University of Glasgow: Biostatistics

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Mathematics and Statistics
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


This Masters in Biostatistics will provide you with knowledge and experience of the principles, theory and practical skills of statistics; previous study of statistics is not required.
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**


- The Statistics Group at Glasgow is a large group, internationally renowned for its research excellence.

- Our Statistics MSc programmes benefit from close links lecturers have with industry and non-governmental organisations such as NHS and SEPA.

- Our expertise spans topics including: biostatistics and statistical genetics; environmental statistics; statistical methodology; statistical modelling and the scholarship of learning and teaching in statistics.

- You will develop a thorough grasp of statistical methodology, before going on to apply statistical skills to solve real-life problems.

- You will be equipped with the skills needed to begin a career as a professional statistician; previous study of statistics is not required.


Modes of delivery of the Masters across the Statistics programmes include lectures, laboratory classes, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

**Core courses (compulsory)**
- Bayesian statistics

- Biostatistics

- Data Analysis skills

- Generalised linear models

- Introduction to R programming

- Probability 1

- Regression models

- Statistical inference 1

- Statistics project and dissertation.

**Optional courses (five chosen, but at least one course must be from Group 1)
Group 1**
- Data management and analytics using SAS

- Design of experiments

- Functional data analysis

- Spatial statistics

- Statistical genetics

- Time series

- Big data analytics

- Clinical trials: principles and methods

Any student who, in the course of study for his or her first degree, has already completed the equivalent of the Probability and/or Statistical inference courses can substitute these courses by any other optional course (including optional courses offered as part of the MRes in Advanced Statistics). The choice of substituting courses is subject to approval by the Programme Director.

**Summer (May – August)**
Statistics project and dissertation (60) - applying statistical methods and modelling to data collected from research in a biomedical discipline, assessed by a dissertation.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our graduates have an excellent track record of gaining employment in many sectors including medical research, the pharmaceutical industry, finance and government statistical services, while others have continued to a PhD.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to work for the NHS and companies such as Nss and Quintilesims.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
  • 95.9% of students in employment or ...

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