The UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics group was 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 Higher Diploma in Statistics provides students with a good background in statistical theory and methods, which can be used in a variety of areas of application. Students who are awarded an or upper second class honors in the Higher Diploma in Statistics are qualified to enter the MSc degree in Statistics.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
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?
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- This programme is aimed at graduates whose level of statistical or mathematical training is high and have demonstrated numerical ability, but below that of a BSc Degree in Statistics.
- Many students pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry, banking, finance and risk management.
- You will be able to apply basic statistical reasoning, techniques and models in the analysis of real data, understand the context in which statistical work is done
- Prospective employers include Vodafone, Google, Intel, Irish Life, Paddy Power, the ESRI, SPSS, Bank of Ireland, Quintiles, Accenture, Tesco, eBay and Aviva.
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
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
• Applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class honors degree in a numerical discipline or a cognate subject area.
• 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.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- 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+
- 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 on completion of the Higher Diploma in Statistics are excellent. Many students pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry, banking, finance and risk management. There is an increase in demand for statisticians from the IT sector (e.g., Google, Intel, data mining companies). In addition, many government departments employ statisticians including the Central Statistics Office. Many students embarked on the MSc in Statistics programme offered by UCD, based on achieving a second class honors, grade 1 in the Higher Diploma in Statistics.
Prospective employers include Vodafone, Google, Irish Life, Paddy Power, the ESRI, SPSS, Bank of Ireland, Quintiles, Accenture, Tesco, Ebay and Aviva.