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.
- Degree Programme
- Statistics BSc
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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
Introduction to Science Communication
Introduction to Science Policy Studies
Philosophy of Science
Writing in Academic Contexts
Other approved undergraduate course options
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
You will select 1.5 credits of optional courses, including at least one of the following:
Optimisation Algorithms in Operational Research
Remaining credits can be selected from a wide range of undergraduate course options.
Statistical Science Project
You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:
Medical Statistics I
Medical Statistics II
Optimisation Algorithms in Operational Research
Stochastic Methods in Finance I
Stochastic Methods in Finance II
Other approved undergraduate course options
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.
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.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Statistics BSc.
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.
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
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £16,690 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
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.
- 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.