As part of their professional development, graduates employed in the Medical Statistics group as training grade Research Assistants are encouraged and funded to undertake an MSc in statistics. This is completed by distance learning, over two or three years, usually through the University of Sheffield.
"I studied mathematics with some statistics for my first degree. This prepared me for my current job but I am continually learning new things, developing my statistical knowledge and programming skills. This is helped by studying for an MSc in statistics by distance learning. I get time off work to study and I will be able to write a dissertation related to my work. There’s so much more to the job than number-crunching!”
Mayam Gomez Cano
“I joined the Medical Statistics group at the University of Plymouth in 2010 as a Research Assistant. From the beginning, I was provided with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of medical statistic projects. With a background in pure theoretical mathematics, I needed further training in statistics in order to be fully engaged in projects within the group. I am very grateful as my post gave me the opportunity to study an MSc part-time, while continuing to work and contribute to the Medical Statistics group, applying my increasing statistical knowledge. I believe this was a very effective, enjoyable and fast way of becoming a very active statistician.”
“My first degree was in mathematics from the University of Plymouth. My work in the Medical Statistics group is very interesting and varied, covering statistical research across a range of areas of medicine. At the same time, I am studying for a masters degree in statistics through the University of Sheffield, which really helps me with my day-to-day work.”
“I studied my first degree in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Plymouth before joining the Medical Statistics group in 2014 as a Research Assistant. In addition to my work on Down’s syndrome screening, I have had the opportunity to work on a range of engaging research projects. I completed my masters degree in statistics with medical applications in 2018 and I am now doing a PhD part-time. In May 2023, I was promoted to Research Fellow.”