Medical Statistics (G1120)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Topics include:

  • logistic regression, fitting and interpretation
  • survival times (Kaplan-Meier estimate, log-rank test, Cox proportional hazard model)
  • designing medical research
  • clinical trials (phases I-IV, randomised double-blind controlled trial, ethical issues, sample size, early stopping)
  • observational studies (prospective/retrospective, longitudinal/cross-sectional)
  • analysis of categorical data (relative risk, odds ratio, McNemar's test, meta-analysis (Mantel-Haenszel method))
  • diagnostic tests (sensitivity and specificity; receiver operating characteristic)
  • standardised mortality rates.


85%: Lecture
15%: Practical


20%: Coursework (Report, Test)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 36 hours of contact time and 114 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: