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MSc Medical Statistics

Overview
Overview - Medical Statistics
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Academic year 2021/22

All our intensive MSc programmes will offer a mix of online and on campus teaching during the 2021/22 academic year.

This means that each programme will involve an element of module level teaching on campus and students will be required to attend part of the programme in person. Within a programme, some modules may be online only, others may combine online and campus teaching.

The fact that there are likely to be ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions in place means that the proportion of online teaching delivery - provided through a combination of synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous (recordings, independent study, individual exercises, etc.) activities - is going to be larger than what can realistically be delivered in person on campus. Please check our Applicants and Offer Holders FAQs.

Online option for the MSc Medical Statistics: For those of you who are not in a position to travel to London, the programme team is happy to explore the possibility of your studies being facilitated entirely online. In order for this to be put in place, you will need to contact the Programme Director before you apply to agree an individual study plan. Please note that teaching sessions (many shared across multiple programmes) are being scheduled between 9am-5.30pm UK time. It is also possible that not all optional modules will be available to you as some in person contact may be required. 

The programme

The programme trains students from a variety of academic backgrounds to work as statisticians in various sectors including higher education, research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, central government and national health services. It provides training in the theory and practice of statistics with special reference to clinical trials, epidemiology and clinical or laboratory research.

Medical statisticians play a vital role in creating impact in global health and development. Their job involves the design of local, national, and global clinical studies, analysing data and interpreting results to identify the causes of a given disease, as well as measuring performance outcomes of hospitals and other organisations to gauge the health and wellbeing of populations on a large scale.

There is a shortage of well-trained medical statisticians and graduates from this programme are in high demand; employment opportunities are numerous and varied.

Duration: one year full-time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.

Medical Statistics

Description

Watch staff and students talk about the programme.

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Gavin Reilly, Ireland
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Gavin Reilly, Ireland
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"Obtaining this Master's at the School has put me in a position where I can choose a job I really feel I would enjoy, opening up a huge amount of possibilities."

Why this course?

Medical Statistics (or Biostatistics) is essential in both identifying the factors that cause disease, finding methods for epidemic prevention in future, and improving health services and public health.

Why this course? MSc Medical Statistics
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The Department of Medical Statistics carried out the BRAIN study, a major investigation into the effects of the sport on brain health, in which former England rugby players took part.

Why study the MSc Medical Statistics at LSHTM?

  • Gain practical, computer-based skills and broad theoretical knowledge
  • Be prepared for immediate entry into the world of work; “hit the ground running” in your career.
  • Identify, explore and deepen your personal interests
  • Be exposed to different areas of medical statistics, including Advanced Statistical Modelling and Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Learn to select and apply appropriate statistical methods for analysing data
  • Communicate effectively with other statisticians and the wider medical community
  • Learn to present results of statistical analyses through written and oral presentations
  • Learn to use a wide range of software packages


What are my career prospects as a medical statistician?

There is a shortage of well-trained medical statisticians and graduates from this programme are in high demand; employment opportunities are numerous and varied.

LSHTM Graduates of the MSc Medical Statistics typically pursue careers in:

  • Medical and epidemiological research
  • Research councils
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Governmental institutions (such as the Health Protection Agency and the World Health Organization)
  • Ministries of health
  • Academia
  • National health services
  • Contract research organisations

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Why choose LSHTM?

  • LSHTM is a specialist public health institution, renowned all over the world for its research excellence and prestigious postgraduate study programmes
  • We consistently rank highly in various global university league tables, and have a strong academic and media presence worldwide
  • The international character of LSHTM contributes significantly to the quality and range of its teaching and training: our students come from over 155 countries, with over 60% from outside the UK
  • Our global graduate network of over 20,000 actively engaged alumni and international research collaborations create fantastic networking opportunities for students.

