Applied Statistics (MSc)Glenn McCreadie

After completing an undergraduate degree from the University of Glasgow, Glenn decided to join Strathclyde for postgraduate study. Read on to find out why he chose us...

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

For the majority of my undergraduate course, I had no idea of the path or industry I wished to pursue. This was only realised during the later stages of my course, particularly during the honours year when more focus was placed on statistical components of projects, opening my eyes to the real importance statistics bears in day to day life, including its weighing in the decision-making process for a range of industries. 

Following further research, primarily online, to discover what is entailed in being a statistician and the opportunities available to newly qualified graduates. It was apparent that there was a high demand which included job listings accessible to myself. This is now more of a rarity for many careers pursued by University students. 

Prior to applying for further education, I sought advice from former lecturers who recommended the University of Strathclyde, as they would provide a high quality of teaching. 

I was concerned about my chances of being accepted to a Postgraduate statistics course due to what I perceived to be a lack of in-depth formal statistical training, however, the MSc Applied Statistics at the University of Strathclyde accommodates for this and provided a solid foundation of learning with excellent student support throughout. 

My advice to students thinking of coming to Strathclyde: embrace the diversity of students and spend time getting to know everyone.

Why did you choose your course?

Being able to apply statistics to real-life scenarios particularly caught my attention as I really enjoyed applying my knowledge and skills to real-world problems, based on past experiences but in a biological context. The modules also appeared to be well balanced in regards to theoretical and practical elements of the learning process and this was highlighted by my current employer (a leading global Clinical Research Organisation). The course also offered a wide variety of optional courses to choose from which would help to tailor my experience helping to become more specialised and prepare myself for many fields of industry.

How did you find the application process?

The application process was very easy. I had applied for my MSc course via the University of Strathclyde website during the summer of 2018 and within the week I had also received a request to provide additional documentation to help progress my application. Staff who had reached out to myself were extremely helpful and informative, helping to guide my application. 

What’s the best thing about uni life at Strathclyde?

The University of Strathclyde offers a fantastic social life with an excellent committee which listens to what the students are looking for, as was shown with the abolishment of the graduation fee which we all benefited from.