Medical Statistics (pre-course info)

Welcome week

In addition to School-wide sessions, there will be a specific introduction to the MSc Medical Statistics. Further sessions during the week will introduce you to the staff, MSc and LSHTM, as well as some introductory lectures. For those who haven’t studied maths for a while there will be a refresher session. There are gaps in the welcome week timetable in case you need to arrange housing, banking etc.

Please note that all new students, including those studying part-time, are expected to attend this first week in full.

Programme handbook

Coming soon

Please note that the teaching is intensive and we advise full-time students not to do paid work for more than six hours per week.

Reading list

We suggest that you buy only one of the recommended books. Other textbooks may be recommend for different modules throughout the year.

Practical Statistics for Medical Research. Altman, Chapman and Hall, 1990, ISBN: 0412276305

Statistical Methods in Medical Research. Armitage, Berry and Matthews, Fourth Edition, Blackwell, 2001, ISBN: 9780632052578

Biostatistics: A Methodology for the Health Sciences. Van Belle, Fisher, Heagerty and Lumley, Second Edition, Wiley, 2004, ISBN: 978-0471031857

Essential Medical Statistics. Kirkwood and Sterne, Second Edition, Blackwell, 2003, ISBN: 9780865428713

Revision documents

- Matrix (pdf)
- Probability (pdf)
- Functions and calculus (pdf)

Information for new part-time students

You will attend the MSc two days per week – Monday and Tuesday during the first year and Thursday and Friday in the second year, though this may vary in Terms 2 and 3 depending on your module selection. More details will be given during the welcome week, but also feel free to email the Programme Administrator at if you have any questions ahead of then.

Information for returning part-time students

Please take a look at the timetable for welcome week. Welcome week is optional for second year part-time students, although we strongly recommend that you attend the welcome lunch and the staff-student introduction to get to know the new students.

There will be a social event later in the week to which you are warmly invited – again this would be a good opportunity to get to know the new students.

There will also be a farewell event for the outgoing students on the day of the project submission deadline. Please do come along and say goodbye to them.

Page last updated April 2020