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.
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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."
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.
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.
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
- National health services
- Contract research organisations
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.
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 techniques for managing common types of medical data
- use various software packages for statistical analysis and data management
- interpret the results of statistical analyses and critically evaluate the use of statistics in the medical literature
- communicate effectively with statisticians and the wider medical community, in writing and orally through presentation of results of statistical analyses
- explore current and anticipated developments in medical statistics
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
All students take five compulsory modules:
- Foundations of Medical Statistics
- Introduction to Statistical Computing (Stata/SAS/R)
- Clinical Trials
- Basic Epidemiology
- Robust Statistical Methods
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.
- Generalised Linear Models (compulsory)
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory)
- Analysis of Hierarchical & Other Dependent Data*
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
- Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
- Social Epidemiology
- Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics (compulsory)
- Advanced Statistical Modelling*
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
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.
Changes to the course
The School will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the School to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
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.
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
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
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:
Fellow in Medical Statistics
Public Health Consultant
- Example organisations:
Cancer Research UK
Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Medical Research Council
Ministry of Health
MRC Biostatistics Unit
National Collaborating Centre for Women's & Children's Health
Infectious Diseases Institute
"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."
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.
The final closing date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:
- 2 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
- 23 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
Do you need a visa?
If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.
For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.
Students from outside the EEA
All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.
If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.
If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.