Medical Statistics MSc, 1-3 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want a vocational course that will focus on the application of statistical methods to real-life problems in medicine and healthcare, giving you excellent prospects in securing a career or further study.

Start date
September each year

Contact
Stephanie Hubbard
MSc Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)116 229 7264
mscmedstats@le.ac.uk

Leicester Medical School

Course description

Course description

This postgraduate degree will give you all the expertise you need to become a practising medical statistician. You will cover all relevant theory but with an emphasis on understanding, applying and adapting it to real-life circumstances. Your analysis skills will be developed on real medical data sets, using statistical software such as Stata, R, SAS and WinBUGS.

An important factor in the success of a practising statistician is the ability to communicate with others. To develop these skills, you will work on two mini-projects and will be introduced to consultancy skills throughout the course. The mini-projects involve analysing data arising from real problems and data sets and presenting a report on the findings.

Your choice of option module allows you to specialise in one particular area:

  • If you choose to study the 'Genetic Epidemiology' option module, your degree will be an MSc in Medical Statistics with specialisation in Genetic Epidemiology
  • If you choose to study the 'Health Technology Assessment' option module, your degree will be an MSc in Medical Statistics with specialisation in Health Technology Assessment
  • If you choose to study the 'Further Topics in Medical Statistics' option module, your degree will be an MSc in Medical Statistics

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The course is intended mainly for students with a good honours degree of which mathematics/statistics is the main subject, and with a working knowledge of basic probability and statistics. However, applicants with other suitable backgrounds will be considered by the course team. If you wish to discuss your background please contact the Admissions Tutor at mscmedstats@le.ac.uk

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £7,835

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Deposit

Due to limited places on our medical sciences, biosciences and psychology courses, if you (or your family) are funding your studies, you will need to pay a deposit of £750 within four weeks of accepting your offer. This will be subtracted from your first tuition fee instalment. You may not need to pay a deposit if you can provide evidence that you are:

  • Applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from the UK Government
  • Applying for another loan to cover the cost of tuition fee
  • Applying for a scholarship of at least 50% of the course fee
  • Receiving sponsorship

Scholarships

For 2018 entry this degree has been awarded four National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) masters studentships in medical statistics and three Medical Research Council (MRC) studentships funded through the Integrated Midlands Partnership for Biomedical Training (IMPACT). To find out more and for eligibility criteria please contact mscmedstats@le.ac.uk.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £15,405

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Deposit

Due to limited places on our medical sciences, biosciences and psychology courses, if you (or your family) are funding your studies, you will need to pay a deposit of £1,500 within four weeks of accepting your offer. This will be subtracted from your first tuition fee instalment. You may not need to pay a deposit if you can provide evidence that you are:

  • Applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from the UK Government
  • Applying for another loan to cover the cost of tuition fee
  • Applying for a scholarship of at least 50% of the course fee
  • Receiving sponsorship

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society for 2017/18. Re-accreditation for 2018/19 has been applied for. On graduation you will be able to apply for the professional award of Graduate Statistician.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The demand for medical statisticians is high and many employers contact us with job opportunities and to give careers talks to try to recruit graduates. For further information about a career in medical/pharmaceutical statistics please look at:

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Our research

Our research

Course structure

Full-time

Full-time

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus your research project

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Part-time

Part-time

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus your research project

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Project

Project

You will undertake a major 12-week project during the summer, usually based on analysis of real medical data or methodology in the area of medical statistics.

Examples of previous projects

  • Analysis and modelling of road traffic accident data
  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of hot water temperature controls for the prevention of scalds in children aged 0-4 years
  • Individual patient data meta-analysis in diabetes
  • Predictors of GP consultation in older people with joint pain
  • Survival of women with endometrial cancer
  • Meta-analysis of the toxicological evidence concerning the health effects of fluoride
  • Odds ratios vs relative risks in a study of 30 day mortality after myocardial infarction
  • Hierarchical modelling of measurement errors in banked biosamples
  • Measurement of psychological health among adolescents in south-west England
  • Quality of diabetes care in high and low socio-economic groups in a multi-ethnic population

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

The Department of Health Sciences at Leicester has approximately 140 academic, research, teaching, and support staff and around 100 taught postgraduate students.

The University of Leicester Department of Health Sciences is engaged in internationally competitive research across a wide range of topics, including epidemiology, medical statistics, public health, primary care, health services research, and psychiatry.

Teaching and learning

Each module is taught in a week-long blocks using a variety of lectures, seminars and computer practicals, including sessions delivered by external practising medical statisticians. In between these teaching weeks you will complete the course work from the previous teaching weeks and start your preliminary reading for the next one.

Assessment is by coursework and exam. Many modules have an assessed coursework element involving the analysis of a real medical data set and the production of a concise written report. There are also mathematical and statistical computing-based courseworks.

On the full-time course, you will study the core modules from September to April and your chosen option module in April and May, then complete your project between June and September.

Alternatively, it is possible to study for this MSc part-time. As a part-time student you would complete the taught modules over two academic years, attending approximately seven one-week blocks per year. You would then complete your project over the next six months.

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