This part-time programme provides the specialist skills and knowledge central to the conduct of professional statistical work in government. It is particularly suitable if you are employed in the UK Government Statistical Service or equivalent organisations overseas.
The modular structure allows you to tailor your scheme of study to other commitments. Once you have successfully completed 16 instructional modules for your Diploma, you may progress to work on your dissertation for the MSc. International students usually complete the Diploma in two years, while UK-based students usually take four years. You can also obtain a Certificate in Official Statistics if you successfully complete eight instructional modules. Teaching takes place at the University, and at the Office for National Statistics in London or Newport.
Duration: 24 years (part-time)
Assessment: Coursework and/or examination
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Most students are funded by their employer.