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Statistics BSc

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.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Statistics BSc
UCAS code
G300
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Statistical Science
Total intake (by subject area)
110 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
9 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

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
For UK-based students 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.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

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, including Mathematics at D2 if Further Mathematics not offered

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 A1 at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*-A*A, including Mathematics with A* if Further Mathematics not offered.

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

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

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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 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.

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).

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 with 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.

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:

A Foreign Language module (Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish – all levels from beginner to advanced available
Analysis 1
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

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

Most courses 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: Statistics BSc.

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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2013)
  • Trader, Global Hunter Securities (2011)
  • Graduate Scheme Executive Management, HSBC (2011)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£16,690 (2015/16)

Funding

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

Scholarships

Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Dean's Summer Student Scholarships

Value
Variable
Eligibility
Overseas
Criteria
Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



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