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Statistics is an exciting profession with a rapidly increasing remit. More and more professions, from the everyday to the exotic, depend on data and numerical reasoning. Data are not just numbers, but numbers that carry information about a specific setting and need to be interpreted in that setting. With the growth in the use of data comes a growing demand for the services of statisticians, although, as stated by the Royal Statistical Society, there is a lack of statisticians across all areas of applications in the UK and internationally. The need is especially pronounced in the finance, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. To help meet the demand for well trained statisticians, the School of Computing Sciences, in close collaboration with the School of Medicine and the School of Economics, offers a 1-year MSc Statistics. Students will have the ability to choose specialist pathways out of medical, financeinsurance or knowledge discovery. The programme will prepare you for employment across a range of industries and for further education through a PhD in order to pursue a career in industrial or academic research. The MSc Statistics is normally a 12-month full-time intensive course but may be studied part-time over 24 months. The course develops statistical thinking and provides training in the advanced aspects of statistical theory as well as an acquaintance with applications of statistics and exposure to practical problems. Particular attention is given to statistical computing, with a core module in the first semester, and exposure to R and SAS statistical programming languages throughout the course. The course is broadly divided into three parts. The first part is a set of core modules that are taught in the first semester. The second part comprises specialised pathways in either financial statistics, medical statistics or knowledge discovery and takes place in the second semester. This allows students to build on or broaden their existing knowledge. The third part of the course is a three-month research project that is written up in the form of a dissertation. Part-time students follow a similar structure, except that the modules are spread over four semesters plus two summers. ?SAS actively supports this new MSc Statistics degree and is delighted that the University of East Anglia is expanding its portfolio of statistics courses. The University of East Anglia's reputation for research excellence means that SAS customers in the financial services and pharmaceutical industries will know where to look for their recruitment needs.? Geoffrey Taylor, SAS Academic Programme Manager

Statistics is an exciting profession with a rapidly increasing remit. More and more professions, from the everyday to the exotic, depend on data and numerical reasoning. Data are not just numbers, but numbers that carry information about a specific setting and need to be interpreted in that setting. With the growth in the use of data comes a growing demand for the services of statisticians,...

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