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Overview
The Higher Diploma in Statistics course is designed for graduates whose degrees have substantial mathematical content, and who want to develop their expertise in the application of statistical methods and broaden their career opportunities. The course may also be taken as a foundation for entry into the MSc Degree in Statistics. The course may be taken over one year (full time) or two years (part time).

There is a continuing demand by employers for numerate graduates. There are many new opportunities in commerce, government, industry, medicine and research for graduates who have added to their first degree with the training in quantitative and computing skills provided by the Higher Diploma in Statistics.

Unique Aspects of the Course
This course provides you with a thorough theoretical grounding in statistics as well as a giving you practical experience of analysing real data.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this programme should normally have obtained at least Second Class Honours in a primary degree which included a substantial component of Mathematics or mathematically-based material.

Applications will also be considered from:

(i) BA or BSc (General) graduates who have graduated with commendation and have Mathematics as a degree subject;
(ii) BA or BSc Graduates with Third Class Honours in an appropriate area;
(iii) Other graduates whose degree programme included a substantial component of Mathematics or mathematically-based material, and who have at least two years' experience in the application of Statistical methods.

This programme is not open to graduates who have taken honours Statistics as a degree subject.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see the course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The course offers you the opportunity for further study at master’s degree level or employment in areas such as medical research, the pharmaceutical industry, government departments/agencies, sales and marketing research, finance and banking, the insurance industry and software development and support.

Further enquiries

Tony Fitzgerald
E: t.fitzgerald@ucc.ie
P: 021 4205860 / 021 4205817

Subjects taught

The Higher Diploma in Statistics consists of coursework divided into nine core modules. These modules are a blend of theoretical and applied statistics.

Modules (60 credits):
Probability and Mathematical Statistics (10 credits)
Statistical Theory (10 credits)
Introduction to Regression Analysis (5 credits)
Data Analysis I (5 credits)
Generalised Linear Models (5 credits)
Time Series (5 credits)
Survival Analysis (5 credits)
Current Topics in Statistics I (5 credits)
Statistical Consulting (10 credits)

The applied modules also equip you with advanced practical software-oriented skills in popular statistical software packages such as R, SAS and SPSS.

Students taking the part-time option take 25 credits in year 1 and the remaining 35 credits in year 2.

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Course practicalities
Students attend an average of 12 lectures, three tutorials and three computer practicals per week over the 24-week academic year. All modules have elements of continuous assessment which you submit throughout the course.

Lectures, tutorials and computer practicals take place between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Assessment method

Five modules (30 credits) are examined exclusively by continuous assessment. The remaining four modules (30 credits) are examined by both continuous assessment (worth 20% of the module mark) and end-of-year written examinations (worth 80% of the module mark).

The continuous assessments can be written home-work, computer practical assignments, in-class tests, written data analysis reports or computer practical examinations.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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