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Designed for students from a wide range of quantitative backgrounds this programme will enhance and develop your skills in a broad range of statistics topics.

You will study modern statistical research methods applied to social science, medicine or biology aligned with interest in statistics. The programme will encompass research skills (such as critical appraisal of published research journal articles) and deep mathematical and statistical learning tools.

Highly desirable for those who want to pursue a career in statistics, this programme will equip you with a range of statistical skills, including problem-solving, project work and presentation, and prepare you for prominent roles in a wide spectrum of employment and research.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus


September 2018

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Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a Masters course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll be taught through lectures, classes, seminars and workshops in computer labs where you’ll work with your fellow students, supported by academic staff.

You will also be able to use the university’s online resources to support your study, including the e-learning portal where you can access course materials and develop discussions with your peers.

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.

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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.

You can find out more about our teaching staff and their specific areas of interest and expertise in the staff profiles section.

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

You will have access to the high computational and modelling mathematical lab and using the latest statistical software for Big Data and simulations.


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As a Masters student you will develop your research skills to a new and higher level. The research undertaken by our staff focuses on the development and application of statistical models to real-life problems from fields such as health, social science and medicine.

Examples of current and recent research include disease mapping, survival analysis and predictive modelling in contexts such as addressing health inequalities in both developed and developing countries along with evaluation of crime prevention strategies.

Our staff use their research expertise to inform their teaching to ensure that your learning is on the cutting edge of developments in the field of statistics.


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An MSc in statistics opens up a range of career options.

These include options from statistical consultancy to PhD studies and academic research.

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By the end of this course, you will have the skills necessary to follow statistical careers, within business, industry, universities or research institutes.

This course will also enable you to progress onto a PhD in Statistics.

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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 2018/19

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

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

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

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Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC




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Postgraduate Research
If you wish to apply for postgraduate research then please submit a research enquiry.

Application Deadlines 

Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding. Overseas students should submit applications to us by no later than 31 July for courses starting in early September or 1 December for courses that commence in January. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.

Graduate Teacher Training Courses
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by UCAS Teacher Training by the main application deadline, details of all deadlines can be found on the UTT website.

Law professional courses
For details about the selection and allocation process for the full-time Law Professional courses please see the relevant website. For the Legal Practice Course (LPC)/Common Professional Examination and the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) courses, and for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC and BPTC LLM)

 Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Master of Fine Art (MFA) We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.


Decision Making Process

Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process 

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.


Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051


International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

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The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview


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.


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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KC7018 -

Masters Project (Core, 60 Credits)

The module provides the opportunity to apply the concepts studied in the MMath degree to a problem with mathematical or real world application interest and do analytical and/or numerical exploration of this problem using mathematical techniques and models.

Outline Syllabus

This module will allow you to engender a spirit of enquiry into a practical or theoretical dissertation. The aim of this module is to provide the opportunity for students to work independently, under supervision of the project supervisor, on a project topic, research the background, develop the appropriate methodology, construct the model and apply to appropriate data (if necessary) to verify and evaluate the model performance. The project can be a theoretical or laboratory-based exercise. The module will include an aspect of research and critical appraisal; development of practical skills and/or discussion of results; and an opportunity to compose a written dissertation. The module will be assessed by viva and dissertation bringing out the key aspects of the project. The dissertation would vary with subject area but would typically be within the range 50 to 70 pages. A project plan should be completed as part of KC7023 Research Methods and Professional Practice module and should be available prior to starting the project.
Assessment of the module is written dissertation and oral Viva examination (70% and 30% respectively). Students will receive feedback on their Viva first; this will enable students to act on the feedback received. Feedback for the Dissertation will be given at the end of the semester.

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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, 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.

(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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