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Examination in Statistical Science for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course): Notice

On the recommendation of the Faculty Board of Mathematics, the subject Statistical Science has been approved by the General Board and the Board of Graduate Studies as a subject for further study and training in research for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course). The examination in this subject for the degree will replace the present examination for the Diploma in Mathematical Statistics. The regulations for the Diploma (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 512) are rescinded with effect from 1 October 1999; special regulations for the new examination for the M.Phil. Degree have been approved, with effect from 1 October 1998, as follows:
 1. The scheme of examination for the one-year course of study in Statistical Science for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of :
(a) not less than three written papers chosen by the candidate from the following list:
Paper 1. Statistical theory
Paper 2. Applied statistics
Paper 3. Probability
Paper 4. Mathematics of operations research
(b) such number of additional written papers, on subjects prescribed by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Mathematics, as shall be approved by the Degree Committee in the case of each individual candidate;
(c) a report, of not more than 12,000 words1 in length, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography, on a project approved by the Degree Committee.

 2. The examination may, at the discretion of the Examiners, include an oral examination on the project report and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls; such an oral examination may include questions relating to the written papers offered by the candidate.

1One A4 page consisting largely of statistics or symbols shall be regarded as the equivalent of 250 words.

The course of study leading to this examination will be as follows:

The course is intended for students holding a first degree in Mathematics or Mathematics and Statistics. Teaching will be by means of lectures and practical classes. Candidates will be required to take at least three out of the four core subjects Statistical Theory, Applied Statistics, Probability, and Mathematics of Operations Research; in addition, they will be able to take a number of optional subjects. All students will undertake an applied project as part of the course.

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Cambridge University Reporter 5727, 4th February 1998
Copyright © 1998 The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge.