Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
The MA in statistics will bring students to the same level as the 1 year MSc degree in Statistics
Currently, students without sufficient statistical background knowledge can attain masters level proficiency by first completing the Higher Diploma in Statistics followed by the MSc in Statistics, which takes two years. The MA in Statistics provides an alternative pathway in 16 months and there is no comparable programme in Ireland or the UK.
• 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 UCD MA Statistics is fully accredited by the Royal Statistical Society
• Exposure to cutting-edge modern statistical applications
Vision and Values Statement
This programme is aimed at students with a numerate background, but below that required for direct entry into the MSc in Statistics, but who nevertheless have a strong interest in the subject. It enables them to reach in sixteen months a level of statistical knowledge broadly equivalent to that of MSc graduates. In the first part of the programme, students study background material appropriate to a four-year BSc, thereby enabling them as the course progresses to study statistics at the graduate level. The taught modules in the programme provide a thorough grounding in statistics; the (supervised) research project introduces the students to the area of statistical research. Thereby, the students are prepared well for either a career either in industry or in academia. We expect our students to become autonomous learners and researchers capable of setting their own research agenda. 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.
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the key skills required by a practicing statistician, including data collection methods, statistical method development, analysis of statistical output
• Undertake excellent research at an appropriate level, using the statistical research skills learnt in the programme
• Demonstrate strong proficiency in mathematical and computational methods, including computer programming and scientific visualization
• Model real-world problems in a statistical framework
• Use the language of logic to reason correctly and make deductions
• Approach problems in an analytical, precise and rigorous way
• Work independently and be able to pursue a research agenda
• Give oral presentations of technical mathematical material at a level appropriate for the audience
• Prepare a written report on technical statistical content in clear and precise language.
There are 120 credits of work to do spread over four semesters. The first two semesters involve taking nine 5-credit modules (45 credits) from the Higher Diploma programme, the module MEEN 40670 Technical Communication(5 credits) together with two modules at 7.5 credit (15 credits) from the M.Sc. programme. The third semester involves a 25 credit research or data analytic project.
Students must take all Core modules in addition to the dissertation in order to complete the programme.