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Prospective Undergraduates

The Department of Statistical Science at UCL offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere, where small-group teaching and personal attention are available for all students. When founded, it was the first university statistics department in the world; however, research and teaching have kept pace with modern concerns, including applications of statistics in science, medicine, industry, economics and finance. The department occupies recently refurbished accommodation with its own lecture theatre, common room, reading room and computer room.

Degree Programmes

Click on the degree programmes below for more information.

For further information about specific course units, including current reading lists, you may like to have a look at the current student handbook.

Entry Procedure

Applications for admission should be made through UCAS. Our standard entry requirements are given in the online prospectus.

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.

For questions on qualifications, please see the FAQs. If you cannot find the required information there, please email the undergraduate admissions team.

The Statistical Science E. J. Gumbel Scholarship

The department has made available funds to provide up to seven individual E. J. Gumbel scholarships per year of study in the academic year 2017/18. The award is £3,000 in three equal termly instalments per year of study and is tenable for the normal duration of the degree programme studied as long as the student continues to be registered as a full time student of the department.

Studying Abroad Programme

The Department of Statistical Science has recently installed an MSci Statistical Science (International Programme). This is a four year degree where the third year is spent at a leading university institution abroad.

The International Programme aims at continuing advanced education in Statistics, as well as providing experience of education in a different cultural and/or linguistic setting which will broaden the horizon of students and increase chances to find positions with special emphasis on international expertise. The year abroad will offer the opportunity to study a greater variety of theory and methods of Statistics and related areas. The experience of spending a year abroad and being exposed to another cultural but also scientific community will intrinsically contribute to developing skills such as the ability to take different perspectives, awareness of different possible approaches to a problem, independence of mind and thought. Also, students will be exposed to a range of different teaching and assessment methods.

Professional Accreditation

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All undergraduate programmes offered by the Department of Statistical Science except for LG13 (Economics and Statistics) are accredited by the Royal Statistical Society as being of the appropriate breadth and depth to provide a foundation for a career as a professional statistician. Graduates obtaining second class honours or better will automatically qualify for the RSS Graduate Statistician (GradStat) award. This award is a stepping stone to full professional membership of the RSS and the Chartered Statistician (CStat) award. More details can be found at the Royal Statistical Society.

For some of these programmes, qualification for GratStat status requires that students take at least 50% of all their studies in the two final years in Statistics. Graduates of the Economics and Statistics BSc (LG13) may also qualify on a casewise basis provided they have chosen a sufficient number of statistics units as part of their degree.

The current RSS accreditation scheme extends up to and including the academic year 2017/18. The department will be applying to retain this accreditation for eligible students who enrol from September 2018 onwards.