BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

According to The New York Times, statistics is the number one career for the 21st century. In Ireland, employers can’t find enough qualified graduates and now is the time to choose to study for a degree with a great future. Wherever data is collected, statistics and data analytics skills are required. Statisticians develop mathematical models for uncertainty and investigate their properties and applicability. 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 science, business and industry.

All of the sciences, especially the biological sciences, have in recent years become more quantitative and the skills gained from studying Statistics in UCD Science complement all of the university’s Science degrees. Combining Statistics with a degree in any of the sciences will increase your employability.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Statistics. Topics may include statistical modelling, probability theory, data programming, survey sampling, predictive models, Bayesian statistics, Monte Carlo inference, machine learning and actuarial statistics.

First Year

  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Statistics
  • 1 Other Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Programming
  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Elective Modules

Fourth Year

  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Programming
  • Actuarial Statistics & Financial Mathematics

Timetables & Assessment

Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

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International Study Opportunities

Students may apply to study abroad for a trimester in third year in partner institutions internationally.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Statisticians play a key role in virtually all areas of science and society:

  • In the pharmaceutical industry, statistical modelling is vital in developing new drugs
  • Statisticians help businesses investigate their customer behaviour to enhance their profitability
  • Statistical skills are key in the new emerging areas of bioscience, such as genetics and bio-informatics
  • Training in statistical science is valued in many industries such as finance, environmental science, economic analysis, medicine, education, health and social services, and many areas of government.

With a Statistics degree, you’ll be in demand, as more and more employers are seeking to hire statisticians. There has never been a better time to take this degree. There are various opportunities for graduate study in statistics in both taught and research programmes, and a number of our graduates complete further studies.

Other Entry Routes

“I decided to study at UCD as I have always loved Mathematics and knew I wanted to study it in college. UCD gave me the flexibility to see what type of Maths subject I enjoyed the most. I was able to try Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and even Chemistry – before deciding to major in Statistics. I love getting to see Mathematics applied to real world data and establishing patterns and reasonings behind different outcomes. I am also Secretary of the Trampoline Club, which I joined back in first year and have made some of my closest friends through the club! In my summer of third year, I will be doing an internship in data analytics in PwC and after I graduate, I hope to work as a data analyst.”

Emer Clune, Student

Contact Information

Dr Michael Fop
UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics
Dublin 4


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