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Objectives
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By the end of this programme students should be able to:

  • select appropriate study designs to address questions of medical relevance
  • select and apply appropriate statistical methods for analysing data typically encountered in medical applications, including binary, categorical, count, quantitative data; survival data; hierarchical data; data affected by measurement error and missingness
  • use a range of software packages to: organise and manage datasets; carry out statistical analysis; construct tables and figures; create programs to provide problem specific solutions
  • interpret correctly the results of statistical analyses and critically evaluate the use of statistics in the medical literature (v) Communicate effectively with other statisticians and the wider medical community, including the ability to present results of statistical analyses through written and oral presentations
  • understand the principles behind statistical methods to allow future adoption and appreciation of new methodology, to develop problem specific solutions to new problems, and to provide a basis for the understanding of limitations and issues surrounding currently used methods
Structure
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The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Programme and module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Structure of the year

Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks for AB1 slot modules, plus one Reading Week* in the middle of the term. Followed by the Winter break.

Term 2 (January - March) consists of a further ten weeks of teaching for C and D slot modules, plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. C modules are taught in five half-week blocks before Reading Week. D modules are taught in five half-week blocks after Reading Week. Followed by the Spring break.

Term 3 (April - September) consists of five weeks of teaching for E slot modules, taught in half-week blocks, revision time, examinations and the project report.

*Reading Week is a week during term where no formal teaching takes place. It is a time for private study, preparing for assessments or attending study/computer skills workshops. There are two Reading Weeks at LSHTM: one in November and the other in February.

Term 1

All students take five compulsory AB1 modules:

  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Foundations of Medical Statistics
  • Introduction to Statistical Computing
  • Robust Statistical Methods
Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Director - see module availability chart (2020/21) (xls).

C1 slot

  • Generalised Linear Models (compulsory)

C2 slot

  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory)

D1 slot

  • Analysis of Hierarchical and Other Dependent Data

D2 slot

  • Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics (compulsory)

E slot

  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Advanced Statistical Modelling
Project report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project, for submission by early September. This usually consists of analysing a set of data and writing a report, but methodological research can also be undertaken.

Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year. 

Prize

The Andrew Hewett Prize is founded in memory of Andrew Hewett, an alumnus of LSHTM, and awarded to the best student on the programme.

Changes to the course
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Changes to the programme

LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements
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The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

For the MSc Medical Statistics it is preferred that students should normally have obtained a mathematically-based first degree which includes some statistics. Graduates from other fields who have quantitative skills and some familiarity with statistical ideas may also apply.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

As part of the admissions process all suitable applicants will be invited to interview. Applicants who live overseas will be offered a Skype or telephone interview and those who live in the UK will be invited to the School. We are also happy to interview UK applicants by Skype or telephone if preferred, due to work or study commitments.

Admissions FAQs

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School

Fees & funding
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Fees 2021/22    
Home Full-time £10,990
  Part-time £5,495
EU/Overseas Full-time £25,410
  Part-time £12,705
Careers
Careers - MSc Medical Statistics
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There is a shortage of well-trained medical statisticians and graduates from this course are in high demand. Graduates typically pursue careers in medical and epidemiological research, the pharmaceutical industry and various governmental institutions.

Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered after graduating:

Example job titles:

Biostatistician
Clinical Programmer
Consultant
Fellow in Medical Statistics
Marketing Analyst
Medical Doctor
Medical Statistician
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Public Health Consultant
Quantitative Epidemiologist
Research Fellow
Data Manager

Example organisations:

Amnesty International
Cancer Research UK
Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU)
GlaxoSmithKline
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Medical Research Council
Ministry of Health
MRC Biostatistics Unit
National Collaborating Centre for Women's & Children's Health
Numerus Ltd
Veramed
Infectious Diseases Institute
Novartis

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Graduate Careers & Destinations
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Want to read more about our graduate careers and destinations? Take a look at our infographics on our Graduate Careers & Destinations page.

Hear from a MSc Medical Statistics student

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Lori describes her experience of studying the MSc Medical Statistics at LSHTM.

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Lori Cirneanu, MSc Medical Statistics
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"I have enjoyed the balance between the statistical modules and the medical ones, the friendliness and approachability of the staff and course mates, and the fact that most of the practicals in statistics are computer-based, which helped us prepare better for a more applied career in medical statistics."

How to Apply
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Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.

Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

You can apply for up to two master's. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.

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Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.

We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2021/22 academic year is:

  • Sunday 27 June 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
  • Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students

Application fee

A standard application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission. 

Tuition fee deposit

Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission and pay the £500 deposit within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.

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Do you need a visa?

Please visit our Visa & Immigration pages for advice and guidance.