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MT2508 Statistical Inference

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

This module provides an introduction to the mathematical models of randomness. These models are used to perform statistical analysis, where the aim is to evaluate our uncertainty on a certain quantity after observing data. Important topics in statistics are described including maximum likelihood estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, permutation tests, and linear regression. It forms a prerequisite for the statistics modules in the Honours programme. It is recommended that students in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity take an even number of the 15-credit 2000-level MT modules.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all MMath programmes. Compulsory for all BSc/MA Statistics programmes. Compulsory for all single and joint Honours BSc Management Science programmes.

Optional for all other undergraduate programmes in the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT2504
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT2004 or EC2003
UG Modules required for:MT3507, MT3508, MT3606, MT3607, MT4113, MT4527, MT4530, MT4607, MT4608, MT4614

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 hours of lectures (x 10 weeks), 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks), 1-hour examples class (x 5 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 70%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 30%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 70%, Coursework = 30%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr H Worthington
Module teaching staff:Dr H Worthington