunity to further your knowledge in both statistics and applied probability, which will be beneficial for a professional career in statistics or as a solid basis for research in statistics or applied probability.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 89% of postgraduates from the School of Mathematical Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,933, with the highest being £35,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and 
can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and 
specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills 
workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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