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Short courses in Statistics and Official Statistics

A short course in Statistics is ideal for those looking for careers in logistics or as statisticians.

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Introducing your course

Do you want to boost your skills and update your professional knowledge in Official Statistics? Apply for a short course at the University of Southampton. The courses are modules from the MSc in Official Statistics, designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to conducting professional statistical work within government. They can be taken as standalone short courses for Continuing Professional Development and successful completion will improve your proficiency as a government statistician.

Overview

To gain maximum benefit from the courses, you should take the assessements (worth 10 CATS points if you pass), allowing at least seven working days for each. Each course is taught during one week. Some follow four days of full-time study over Monday to Thursday, while others use all five days for formal teaching.

Formal teaching includes lectures, discussion sessions with the presenters, time for private study and, for certain courses, computer-based workshops. There will also be an opportunity for you to continue with private study on the Friday for the four-day courses, with access to computing and library facilities as required. The presenter will provide a feedback session on the Friday to discuss any issues arising from your private study.

Two further days will be needed to complete coursework and/or take an examination towards the end of the University semester.

The four additional days of coursework/examinations are optional, and some people may choose to just attend the formal part of the course, attending the lectures and workshops. However, CATS points will only be awarded to those who successfully complete the formal assessments. There is only one course price for the seven days of study; no discounts are available to those who only attend the formal teaching days.

Programme Structure

Most advanced modules have prerequisites. Those taking modules for professional development (with or without CATS points) do not necessarily need to have taken the specified modules but will be required to demonstrate that they have the required skills and experience to take the module. We recommend that you study the required prerequisites.

Professional development with CATS points is the best mode for those who are interested in particular modules. You register for the modules you are interested in and undertake the specified assessment (coursework, exam, or a combination of both) with the MSc students. This allows flexibility, while ensuring that you get the most from the modules. Up to six modules (30 ECTS or 60 CATS) can be used towards the MSc if students subsequently apply. Claims for the consideration of prior certificated learning will be considered based on credit that was obtained no more than three years previously. Other institutions may also allow them to contribute towards their postgraduate courses in statistics.

Key Facts

All modules can be attended on a standard short-course basis without taking the formal assessment.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Please complete the online CPD registration form in the How to apply section. 

Most advanced modules have prerequisites. Those taking modules for professional development (with or without CATS points) do not necessarily need to have taken the specified modules, but they will be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience to take the module. Study of the required prerequisites is recommended.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Professional development: all modules can be attended on a standard short-course basis without undertaking the formal assessment.

Professional development with CATS points: this is the best mode for those who are interested in particular modules. You will register for the modules you are interested in and undertake the specified assessment (coursework, exam, or a combination of both) with the MSc students. This allows flexibility, while ensuring that you get the most from the modules. Up to four modules of CATS points can be used towards an MSc if you subsequently apply. Other institutions may also allow them to contribute towards their postgraduate courses in statistics.

European Masters in Official Statistics (EMOS)

The European Union has started a masters accreditation in official statistics. The University of Southampton’s MSc in Official Statistics has been approved, and to qualify for EMOS you need to (a) complete MOffStat; (b) complete two additional modules; and (c) write a reflective essay on a placement in a Statistical Office, which will normally be covered by your MOffStat dissertation, as long as it is on a work-related topic.

These courses may also be taken as a standalone CPD courses.

EMOS modules

Official Statistics in a European Context

Administrative Data in Official Statistics

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Study locations

Hartley Library

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