University Courses

To work as a medical statistician, most companies require at least an MSc in Statistics, or an MSc with a significant statistical component, or a relevant subject. To work as a statistical programmer, most companies require at least a BSc in Mathematics or Statistics or a relevant subject.  Exact educational requirements can vary by company, so we would always recommend checking the job description for each role to confirm what qualifications are required.

Below are some useful links and information about university courses:


Before doing an MSc, you will need to complete an undergraduate degree. Consider searching for BSc degrees in “Mathematics” or “Statistics” or similar subject areas e.g. a combined degree.  It is also worth considering whether the course offers the opportunity to do a placement year. For more information about student placements click here.

The following websites are good places to start your search:

Are you interested in doing a placement whilst at University? Read about the experiences of placement students and see what placements are available here.


Consider searching for MSc degrees in “Statistics” or “Medical Statistics” or similar subject areas e.g. biostatistics, applied statistics or statistics with medical applications. 

The following websites are good places to start your search:


Alternatively, you could consider completing a Medical Statistician Level 7 (MSc integrated) Apprenticeship, which enables BSc qualified employees, to study towards an MSc in Medical Statistics, whilst they work on the job. Read more about apprenticeships here

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