MSc Applied Statistics in Health Sciences (online)

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University of Strathclyde
Start - End
5 Sep
Study Options
GBP 9050 - 9050
Fee International
GBP 19400 - 19400

Why this course?

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.

Although the programme is focused on health, the skills set provided will also equip you with the necessary training to work as an applied statistician in other areas such as insurance, finance and commerce.

You can also study the MSc in Applied Statistics in Health Sciences full-time on campus.

What you'll study

In Year 1 you’ll study three modules, equipping you with fundamental probability and data analysis skills. In Year 2 there are five modules, each focusing on a different applied element of being a statistician. The course concludes in the final year with a research project that will involve the analysis of a real-life data set.

Programme skills set

On the programme you'll acquire:

  • in-depth knowledge of modern statistical methods that are used to analyse and visualise real-life data sets and the experience of how to apply these methods in a professional setting
  • skills in using statistical software packages that are used in government, industry and commerce
  • the ability to interpret the output from statistical tests and data analyses and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences including health professionals, scientists, government officials, managers and stakeholders who may have an interest in the problem
  • problem-solving and high numeracy skills that are widely sought after in the commercial sector
  • practical experience of statistical consultancy and how to interact with professionals who require statistical analyses of their data
  • through the contacts with APHA and NHS staff, an understanding of what it's like to work as an applied statistician in practice including, for example, during disease outbreaks

Learning & teaching

Classes are delivered using the Myplace online teaching environment hosted by the University of Strathclyde.

You’ll learn through video lectures, interactive sessions, independent reading of articles and texts and discussion forums.

On average you'll study five hours of online material per week plus additional self-study. You’ll also have regular assistance from dedicated tutors who will interact and communicate with you through online forums and email.

You'll be part of a community of students working collaboratively to share and enhance learning.


  • The form of assessment varies for each class. For most classes the assessment involves both coursework and examinations.

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