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Medical Statistician Degree Apprentice – UCB


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In this 3 year apprenticeship with Biometrics and Quantitative Sciences at UCB you will gain work experience in a salaried role, whilst achieving a fully-funded MSc in Medical Statistics. This offers the best of both the worlds of work and study, and a direct route to an interesting and rewarding career in medical statistics and drug development.

Qualification requirements A 2:2 or higher in undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or a degree with substantial statistical content.
Salary £27,000
Holiday Entitlement 28 days plus 8 bank holidays
Benefits Cogent pension 3% and 5% contribution from apprentice
On-site parking
Hybrid working – minimum 3 days onsite and 2 days from home
Onsite canteen
Discounted gym membership
Employee Assistance Programme
Location 208 Bath Rd, Slough SL1 3WE until January 2025 where UCB will move to new site Sunninghill Road, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6PP
Working Hours 37.5 hours Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:30 (including one hour unpaid lunch)
Duration 2 years 9 months
Start date September 2024
Interview date We anticipate holding interviews in Slough in late January. Travel will be reimbursed.
Closing date for applications 17th January 2024
To apply To apply, fill in your information in the online form below. If you are having difficulty in completing this, please contact recruitment on [email protected] for assistance.
Next Steps Once the position has closed, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a one way video interview, you will have 3 days to complete it.
This will be reviewed by the Hiring Manager along with your application form to decide who is brought through to the final interview.
If you have any issues in applying, please contact us on [email protected]



UCB invites two candidates interested in a career in drug development to undertake a medical statistician apprenticeship.

In this three year apprenticeship you will gain both work experience in a salaried role, while at the same time achieving a fully-funded level 7 (MSc) degree in Medical Statistics from a UK university enrolled in the apprenticeship scheme. This offers the opportunity to have the best of both the worlds of work and study, and a direct route to an interesting and rewarding career in medical statistics.

You will be working in UCB’s Biometrics and Quantitative Sciences team, which supports all aspects of drug development for UCB portfolio of innovative new medicines. You will work in either the Early Development Statistics or Launch Statistics team 80% of the time and study for an MSc in Medical Statistics over the remaining 20%. The role will be UK based, with hybrid working available – initially from the UCB UK site in Slough, then Windlesham, Surrey when UCB’s new state-of-the-art drug development site opens in 2025. You will have the opportunity to learn in a supportive team, guided by experienced managers, mentors and buddies, and build close connections with our other students and apprentices.

At UCB, we are committed to improving the lives of people living with severe neurological and immunological conditions. You will be a part of a global, diverse employee community that brings together the brightest minds and biggest hearts. We are guided by our purpose to create value for people living with severe diseases, now and into the future. To achieve our ambition, we are not just welcoming talented individuals, but people who care about making a meaningful difference in the lives of patients.

Key responsibilities of role will include:

  • Reviewing and writing statistical sections of protocols, analysis plans and reports
  • Programming in statistical packages such as R and SAS
  • Creating summaries and graphical presentations of data
  • Ensuring modelling assumptions based on statistical theory are met and analyses applied are appropriate
  • Providing statistical leadership and oversight of studies as part of a cross-functional team
  • Interpreting analyses and contributing to publications such as manuscripts, posters, and slides, to ensure results are appropriately disseminated.

Skills and capabilities:

  • You should have good communication, presentation and organisation skills
  • You should work well in a team and independently
  • You should have the ability to consider the bigger picture as well as have an eye for detail
  • Some programming experience with R, Python or SAS is desirable.


UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company, with a focus on neurology and immunology.

UCB’s ambition is to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases. We focus on neurology and immunology disorders – putting patients at the centre of our world. We are Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science and are now more than 8,700 people in all four corners of the globe.

Our medicines treat millions of people around the world, and we are engaging with patients, their families and healthcare professionals to address their unmet needs. We want to enhance our understanding of disease and the real-life experiences of patients so that our teams can deliver the right drug and the right care to the right patient.

UCB is continuously working to advance science and embrace new knowledge. We are leveraging scientific advances and skills in areas such as genetics, biomarkers and human biology. Patients inspire us to bring them value through cutting-edge science, innovative treatments, and practical solutions – so that they and their carers can get on with their lives.



  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Good numerical and IT skills
  • Some experience in statistics and programming with R, Python or SAS desirable

Personal Qualities

  • Attention to detail as well as big picture
  • Team worker and considerate to members of team and wider organisation
  • Organised, motivated, and eager to learn
  • Demonstrates reliability and integrity


Apprenticeship standard: L7 Medical statistician apprenticeship

Training Provider: TBC – either Leicester University or Strathclyde

Delivery method: To be confirmed – this might be block release or distance learning through VLE


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.  The training will expose the apprentice to a wide range of skills and competencies which would make them well placed for further study or suitable for many job opportunities in the life sciences sector.


  • Please ensure that you currently live within or can relocate to a commutable distance of the site
  • The individual will be working within a professional environment and must therefore adhere to site dress code procedures.
  • All applications to be made through Apprenticeship vacancies. Do not contact the employer.
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Location: Slough
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Salary: £27,000
Closing Date: 17th January 2024
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