HKU HKU Dept of Statistics & Actuarial Science, HKU

Master of Statistics (2024 Admission)

 Aims and Features

Launched in 1987, the degree of Master of Statistics (MStat) is a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time programme. Since 1989, around 1000 students have graduated from the MStat programme, working in various industries, including banking and finance, risk management, healthcare, marketing or scientific research, governmental statistical services, and other professions which require the expertise of data analytics.

This programme is designed to provide rigorous training in the principles and practices of statistics. It emphasises applications and aims to prepare candidates for further studies, research, consulting work and administration in various fields through computer-aided and hands-on experience.

     Study Programme Admission figures in 2023-24
     Master of Statistics (Full time) 70
     Master of Statistics (Part time) 7
Updated on 1 September, 2023

 Graduate Statistician (GradStat) and Quality Mark of Royal Statistical Society (RSS)


The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has been awarded the status of an Accredited University by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) since December 2023. The RSS accreditation provides reassurance that the teaching, learning and assessment within the accredited programme is of high quality and meets the needs of students and employers.

Upon completion of the Master of Statistics (MStat) programme at HKU and application to RSS via the standard route, graduates are qualified to become a Graduate Statistician (GradStat) designated by RSS (link).

In addition, the RSS has awarded individual HKU courses with the RSS Quality Mark (link), a recognition that these courses teach good statistical literacy. Students who have passed these courses are deemed to have met the academic requirements of the RSS Data Analyst award (link).


 Admission Information

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 Reimbursable Courses by Continuing Education Fund (CEF)*

STAT6013 Financial Data Analysis (42Z153737)
STAT7008 Programming for Data Science (42Z153745)
STAT8003 Time Series Forecasting (42Z153753)
STAT8007 Statistical methods in economics and finance(42Z153575)
STAT8017 Data mining techniques(42Z153583)
STAT8019 Marketing Analytics(42Z12186A)

Six courses in the programme have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the CEF. All CEF applicants are required to attend at least 70% of the courses before they are eligible for fee reimbursement.

*The mother programme (Master of Statistics) of these courses is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).


 Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

Master of Statistics (MStat) is one of the Programmes sponsored by University Grants Committee (UGC) for Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme. Local full-time or part-time offer recipients who will be students of MStat in the academic year 2024-25 are eligible for application, and applicants are required to prepare a proposal on how they can contribute to the priority areas (i.e. Business and STEM) of Hong Kong after completing MStat. More application details will be released to the eligible candidates by email in due course.

Successful applicants will each receive an award of HK$120,000. Please note that if the awardees cannot complete MStat for any reasons or are not able to obtain satisfactory results, they will be required to refund the full amount of the award.



*To be approved by the University


 Target Admission Number

The Programme plans to admit approximately 70 full-time students and 20 part-time students for the academic year 2024-25.


 Graduate / Student Sharing



From 2021-22, two Congregations will be held annually (in July and December respectively) which is to align with international practices and to facilitate the convenience for students. Graduands who are eligible for graduation will be assigned to the Congregation nearest to the completion date of their studies for conferral of degree. The Graduation Certificate normally could be collected on the day of the Congregation.

Expected graduation time for normative study period Expected graduation time if students take summer courses in final year
Full Time (1 year) : Summer (July 2025)
Part Time (2 years) : Summer (July 2026)
Full Time (1 year) : Winter (November/December 2025)
Part Time (2 years) : Winter (November/December 2026)


Dr. Olivia T.K. CHOI
Programme Director of Master of Statistics
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science
Tel : 3917 6042
Fax : 2858 9041
Email :