Mathematics & Statistics - Statistics

HDip Statistics
Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)

The UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics group was ranked in the top 200 in the world in the QS world university ranking, and is the only statistics group in Ireland to appear in this ranking.

The Higher Diploma in Statistics provides students with a good background in statistical theory and methods, which can be used in a variety of areas of application. Students who are awarded an or upper second class honours in the Higher Diploma in Statistics are qualified to enter the MSc degree in Statistics.

Course Description
Ireland is home to over 250 global financial institutions and there are opportunities for Higher Diploma Statistics graduates in industry, government, IT, economics and finance. This programme provides students with a good background in statistical theory and methods, which can be used in a variety of areas of application.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to apply basic statistical reasoning, techniques and models in the analysis of real data, understand the context in which statistical work is done, select appropriate statistical models for different applications, interpret results, and demonstrate programming skills, report writing skills and presentation skills.

Vision and Values Statement
This programme is aimed at students with a numerate background, but below that required for direct entry into the MSc or MA in Statistics, but who nevertheless have a strong interest in the subject. Throughout the course of this programme students take a small number of modules at early undergraduate level in statistics in order to give them a solid underpinning in the foundations of statistics, together with some more advanced undergraduate level modules. This should broadly bring students to the level of a four-year B.Sc. Degree. On completion of this programme, students should be well prepared for a career in industry. Additionally, the H.Dip in statistics may serve as an entry route for the M.Sc. in statistics. We expect our students to become autonomous learners. They will be capable of solving relevant problems in the language of statistics. Our graduates will be in demand by employers and academic research institutes for their ability to use the tools they have learned to explain, describe and predict. We value students who are motivated to find the underlying causes and reasons for observations and patterns. We aim to provide a teaching and learning environment that develops confidence and independence through a wide variety of interactive formats, both inside and outside the classroom.

Programme Outcomes
• Approach problems in an analytical, precise and rigorous way.

• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the key skills required by a practicing statistician, including data collection methods, statistical method development, analysis of statistical output.

• Demonstrate strong proficiency in mathematical and computational methods, including computer programming and scientific visualization.

• Give oral presentations of technical statistical material at a level appropriate for the audience.

• Model real-world problems in a statistical framework

• Prepare a written report on technical statistical content in clear and precise language.

• Use the language of logic to reason correctly and make deductions.

Related Programmes
Prof Cert Mathematics Data Analytics and Statistics May PT
MSc Statistics FT
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MSc Statistics
Graduate Certificate in Statistics
Prof. Cert in Mathematics for Data Analytics and Statistics

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Data Modelling for Science STAT20070
Inferential Statistics STAT20100
Introduction to Probability STAT20110
Bayesian Analysis STAT20180
Predictive Analytics I STAT30240
Statistical Machine Learning STAT30270

Stage 1 - Option
Actuarial Statistics I STAT40020
Actuarial Statistics II STAT40070
Design of Experiments STAT40110
Categorical Data Analysis STAT40120
Multivariate Analysis STAT40150
Survival Models STAT40250
Monte Carlo Inference STAT40400
Data Programming with R STAT40620
Stochastic Models STAT40680
Time Series Analysis - Act App STAT40700
Adv Pred Analytics (online) STAT40770
Data Prog with Python (online) STAT40800
Stat Network Analysis STAT41010

Entry requirements

• Applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in a numerical discipline or a cognate subject area.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language profi ciency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

HDip Statistics FT (T013)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

HDip Statistics PT (T067)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


HDip Statistics FT (T013): 1 year full-time.
HDip Statistics PT (T067): 2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Career prospects on completion of the Higher Diploma in Statistics are excellent. Many students pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry, banking, fi nance and risk management. There is an increase in demand for statisticians from the IT sector (e.g., Google, Intel, data mining companies). In addition, many government departments employ statisticians including the Central Statistics Offi ce. Many students embarked on the MSc in Statistics programme offered by UCD, based on achieving a second class honours, grade 1 in the Higher Diploma in Statistics.

Prospective employers include Vodafone, Google, Irish Life, Paddy Power, the ESRI, SPSS, Bank of Ireland, Quintiles, Accenture, Tesco, Ebay and Aviva.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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