MSc Statistics

University College Dublin

Course Overview

The MSc in Statistics is specifically designed to provide students with a solid theoretical and applied statistical knowledge so that they can be employed either as an applied statistician or a statistical researcher on completion of the degree.

There are opportunities for MSc in Statistics graduates in industry, government, IT, economics and finance. On completion of this MSc in Statistics, you will have skills such as the ability to demonstrate in-depth understanding of statistical concepts, apply basic statistical reasoning, techniques and models in the analysis of real data and employ technical computing skills.
• 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 MSc in Statistics is fully accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.
• Wide range of possible taught modules available.
• Exposure to popular statistical software.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,825

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • Wide range of possible taught modules available.
  • The UCD MSc in Statistics is fully accredited by the Royal Statistical Society.
  • Exposure to popular statistical softwares.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

• This programme is intended for applicants who hold a degree in Statistics or a cognate subject area. An upper second class honors, or international equivalent is required.
• Those who have been awarded an upper second class honors or higher in the Higher Diploma in Statistics are eligible for the programme.
• Alternatively students may qualify for enrolment for the four semester MA in Statistics which brings them to the same level as the MSc in Statistics.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
• Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
These are the minimum entry requirements additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing center closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

Career prospects on completion of the MSc in Statistics are excellent. Many graduates pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry and career opportunities also exist in banking, finance and risk management. There is also an increase in demand for statisticians from the IT sector. In addition, many government departments employ statisticians. Some past students embarked on a career in academia by proceeding to study to for a PhD in Statistics. Former students are currently working for companies such as Google, Western Union, AIB, Norbrook, EY, O2, SPSS. Demand for graduates continues to be strong both in Ireland and abroad.