Statistics (through Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences)

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2019: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

DN520 –  O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

If you are interested in studying Statistics with an Arts and Humanities or Social Science subject, then this degree could be for you.

Wherever data are collected, statistical and data analysis skills are required. Statisticians develop mathematical models for uncertainty and apply them to real data. Statistical models allow us to learn about the underlying processes which give rise to the data. The power of modern computing continues to have a major impact on both the development and applicability of statistical methods in almost every area of social science, science and business.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

More and more employers are seeking to hire statisticians, as they play a key role in virtually all areas of society and science, including:

  • Industries such as finance, government, economic analysis, marketing, education, health, medicine, environmental science
  • Societal research which contributes to understanding economic and social change, informing public policymaking
  • Development of new drugs in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Graduates may also pursue further study, including the MA in Statistics, HDip in Mathematical Science (qualifier for the MSc in Mathematical Science) and GradDip in Actuarial Science.

What Will I Study

In first year, you will gain a broad overview of the basic principles of statistical modelling and reasoning, while second and third years enhance this knowledge with a mixture of theoretical and applied modules to give you a well-rounded learning experience in statistics. Notably, you will learn how to use current statistical software packages, giving insight into how statistical methods are used in practice. Statistics as part of a BA can be combined with one of nine subjects, including English and Art History.

BA Joint Honours:

Statistics as part of a BA can be combined wit one of twelve Arts and Humanities subjects including English, Music, Irish and History.

First Year

  • Statistical Modelling
  • Practical Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Plus other subject
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Probability Theory
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Plus other subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Time Series Analysis
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Monte Carlo Inference
  • Advanced Predictive Analytics
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Actuarial Statistics I
  • Plus other subject
  • Elective modules

Statistics as part of a BSc can be combined with one of seven subjects, including Economics and Sociology.

BSc Social Sciences Joint Honours

First Year

  • Linear Algebra
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Calculus
  • Plus Other Subject
  • Electives

Second Year

  • Probability Theory
  • Linear Models
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Elective Modules

Third & Fourth Year

  • Time Series Analysis
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Data Programming
  • Statistical Data Mining
  • Monte Carlo Inference
  • Advanced Predictive Analytics
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Actuarial Statistics I
  • Research Portfolio
  • Internship Opportunity
  • Study Abroad Opportunity
  • Plus Other subject
  • Electives modules.

Assessment will be through a combination of end-of-semester written examinations, projects and continuous assessment.

How Will I Study

International Study Opportunities

Students may apply to study abroad at international partner universities in Year 3 of the Social Sciences programme.

Testimonial

“Mathematics was always my favourite subject growing up in school. I felt the small parts of statistics that were covered in
school gave examples of where problem solving could potentially be used in real world problems. This led me to study Mathematics and Statistics in UCD as my undergraduate degree. During my classes in Statistics, I learnt not only different statistical techniques but also how to compute them through different statistical computer programs such as R. The degree programme helped me develop a greater appreciation for the different parts of statistics which led me to also enrol into the MSc in Statistics in UCD after I completed my undergraduate degree.”

Cathal Ryan, Graduate

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