Learn to design, analyse and interpret findings from health research.

  • Study online with expert statisticians at a leading health sciences university.
  • Develop statistical knowledge to use in your career.
  • Learn to interpret academic literature and gain a better appreciation of statistics in the world around you.

Join an online health statistics course that’s tailored to you. We’ll use examples relevant to your own profession or research question to enhance your understanding and skills.

Gain a strong career advantage as a researcher, health or related professional, with flexible study hours that fit around your work, location and personal commitments.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards any of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll study

Hardly a day goes by without new statistics in the media. The headlines may be eye-catching but, even if interpreted correctly, many of us have only the vaguest idea of how they’re produced.

You’ll find out how, and explore the potential, mechanics and limitations of statistics.

You’ll learn the statistical concepts involved in the design, analysis and interpretation of research in healthcare settings, covering data types and how data is presented.

You’ll look at:

  • how to summarise data
  • probability and probability distributions
  • the concept of sampling and statistical inference
  • a variety of hypothesis tests, both parametric and non-parametric correlation, and methods of agreement.

You’ll begin with ‘What is a variable?’ and examine different types of variable. We then build to a range of common statistical tests, and each is appropriate to answer different research questions.

If you’re embarking on a research career, you’ll learn how to:

  • do basic analysis of the data you’ve collected
  • critically analyse the results of other researchers
  • examine ever better ways to answer your research question.

This will give you a distinct career advantage in a highly competitive environment, for example, when you apply for funding for your research.

Why study applied statistics online with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Online learning

Applied Statistics is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your learning will be tailored to suit your research question or professional goals. Your tutors will frame examples that are familiar to you in your own profession, enhancing your understanding and ensuring your learning is always relevant to you.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • podcasts
  • multiple-choice questions
  • short online exercises
  • discussion boards with classmates and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

This course has weekly themes, with material released in three-week blocks to give you flexibility to suit your schedule.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced statisticians from our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, who work to support health research.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Build your learning

We have a range of online healthcare and medicine short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


You’ll gain a strong career advantage as a researcher, health or related professional with this course.

The statistical skills you’ll develop can help you pursue a career in research, apply for research funding or, for example, consider the relative benefits of different drugs and therapies as a clinician.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may also recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
23 January 2023
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