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MT3507 Mathematical Statistics

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:11.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed & Fri

Together with MT3508, this module provides a bridge between second year and Honours modules in statistics. It will provide students with a solid theoretical foundation on which much of more advanced statistical theory and methods are built. This includes probability generating functions and moment generating functions, as well as widely used discrete distributions (binomial, Poisson, negative binomial and multinomial) and continuous distributions (gamma, exponential, chi-squared, beta, t-distribution, F-distribution, and multivariate normal). It will also provide a foundation in methods of statistical inference (maximum likelihood and Bayesian) and model selection methods based on information theory (AIC and BIC).

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for BSc/MA Statistics degrees (both single and joint Honours) and for MMath Statistics

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

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT2508
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT3606
UG Modules required for:MT4501, MT4531, MT4537, MT4606, MT4609, MT5701, MT5751

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 hours of lectures and 1 tutorial.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 90%, Class Test = 10%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof S T Buckland
Module teaching staff:Prof S T Buckland