Maths students workingDuration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides outstanding training both in theoretical and applied statistics, with sufficient flexibility to allow you to develop your own specialist interests,providing depth and exposure to a diverse range of statistical applications and methods.

About the course


Statistical ideas and tools are used in almost all employment sectors, including banking and finance, government, medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and internet companies.

This one-year full-time programme provides outstanding training both in theoretical and applied statistics, with sufficient flexibility to allow you to develop your own specialist interests.

The course will equip you with a range of statistical skills, including problem-solving, project work and presentation, to enable you to take prominent roles in a wide spectrum of employment and research.


Our MSc in Statistics is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

  • Applied Statistics
  • Computational Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Statistical Inference
  • Probability for Statistics
  • Research Project

Optional modules

Group 1

You choose at least four optional modules from below.

  • Advanced Statistical Theory
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Further Topics in Statistics
  • Graphical Models
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Statistics
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Non-parametric Smoothing and Wavelets
  • Official Statistics
  • Pricing and Hedging in Financial Markets
  • Principles of Bayesian Inference
  • Sequential Monte Carlo
  • Statistical Bioinformatics and Genetics
  • Statistics for Extreme Events
  • Statistics in Retail Finance
Group 2

You choose no more than two optional modules from below.

  • Algorithmic Trading and Machine Learning
  • Computational Stochastic Processes
  • Quantitative Methods in Retail Finance
  • Survival Models and Actuarial Applications with Advanced Study
  • Time Series with Advanced Study

Teaching and assessment


  • Dissertation
  • Group tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Modern statistical computing skills
  • Office hours
  • Oral presentation and assessment
  • Problem classes
  • Practical computational sessions
  • Research seminars
  • Virtual learning environment


  • Assessed coursework/tests
  • Enhanced coursework assessments
  • Oral presentation
  • Written examinations
  • Written project

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in statistics, mathematics or a related subject, such as engineering, physics or computer science. Some programming experience (e.g. R, Matlab, Python, C) is strongly preferred.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

Additional information

There is no GMAT or GRE requirement.

We cannot comment on the eligibility of applicants without seeing a full application form along with references and transcripts. Successful applicants must be able to meet all conditions of their offer, including the English language requirement below, before the course begins.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply onlineFor full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

2017 application deadlines

We consider applications for the MSc in Statistics in three rounds. The deadline for each round is in bold: 

Round 1: October – 11 January 2017 Decisions will be communicated to successful and unsuccessful applicants in February 2017.

Round 2: 12 January – 29 March 2017 Decisions will be communicated to successful and unsuccessful applicants in May 2017.

Round 3: 30 March – 14 June 2017 Decisions will be communicated to successful and unsuccessful applicants in July 2017.

If your application is received after a round’s deadline, it will be considered in the next round.

Applications received after the Round 3 deadline will be considered on a rolling basis until the programme is full. 

Whilst we aim to provide an outcome to your application in the time-frame described above, delay in receiving your two references may result in the decision on your application being delayed. 


You may be asked for a short interview (in person or via Skype) as part of the application process. These will normally be reserved for more mature applicants who have been out of education for a significant period of time or those who do not come from a background in Mathematics or Statistics. 

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.