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In a society that is increasingly data-driven, having the skills to conduct appropriate analysis and deliver robust conclusions is valuable across almost every industry. Designed for students from a wide range of quantitative backgrounds, this course will equip you for a lucrative statistical career in any sector that interests you.

The course will develop your practical and technical skills through analytical work based on real-world situations, from areas as diverse as social sciences, medicine or sport. You will explore the techniques employed in modern statistical research and, for the practical element, you will use industry-standard statistical software for the analysis of complex data.

As important as the analysis itself, you will learn to choose the most suitable statistical model for the type of data you’re faced with, and to communicate your conclusions clearly and succinctly. These aptitudes are part of a suite of transferable skills you’ll develop, including problem-solving and self-reflection, which will set you up to progress quickly in your statistical career.

Our MSc Statistics course is taught by academics with an international reputation for quality research. You will be part of our vibrant mathematics community, and you will be encouraged to engage with staff research and access our valuable network of partners and contacts.

In a society that is increasingly data-driven, having the skills to conduct appropriate analysis and deliver robust conclusions is valuable across almost every industry. Designed for students from a wide range of quantitative backgrounds, this course will equip you for a lucrative statistical career in any sector that interests you.

The course will develop your practical and technical skills through analytical work based on real-world situations, from areas as diverse as social sciences, medicine or sport. You will explore the techniques employed in modern statistical research and, for the practical element, you will use industry-standard statistical software for the analysis of complex data.

As important as the analysis itself, you will learn to choose the most suitable statistical model for the type of data you’re faced with, and to communicate your conclusions clearly and succinctly. These aptitudes are part of a suite of transferable skills you’ll develop, including problem-solving and self-reflection, which will set you up to progress quickly in your statistical career.

Our MSc Statistics course is taught by academics with an international reputation for quality research. You will be part of our vibrant mathematics community, and you will be encouraged to engage with staff research and access our valuable network of partners and contacts.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops, housed both in traditional and computer lab-based settings.

You will develop technical and practical skills by a combination of analytical and practical work, couched in real-world situations. We will demonstrate some of the techniques employed in modern statistical research and, for the practical element, you will use statistical software in the analysis of complex data. We will support you to take an independent approach to problem solving and you’ll develop skills in computer programming and data analysis using a range of specialist applications.

This course assumes you have experience of study at final year undergraduate level or professional equivalent, so that you are able to manage your time and direct your own research into topics that interest you. We will encourage discussions and debates on emerging methods and contentious issues to stimulate your independent learning, and foster a spirit of research curiosity.

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You’ll learn from a team of leading mathematicians and statisticians.

Our internationally diverse teaching team come from a wide range of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience between them. They have expertise and experience in areas from medical statistics to distribution theory, from sequential surveillance to modelling data for sports predictions; knowledge that you can draw on for your final Masters Project.

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Technology will play a big part in your learning and is embedded throughout the course. You will benefit from an extensive range of specialist facilities to support all aspects of your studies.

You will spend much of your time in our new Maths Hub computing area. The hub is equipped with the latest statistical software for data handling and coding, including R and WinBugs, plus typesetting software such as LaTeX and Beamer. Several of the faculty’s computer rooms are open 24 hours a day, and offer technology to support collaborative working.

The faculty also houses powerful maths servers and ‘Oswald’, a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, which you may be able to use for Big Data analysis as part of your major project.

You will also be able to use the university’s online resources to support your studies, including the e-learning portal where you can access course materials and develop discussions with your peers. You will have access to module material, relevant typesetting and analysis software, as well as library resources through our remote access services.

Our 24-hour University Library holds Customer Service Excellence (CSE) accreditation and offers a range of spaces to suit your working style.

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As a Masters student you will develop your research skills to a new and higher level, as part of a thriving research community in Applied Statistics and beyond.

Our research focuses on the development and application of statistical models to real-life problems from fields such as health, social science and medicine. We use our research expertise to inform our teaching, ensuring that your learning is always at the cutting edge of developments in the field of statistics.

Examples of current and recent research include disease mapping, survival analysis and evaluation of crime prevention strategies.

Your research-rich experience will culminate in the final project, during which you will work closely with a member of the Applied Statistics team to undertake substantial research providing new or enhanced knowledge. You will need to process data, formulate models, carry out appropriate analyses, critique your findings and disseminate your results in terms understandable to a non-specialist – all vital elements when using statistics in industry.

