Want to find out more about statistics? This page collects together links to articles and resources that you might be interested in.

  • Find interesting statistics-related articles and news items on the Royal Statistical Society’s StatsLife website.
  • BBC Radio 4’s More or Less program explains, and sometimes debunks, the numbers and statistics we see in the media. If you’re outside the UK, you can still check out the BBC World Service version here. You can find further interesting articles on the BBC News More or Less webpage here.
  • Hans Rosling’s The Joy of Stats video emphasises just how exciting statistics is, and how important it is in modern life. The Gapminder website in general provides a wealth of interactive ways to explore data from the world around us.
  • If you’re thinking about a career in statistics, or just want to find out more about what this might involve, there is lots of information on the American Statistical Association’s This is Statistics website.
  • The Survive Statistics blog contains articles that explain some of the key concepts in statistics, including a few that are a bit more advanced than this course.
  • Darrell Huff’s How to Lie with Statistics outlines, through simple, and often hilarious, examples, some of the key ways in which ‘bad statistics’ can be done.
  • Sense about Science is a UK-based charity aiming to encourage an evidence-based approach to scientific and technological developments. Many of their resources focus on the proper use of data and statistics, and you might be particularly interested in their Making Sense of Statistics document.


Formal study of statistics

If you are interested in undertaking more formal study of statistics, then there are a number of study options for you at the University of Edinburgh. The University runs an undergraduate BSc Mathematics and Statistics programme, as well as several Masters programmes, including an MSc in ‘Statistics with Data Science’ and an MSc in ‘Statistics and Operational Research’ (some previous formal study of mathematics and statistics is essential for these Masters programmes). You can find out more about the BSc Mathematics and Statistics programme on the University website here, and about the MSc programmes on the University’s School of Mathematics website here.