ProfCert Mathematics for Data Analytics and Statistics

UG Certificates & Diplomas (level 8 nfq)

The Professional Certificate in Mathematics for Data Analytics and Statistics is designed for those who wish to study the Data Analytics and Statistics programmes run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics but do not have the mathematical pre-requisites. We provide the students with the foundational mathematical methods in calculus and linear algebra which will enable them to proceed onto our more advanced programmes. The programme commences in May each year. There are no lectures to attend as the modules are delivered completely online over the summer trimester. Students must attend UCD in person for exams in August.  

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Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region: Yes

This course is specifically designed for those who wish to eventually take the postgraduate data analytics and statistics programmes offered by the school but have not studied any mathematics at degree level.

Data Analysts are in strong demand from industry; this course allows students to pick up the foundational mathematics required for entry into the Online Professional Diploma in Data Analytics, or the Higher Diploma in Statistics. Students may then carry on to complete the Online MSc in Data Analytics or Royal Statistical Society accredited MA or MSc in Statistics.

This programme is an exit strategy from the MSc in Data Analytics and is aimed at students who wish to develop a future in data analytics. 

We encourage our students to have an interest in analysing large data sets, and to be autonomous learners who have a creative and critical approach to data analytics. 

We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to constructively solve data problems in real-world situations, using software, and to tailor such solutions to individual data sets as they arise. Online learning is a key feature of the programme, and we provide online videos and discussion boards, always backed-up by individual feedback from lecturers and tutors. 

At the most advanced levels of the programme, students are encouraged and expected to use and apply cutting-edge techniques from the latest research in their work. 

As a result of this approach to learning, the modules are assessed using a variety of tools including online assessment, individual project work to examine software-based skills, and written examinations to test mathematical ability.

  • Approach problems in an analytical, precise and rigorous way
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills required by a practicing data analyst.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computational methods, including computer programming and scientific visualization
  • Model real-world problems in a statistical framework
  • Please ignore
  • Use the language of logic to reason correctly and make deductions

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The Online Professional Certificate in Data Analytics for Mathematics and Statistics covers Linear Algebra and Calculus which form the foundations of our later postgraduate programmes in data analytics and statistics.

Prof Cert Mathematics for Data Analytics and Statistics (F140) Part Time EU/NONEU fee per credit - €112.50

As this programme consists of two 5 credit modules, the total programme fee is €112.50 x 10 = €1125***.

***Fees are subject to change. Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website ( and should always be confirmed there.


For entry to the Professional Certificate in Mathematics for Data Analytics and Statistics (LEVEL 8), students must have obtained an undergraduate or masters degree to standard 2:1 in any subject. Those without this requirement but with substantial industry experience related to the area, or relevant professional qualifications, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Apply online at and find the programme using the unique programme identifier: F140 

Applications close at the end of April each year with the programme commencing in May in line with the summer trimester.