Throughout the course you will also be invited to attend seminars and talks by invited speakers from industry or researchers from the wider faculty, which will deepen your appreciation for the versatility of statistics.

Research

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An MSc in statistics opens up a range of career options within business, industry, higher education or research institutes.

The course content is aligned to the requirements of the Royal Statistical Society and is regularly reviewed against professional benchmarks. As such you will develop a range of high level theoretical, analytical and computational statistics skills that will enable you to meet your career aspirations, whether you’re new to statistics or already working in a related field.

You’ll also enhance your employability by developing strong transferable skills, especially with respect to communicating ideas in written and spoken forms, personal time management, problem solving abilities and independent learning skills.

Working on group projects based on real world scenarios is the perfect grounding for your future career, exposing you to the diverse experiences of peers, awareness of business practice and appreciation of how statistical consultancy operates in practice.

During the course we’ll also encourage you to build a network of professional contacts by attending events such as the Royal Statistical Society North Eastern Local Group seminar series, or with Data Science North East. This will provide insight into potential future developments in professional practice, and allow you to seize any opportunity that presents itself.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for students from a range of quantitative backgrounds who are looking to build a career in the field of Statistics.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

 

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a subject with significant quantitative content.

Applicants with relevant professional experience and other professional qualifications will be considered.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements 

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,995

Full EU Fee: £7,995

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KC7014 -

Bayesian Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

You will gain an understanding of Bayesian statistics. The module introduces Bayes’ Theorem and its application to both simple and complex problems. It examines the algebraic and numerical techniques used to handle different problems and the important concept of combining prior information with data to form a posterior distribution. A wide range of real-life problems will be used to motivate the subject matter. Both conjugate and non-conjugate problems will be considered.

The module will be delivered using a combination of lecture and computer laboratory sessions. Assessment will be via a formal examination.

OUTLINE SYLLABUS

Bayes’ Theorem and its application. Bayesian inference.
Prior distributions, maximum likelihood estimation, posterior distributions.
Single-parameter models, multi-parameter models. Vague and informative priors.
Large-sample inference. Normal approximation to the posterior distribution.
Monte Carlo method and simulation of data. Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods for non-conjugate problems, including the Gibbs sampler and Metropolis-Hastings.
Introduction to Bayesian regression modelling.

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KC7015 -

Time Series & Forecasting (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about a range of appropriate statistical techniques that are used to analyse time series data. You will be introduced to the different methods that can be used to remove any trend or seasonality that are present in the data and learn how to determine the appropriate time series model for this modified time series. Once the model is chosen, you will learn verification techniques to confirm that you have selected the correct model and then, if required, learn how to forecast future values based on this model.

By the end of the module, you will have developed an awareness of different approaches to analysing time series data and to be able to tailor these techniques based on the initial assessment of the time series data.

Outline Syllabus
On this module, you will cover:
• Differencing methods to remove trends and/or seasonality.
• Diagnostic tools to select appropriate model
• Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) models
• Model identification methods
• Verification of model
• Seasonal Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (SARIMA) models and their identification and modelling.

An appropriate statistical computer package will be used.

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KC7023 -

Research Methods and Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the techniques and methods used in applied, contract, academic and/or professional research. You will also develop your understanding of the theoretical philosophies underpinning research, as well as how to design and run research in an applied context. This will focus on the problems and issues that occur in establishing empirical knowledge in the information science area. You will explore various research philosophies and methodologies which can be applied to professional practice. You are also encouraged to apply models of reflective practice throughout the module.
Topics include:
1) The research landscape (research philosophies)
a) The epistemology and ontology of major research paradigms
b) Limitations of the research philosophies
c) The research hierarchy

2) Information Discernment
a) High level of Information Literacy in all domains
b) Developing critical arguments in support of the students own research
c) Identifying appropriate evidence from practice literature to demonstrate engagement with the profession
d) The ethical researcher
e) The reflective researcher
f) Developing research questions, aims and hypotheses

3) Research methods, data collection techniques and data analysis
a) The use of methods in research and implications of choice
b) Exploring methods, including; phenomenology, ethnography, case study, action research, Delphi study, experiments, quasi-experiments, survey etc.
c) Exploring techniques, including; questionnaire design, interviewing, focus groups, observation, diaries etc.
d) Data analysis, including; descriptive and inferential statistics, statistical modelling, multivariate techniques, constant comparative analysis, grounded theory and theoretical sensitivity.
e) Research data management
f) Writing research proposals

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KL5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KL7006 -

Generalized Linear Models (Core,20 Credits)

This module covers models that extend linear models to generalized linear models (GLM). Two well known families of models will be learnt. These are binary and count data. Binary data is data whose unit can take on only two possible states, traditionally termed 0 and 1. Count data is a type of data in which the observations can take only the non-negative integer. An extension of binary data, often referred to as multinomial data will form part of the module. For count data, negative binomial model used for overdispersed count data will be discussed.

