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Statistical Science (International Programme) MSci

This four-year programme provides an advanced education in statistics together with experience of education in a different cultural and/or linguistic setting, which will broaden your horizons and prepare you for a variety of careers that have a special emphasis on international expertise.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
G305
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Accreditation
Royal Statistical Society (See Degree benefits)
Applications per place
9 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
115 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to Statistical Science subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
A*AA-AAA
Subjects
A* in Mathematics or AA in Mathematics and Further Mathematics required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23-28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics at D2 required or D3,D3 in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

A1,A,A - A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA - AAA, including Mathematics.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The year abroad offers the opportunity to enhance your understanding of another culture and potentially develop your communication skills in another language.

  • 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 and choose at least 50% of your year two and four modules in statistics.

  • 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.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. On application to the Royal Statistical Society, graduates are awarded Graduate Statistician (GradStat) status, providing formal recognition of a member's statistical qualifications, subject to achieving second-class honours or above, and at least 50% of your year two and four modules are in statistics.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Statistical Science.

  • 82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).

In this four-year programme, you will spend the first two years at UCL following either the structure of the Statistics BSc, the Statistics, Economics and Finance (SEF) BSc, the Statistics, Economics and a Language (SEL) BSc or the Mathematics and Statistical Science BSc (the latter choice is only possible if your qualifications meet the entry requirements for the Mathematics and Statistical Science BSc as well as those for the Statistical Science (International Programme)).

The third year is spent at a leading university abroad. Currently, study in Bologna, Munich, Perth, Purdue, Singapore, Toronto and UCLA is available. The fourth year is spent at UCL and consists of advanced modules and project work allowing you to deepen your understanding of the subject.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Note: the modules above are for the Statistics stream. Please see relevant degree entries for modules studied in years one and two on the following streams: Statistics, Economics and Finance; Statistics, Economics and a Language; Mathematics and Statistical Science.

Optional modules

You will select additional modules from a wide range of optional modules.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Note: the modules above are for the Statistics stream. Please see relevant degree entries for modules studied in years one and two on the following streams: Statistics, Economics and Finance; Statistics, Economics and a Language; Mathematics and Statistical Science.

Optional modules

You will select your remaining modules from a wide range of optional modules. UCL Statistical Science options may include:

Computing for Practical Statistics
Optimisation Algorithms in Operational Research
Social Statistics

Year abroad

You will spend year three studying at a leading university abroad.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Statistical Inference
Statistical Science Project

Optional modules

You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of Master's-level options. UCL Statistical Science options may include:

Applied Bayesian Methods
Decision and Risk
Factorial Experimentation
Forecasting
Medical Statistics I
Medical Statistics II
Selected Topics in Statistics
Statistical Computing
Statistical Design of Investigations
Statistical Models and Data Analysis
Stochastic Methods in Finance I
Stochastic Methods in Finance II
Stochastic Systems

Your learning

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

Assessment

Most modules are examined at the end of the academic year in which they are taken using 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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Statistical Science (International Programme) MSci.

Careers

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 in 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, training 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 (2013-2015) of this programme at UCL include:

  • Full-time student, MSc in Machine Learning at UCL
  • Risk Modelling Analyst, Barclays
  • Analyst, Deloitte

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£23,390 (2018/19)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

The department offers an undergraduate scholarship, the Statistical Science Scholarship.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

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 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018



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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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