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Dr Yvo Pokern

Email: undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£15,750 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Key Facts

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Statistical Science

Statistics BSc

UCAS Code: G300

This programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and provides a broad, thorough and intellectually challenging training in the theory and practice of statistical science. Skills in statistics are valued by a variety of employers and can be applied to various problems in science, medicine, technology, finance and economics.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAA/A*AB
Subjects A* in Mathematics, or AA in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, is required. Applicants offering A*AB including A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics respectively will also be considered.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 38-39
Subjects A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • The programme allows considerable flexibility through the choice of optional courses, and it may be possible to choose some courses from other UCL departments.
  • The department offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere, where small-group teaching and personal attention are available for all students.
  • The programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) enabling you to be granted Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status if you achieve second-class honours or above.
  • Teaching is enhanced by the varied research interests of our academic staff; from the foundations of the subject to applications of statistics in science, medicine, industry, economics and finance.

Your first year will include mathematics, statistics and some computing, which will be followed by increasing specialisation in statistics in the second and third years. In the third year, about one-quarter of your work will be on a project involving extensive research and the preparation of a report. Some examples of project topics are: analysis of rainfall patterns in southern Africa, an analysis of data from a clinical trial and an analysis of volatility in financial markets.

Over the whole three years, theoretical studies are balanced by an emphasis on practical work (including the use of computers) and realistic illustration of theoretical concepts.

The final year places special emphasis on applications in areas such as medicine and finance. However, by a suitable choice of topics, it is possible to bias your programme towards either the more mathematical or the more applied aspects of the subject.

Your Learning

We employ a variety of teaching methods which include lectures, small-group tutorials, problem classes and computer workshops. Lecturers have regular 'office hours' during which you are welcome to come and ask questions about the course material.

Assessment

Each course is examined at the end of the academic year in which it is taken. Most courses are assessed by a combination of end-of-year examinations and in-course assessment. Prizes may be awarded to the most outstanding students in the first, second and third year.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Practical Statistics
Further Probability and Statistics
Mathematics for Students of Economics, Statistics and Related Disciplines I
Mathematics for Students of Economics, Statistics and Related Disciplines II

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Academic Writing in English for Non-Native Speakers
Analysis 1
History of Science
Introduction to Science Communication
Introduction to Science Policy Studies
Philosophy of Science
Writing in Academic Contexts
Other approved undergraduate course options

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Computing for Practical Statistics
Introduction To Applied Probability
Linear Models and the Analysis of Variance
Mathematics for Students of Economics, Statistics and Related Disciplines III
Probability and Inference

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits of optional courses, including at least one of the following:

Optimisation Algorithms in Operational Research
Social Statistics

Remaining credits can be selected from a wide range of undergraduate course options.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Statistical Inference
Statistical Science Project

Optional courses

You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Factorial Experimentation
Forecasting
Medical Statistics I
Medical Statistics II
Optimisation Algorithms in Operational Research
Social Statistics
Stochastic Methods in Finance I
Stochastic Methods in Finance II
Stochastic Systems
Other approved undergraduate course options

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

Together with subject-specific knowledge, the programme is designed to equip you with skills valued by employers including: advanced numeracy and quantitative skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, and computing skills. You will also develop your research skills, communication skills and word processing skills through statistical project work.

The demand for graduates with training in statistical science is now a permanent feature of both advanced and developing countries for jobs in finance, commerce, industry, research, education and government. Graduates from this department are well-represented in all these fields, in this country and overseas, and recent graduates have continued to be successful in obtaining a wide variety of jobs.

Popular career choices of previous graduates include the financial sector, traning in the actuarial or accountancy professions and jobs in industry and commerce. Postgraduate study, for example in advanced statistics, medical statistics, actuarial science, finance or economics, provides further options.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Trader, Global Hunter Securities (2011)
  • Graduate Scheme Executive Management, HSBC (2011)
  • Transaction Processing Specialist, JP Morgan (2010)
  • Research Fellow, King's College London Institute of Psychiatry (2009)
  • Product Support Analyst, Strategic Systems Solutions (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Application

Your Application

When we receive your application we will consider your academic record, your predicted grades, your personal statement and your reference. Your application should demonstrate high academic ability, particularly in mathematics, an informed interest in all the components of your chosen degree programme and good communication skills. Attendance at an open day may be required; in special cases, candidates may be interviewed.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Selection

We will decide whether to invite you to an applicant open day on the basis of our assessment of your application. Your visit will include an opportunity to meet staff and current undergraduates, a tour of UCL, a taster lecture and introductory talks about the department and degree programmes.

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