Key issues in GLMs such as model estimation, statistical inference and evaluation of predictive accuracy of the developed model will be discussed. The models are examined using variable selection criteria and regression diagnostics to improve model accuracy. You will use R to execute data analysis.

OUTLINE SYLLABUS
(1) Theory of the generalized linear model
(2) The maximum likelihood principle
(3) GLM for binary outcome variables including logistic, probit and skew extensions
(4) Multinomial Response Models
(5) GLM for count data including Poisson and Negative binomial models
(6) Robust estimation including Huber-White sandwich estimator and Generalized least squares
(7) Penalized regression for Binary data- Ridge and Firth penalization

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KL7007 -

Statistical inference and computational statistics (Core,20 Credits)

This module enables you to gain a deep knowledge of modern statistical inference and computational methods . You will learn how to use computational methods to address complicated statistical problems and apply statistical inference and computational methods to data arising from real-world studies. For example, you will learn how to use Newton Raphson method to estimate the treatment effect when developing a new drug or bootstrap and sandwich formula to estimate variances of market price change, which will be used to determine the price of asset with complex structure. By the end of the module, you will have developed an awareness of using different sophisticated approaches to tackle non-standard problems

Outline syllabus
On this module, you will cover:
• Maximum likelihood estimation
• Newton-Raphson method
• Fisher information
• Statistical simulation
• Random effects models
• Gaussian quadrature
• EM algorithm
• Bootstrap
• Sandwich estimator

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KL7008 -

Longitudinal Data Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

This module covers models that extend linear and generalized linear models in crossectional settings to longitudinal data, where measurements within subjects are correlated. Since subjects are measured repeatedly over time, there may be problem of attrition, commonly known as drop-out. You will learn about statistical models for both continuous and discrete longitudinal data. The impact of missing data and methodology for missing data in these framework will be considered using Rubin’s taxonomy. You will use the open-source and freely avaialble R software package to execute data analysis.

Outline Syllabus
Continuous data
(1) Extension of cross-sectional data to longitudinal data and various data examples
(2) Ad hoc methods for longitudinal data analysis (including two-stage analyses)
(3) The general linear mixed-effect model (LMM)
(4) Exploratory data analysis methods for longitudinal data
(5) Marginal and random effects models

Discrete data
(1) Model families (marginal, conditional and subject-specific models)
(2) Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) methods for marginal models
(3) Generalized linear mixed model (GLMM) for subject specific models

Missing data
(1) Missing data concepts
(2) Simple missing data methods (e.g. complete case, mean imputation, last observation carried forward and direct likelihood)
(3) Multiple imputation techniques with emphasis on the use of MICE (multiple imputation by chained equations)

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KL7009 -

MSc Statistics Project (Core,60 Credits)

The project requires you to develop and demonstrate the ability to do research and this is primarily demonstrated through your dissertation. A project plan should be completed as part of Research Methods module. Your dissertation will detail a systematic understanding of statistics and its real life application, a critical awareness of knowledge, a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights into statistical problems and its importance for professional practice. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to the research topic you have chosen and advanced scholarship. You will also develop skills for carrying out original research in statistics and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in statistics. You will be trained on how to engage with relevant research articles for your chosen project. You will also learn from seminars in Statistics that are organised occasionally in the department. Importantly, you will learn by 1:1 meetings with your supervisor while working on a topic grounded in the staff research.

Specifically, you will learn how to do the following
1) Conduct a focused literature search of library and web-based materials and critically appraise and analyse the findings.
2) Integrate and/or modify ideas, concepts and theoretical models that have been selectively extracted from scholarly literature.
3) Critically appraise and test the applicability of theoretical models to their researchable topic.
4) Rationalise and defend the key aspects of the work undertaken in the form of a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint or Beamer package in LaTex.
(5) Write an original dissertation in an academically acceptable format, which should be theoretically and methodologically linked, paying particular attention to the integration of the literature review, the methodology and the clear and concise presentation of results and conclusions.

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