What qualifications are typically required?
An undergraduate degree with a quantitative component is normally a minimum requirement. As well as degrees in statistics, or involving a substantial statistics component, recent recruitment has also been strong from people with social science degrees who then complete appropriate Masters degrees before taking up employment Such degrees might be in Statistics or specifically in Medical Statistics, or perhaps in Epidemiology or Health Informatics. General information about all MSc courses in all areas of statistics, including medical statistics, is available on the internet.
Please see also the general information on our prospective postgraduates page which will be helpful if you are thinking of following any such course.
There is currently a considerable shortage of numerate graduates. Prospective employees without the required qualifications are therefore sometimes being appointed and trained on the job as part of professional development.