Other course providers


In addition to our Professional Development Centre, other training providers run programmes that may be of interest to statisticians. The list here is not exhaustive, and inclusion in it does not imply endorsement by us.

Our list of universities that provide part-time and distance learning MSc programmes only shows those universities that have asked to be included in it.

A full list of all MSc programmes in statistics is available on the Committee of Professors of Statistics website.

General information for members considering studying for a postgraduate degree is available on our careers pages.

Training providers

Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland provides a variety of training courses in statistics, mainly for biological and life sciences. We have a programme of courses at our own sites, and can also provide customised in-house training elsewhere.

Courses in Applied Social Surveys (CASS) provides short courses for academic social scientists and applied researchers in government, market research and the independent and voluntary sectors. The programme covers topics in survey design and implementation, survey sampling, data collection and data analysis methods.

Caulcutt Associates offers training and consultancy in applied statistics, performance improvement and human dynamics. ‘Consultancy skills for statisticians’ would be of particular interests to our members.

Codeclan is Scotland’s first and only SQA accredited digital skills academy is on a mission to help bridge the digital skills gap in Scotland’s growing tech industry. Its range of industry-relevant digital training courses is helping to transform the careers of hundreds of professionals across Scotland and delivering a steady pipeline of talent to its growing network of employer partners.

EML Learning deliver several courses on behalf of the Economic Statistics Working Group, which is co-organised by the Royal Statistical Society. RSS members are entitled to a discount - typically £100 a day (plus VAT) - when booking these courses.

Imperial College London (ICL), Statistical Advisory Service provide courses in SPSS, Stata, Matlab, clinical trials and R. The college also provides statistical advice on a one-to-one consultation basis.

IntrepiData provides Excel VBA and statistical training courses and solutions. Courses are delivered throughout the country or at client sites.

Jumping Rivers, a provider of R, Scala, and Stan training and consultancy, run courses both in-house and at select venues throughout Europe. Please quote the offer code RSS to receive a 5% discount on course fees.

Lancaster University, Postgraduate Statistics Centre offers a range of short courses and masterclasses on statistical methodology and statistical software for continuing professional development for statisticians and those wishing to improve their quantitative skills from other disciplines.

PSI (Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a forum for discussion of statistics and promotion of good statistical practice within the pharmaceutical industry.

SAGE Campus is a series of online data science courses for social scientists. Its courses have been developed with social science academic experts to ensure that they equip researchers with data science skills that are relevant and up to date. RSS members save 25%.

SAS offers a wide range of analytical powers with capabilities such as data mining, predictive and descriptive modelling, forecasting, simulation and optimisations. SAS analytical courses run regularly and can be customised to suit individual requirements.

Statistical Horizons provides public, two-day and five-day seminars that cover a wide range of topics in statistics, from introductory statistics (using R) to advanced topics like multilevel modeling. Many seminars are on topics that are often not included in graduate curricula, like missing data and propensity score methods. Statistical Horizons has established a reputation for providing outstanding training in statistics for researchers working in academia, business, non-profit organizations, and government. The majority of seminars are held in downtown Philadelphia but courses are also held in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC in the USA.

Statistical Services and Consultancy Unit (SSCU), University of Hertfordshire runs a regular series of short courses in statistics ranging from those suitable for beginners to those aimed at advanced users. It can also design and run bespoke courses for organisations.

Statistical Services Centre Ltd offers training and consultancy to a range of clients, from relatively inexperienced users of statistics through to experienced statisticians.

The Statistical Services Unit (SSU), University of Sheffield provides consultancy and professional training in pharmaceutical, medical, industrial and government areas of statistics.

The OR Society runs a comprehensive portfolio of short courses on analytics and operational research. All courses are held at their offices in Birmingham.

University of Bristol, Department of Social Medicine offers a short course programme that provides training in the basic disciplines of epidemiology and health services research for healthcare practitioners and researchers.

University College London, Centre for Applied Statistics Courses (CASC) provides short courses for anyone that requires an understanding of research methods and statistical analyses, to either interpret published research or undertake their own research studies. Extensive notes are provided for all courses, and teaching is interspersed with practical examples and activities throughout the day(s) to ensure that everyone has understood the key principles.

University of Southampton provides a course call Professional development in official statistics. This programme of short modules is run in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics and provides specialist skills and knowledge that are central to professional statistical work within government. Modules include survey methods, sample design and estimation, data analysis and the analysis of complex surveys, demographic methods and economic statistics.

University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education offers a range of short courses aimed at professionals from the biosciences, healthcare, pharmaceutical and business sectors as well as a range of statistical courses.

MSc programmes in statistics available by part-time study or distance learning:

Lancaster University Postgraduate Statistics Centre offers

  • MSc in statistics with pathways in
    • medical statistics  
    • pharmaceutical statistics
    • environmental statistics intended for students wanting to become professional statisticians
  • MSc in quantitative methods with pathways in
    • scientific research methods
    • crime and social statistics
    • statistical methods for health research
    • teaching statistics (by distance-learning)

Intended for students wishing to improve their analytical skills from any background, these programmes are available part time over periods of two to five years.

University of Sheffield School of Mathematics and Statistics offers three MSc courses in statistics that can be studied via distance learning. The courses provide practical-based professional training, part-time over two or three years, to students with a good first degree in mathematics/statistics. The courses have Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding to cover tuition fees.