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M.Sc. in Applied Statistics
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:50

M.Sc. in Applied Statistics


The curricula of most science-based degrees do not give adequate coverage of designing experiments, analyses and interpretation of results. Even in social sciences the treatment of data collection methods and data analyses is dealt at a superficial level. Therefore, graduates most often do not possess basic skills of conducting research projects, which can withstand critical scientific scrutiny.

A knowledge of statistics is essential not only to analyse data, but more importantly at the designing stage of an experiment. It is essential that every institute that conducts research must have at least one qualified statistician (applied statistician or biometrician as the case may be).


The objective of this programme is to provide graduates who possess a knack for Mathematics, an adequate coverage of basic statistical theory, applications in design of experiments and surveys, data analysis and methods of presentation and interpretation of results. At the completion of this course the candidate will be able to fit in as an applied statistician in a research institute, planning institute or a government institute.


Applicants must possess a Bachelors degree or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the Postgraduate Institute of Science. Graduates who are not familiar with calculus, set theory and matrix algebra are expected to follow a pre-requisite course in mathematics. Graduate who have no basic knowledge in statistics are expected to follow the preliminary courses in statistics. Preliminary courses are non-credit courses. Depending on the courses followed at the degree level and on the recommendation of the advisor a candidate may be exempted from certain other courses.


Local candidates    Rs. 60,000/-
SAARC countries    US $ 2000/-
Other countries    US $ 4000/-


This is a full-time programme consisting of course work and a research project.   Course work will be conducted over a period of two semesters of 15 - weeks each (during weekends and/or weekdays) which will involve about 12 months. The entire programme duration will be about 15 - 18 months inclusive of further 3 - 6 months for the research project.  Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 24 credits of course work is required for the programme in addition to the six credits allocated for the full-time research project. Continuous attendance is compulsory during the period of research work.



Senior Assistant Registrar, 
Postgraduate Institute of Science 
P.O. Box 25,
University of Peradeniya, 
(Telephone: 081 - 2387542; 081 - 2385660)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2011 13:26

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