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Master of Science (Statistics)

This program is aimed at students who have an undergraduate degree which has a strong focus on statistics and/or mathematics. The purpose of the degree programme is to provide highly numerate students with a thorough knowledge of statistics. The MSc in Statistics provides training in both applied and theoretical statistics, and prepares the student well for a career as professional statisticians or as academicians. The course will equip you with a range of statistical skills, including problem-solving, project work and presentation, to enable you to take prominent roles in a wide spectrum of employment and research. Through research project, we introduce the students to the area of statistical research. Additionally you will learn how to use to a wide range of statistical softwares especially SPlus/R language.


Benefits

Statistical knowledge has become vital in a wide range of areas as data collection has become quicker, easier and cheaper. Social science, biological science, ecology, economics, banking, government, agriculture, medicine and political science are just a few areas in which statistical skills are required. The MSc in Statistics will enable you to work as a statistician either in an applied industrial environment or in a research capacity. Key beneficial skills you will learn include statistical method development, analysis of statistical output and statistical research skills. Additionally, working as a statistician typically involves working with computers and you will benefit by being exposed to popular statistical softwares.

Career Opportunity

Career prospects on completion of the MSc in Statistics are excellent. Many past students embarked on a research career by proceeding to study for a PhD in Statistics. Careers in industry are also plentiful and varied - a non-exhaustive list of current employers of past MSc in Statistics students include global telecommunication companies, government agencies and global financial institutions, pharmaceutical industry, internet companies and consulting firms, where there is a shortage of well-qualified statisticians.

Course Structure

COURSE MODULE (42 Credit Hours)

Core Courses (12 credits)

COURSE CODE
SUBJECT
CREDITS
SJGM6150 Statistical Inference
4
SJGM6151 Probability Theory
4
SJGM6170 Statistical Laboratory and Consultancy
4
SJGM6180 Research Project*
10
* The research project is assessed by an oral presentation, continuous assessment and a written report.

Elective courses (20 credits)
Please select five (5) subject only:
COURSE CODE
SUBJECT
CREDITS
SJGM6350 Multivariate Methods
4
SJGM6351 Stochastic Models
4
SJGM6352 Bayesian Statistics
4
SJGM6353 Statistical Decision
4
SJGM6354 Generalized Linear Models
4
SJGM6356 Survey Sampling
4
SJGM6357 Design of Experiments and Quality Engineering
4
SJGM6358 Statistical Time Series
4
SJGM6359 Statistical Data Analysis
4
SJGM6360 Risk Theory
4
SJGM6361 Stochastic Processes in Finance
4
SJGM6362 Stochastic Processes in Insurance
4
SJGM6363 Intensive Computational Methods
4
SJGM6364 Robust Statistics
4
SJGM6365 Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics
4
SJGM6366 Data Mining
4
SJGM6367 Survival Data Analysis
4
SJGM6368 Epidemiology Modeling
4
SJGM6369 Clinical Trial and Meta-Analysis
4

Courses are assessed by coursework assignments, mid-semester tests or a combination of both and by an end of semester examination.
Language Requirement

The medium of instruction is in English. International students required to attend and pass a basic course in Bahasa Melayu before the degree can be conferred.

Entry Requirement

Applicants should possess one of following:

1. Bachelor of Science with Hons (CGPA 3.00 and above) with a strong statistical background,or

2. Bachelor’s degree with a strong statistical background and with a minimum of one (1) year of relevant work experience in the related field; or

3. Any other qualifications approved by the University of Malaya’s Senate time to time.

** International students are required to achieved at least band 6 IELTS or a score of 550 TOEFL if they had obtained their Bachelor’s degree from a university in which the medium of instruction is other than English.

Intake Schedule

First Semester / September Intake

Second Semester / February Intake

Fees
Last Update: July 18, 2017

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