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ProfCert Biostatistics
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 15)

Quantitative skills are essential for the conduct of biomedical research - from Principal Investigators, to PhD students such skills permit objective evaluation of hypotheses.
Drawing on extensive faculty experience in Biostatistics, we are pleased to offer a Professional Certificate in Biostatistics (15 ECTS) comprising 3 modules with a focus on data management and computational skills in the IBM SPSS package, and on biostatistics methodologies ranging from basic probability, to two-group tests, to regression modelling and survival analysis.

Curricular information is subject to change.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Course Description
Information for Prospective Students:
This course is suitable for all: from Postgraduate students beginning a research career to Postdoctoral or faculty researchers wishing to strengthen their quantitative skills

Researchers in any field will benefit, however examples are mainly drawn from biomedical research

Each module comprises 2-3 contact hours per week on the UCD Belfield campus over the 12-week semesters, suiting part-time learners

Entry requirements

-Applicants to the programme should hold an Irish level 8 qualification (Higher Diploma or Higher Degree with an award of 2.2 or above) or international equivalent from a recognised third level institution.
-Applicants must supply transcripts of their primary degree or higher diploma and all supporting documentation overleaf at the time of application. This includes an up-to-date 2 page CV.
-Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTs 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis


1 year part-time

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Contact Name:Christine Ridge
Contact Number:01 716 34 29

Subjects taught

What modules can I take?
Data Management and Statistics with SPSS (core, 5 credits, semester 1)
- Understanding and managing data; describing, visualising and exploring data in IBM SPSS

Biostatistics 1 (core, 5 credits, semester 1)
- Descriptive statistics, sampling variation, simple parametric and non-parametric tests

Biostatistics II (core, 5 credits, semester 2)
- Linear and logistic regression; survival analysis; analysis of repeated measures

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Prof Cert Biostatistics PT (X845)

1 Year

Part Time

Rolling *

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

You can apply using the UCD online application system. To apply, simply click on and follow the instructions. A non-refundable application fee applies. The application fee is paid online.

Course fee

ProfCert Biostatistics (X845) Part Time
EU/NONEU fee per year - € 1750

***Fees are subject to change

Fees include tuition and examination fees. The fee schedule for all programmes is shown on the UCD Fees website ( and refers to the fee for a single academic year. Further information regarding fees is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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