Skip navigation to content

Case Study: Richard

Personal details
Degree:BSc (Hons) Statistics Profile picture
School(s): School of Mathematics and Statistics
Year of Graduation:Jun-2007
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Cambridge University
Job title: Research Assistant (Medical Statistician)
Occupational Sector: Statistics
What has been your route to getting your current position?

A one-year postgraduate MSc degree in Statistics (with Medical Statistics emphasis) at Lancaster University.

What does your job involve ?

Mainly statistical consultancy work for medical researchers in Cambridge and the Eastern Region. Most of my job involves advising doctors and other medical professionals about the statistical aspects of their research. I also analyse their data for them if required.

What are the best bits of your job ?

The variety of work is really good. I have the opportunity to get involved in projects from many different medical areas and use different methodologies. I also have contact with a varied range of people from student doctors to research professors.

Why were you successful?
A post-graduate degree in statistics was essential to obtaining my current job.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
The mathematical statistics from my undergraduate degree provided an excellent foundation for my subsequent MSc degree and for my job currently.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
If students are interested in a career in statistics I would advise them to apply for a Masters degree or obtain a PhD in Statistics. This would make them very employable. Working for a university is great because I can work quite flexible hours and the atmosphere is generally quite relaxed. I have no experience of working in business or industry, but I am not sure the same can be said in that context.