UK - University of Southampton

Document date: 
Wednesday, 22 July, 2015

Name of the Master programme

MSc in Official Statistics


University of Southampton

Contact person

Paul Smith

Luna Hernandez A.

Contact email address



Short description of the Master programme

The programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to the conduct of professional statistical work in government. The primary target audience comprises those currently employed in the UK government statistical services or equivalent organisations overseas.

The programme aims to strengthen and update your professional skills and knowledge. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside government and the programme provides relevant training for professional positions in a wide range of organisations conducting large-scale statistical work.

Web page of the Master programme


Entrance criteria (note of Bachelor degree, language, other)

It is normally expected that you will have the equivalent of at least a second-class honours degree, with some exposure to statistical methods (e.g. in geography, psychology, population sciences, economics/econometrics, statistics, mathematics), and that you will usually be employed in the area of official statistics. In some circumstances, previous relevant professional experience will be taken into consideration.

Students who have a degree with no statistical content will be required to show that they have the necessary background knowledge to the level of the Royal Statistical Society Higher Certificate in Statistics.

In addition, an introductory revision module covering basic mathematics and statistics is run every September to help students prepare for postgraduate study. Attendance on this module is an entry requirement.

If your first language is not English, you are required to show evidence of fluency in English.


1 year (full time) or up to 4 years (part time).

Number of ECTS

90 for Masters in Official Statistics, with an additional 30 for EMOS

Cooperation partner in Official Statistics

UK Office for National Statistics

Start date