HDip Statistics

Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)

The UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics group was ranked in the top 200 in the world in the QS world university ranking, and is the only statistics group in Ireland to appear in this ranking.

The Higher Diploma in Statistics provides students with a good background in statistical theory and methods, which can be used in a variety of areas of application. Students who are awarded an or upper second class honours in the Higher Diploma in Statistics are qualified to enter the MSc degree in Statistics. 

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Careers & Employability

Career prospects on completion of the Higher Diploma in Statistics are excellent. Many students pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry, banking, fi nance and risk management. There is an increase in demand for statisticians from the IT sector (e.g., Google, Intel, data mining companies). In addition, many government departments employ statisticians including the Central Statistics Offi ce. Many students embarked on the MSc in Statistics programme offered by UCD, based on achieving a second class honours, grade 1 in the Higher Diploma in Statistics.

Prospective employers include Vodafone, Google, Irish Life, Paddy Power, the ESRI, SPSS, Bank of Ireland, Quintiles, Accenture, Tesco, Ebay and Aviva.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full 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. No

This programme is aimed at graduates whose level of statistical or mathematical training is high, but below that of the BSc Degree Honours in Statistics, and who have demonstrated numerical ability. It enables them to reach in one year a level of statistical knowledge equivalent to that of BSc Honours graduates

Ireland is home to over 250 global financial institutions and there are opportunities for Higher Diploma Statistics graduates in industry, government, IT, economics and finance. This programme provides students with a good background in statistical theory and methods, which can be used in a variety of areas of application.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to apply basic statistical reasoning, techniques and models in the analysis of real data, understand the context in which statistical work is done, select appropriate statistical models for different applications, interpret results, and demonstrate programming skills, report writing skills and presentation skills

This programme is aimed at students with a numerate background, but below that required for direct entry into the MSc or MA in Statistics, but who nevertheless have a strong interest in the subject.  Throughout the course of this programme students take a small number of modules at early undergraduate level in statistics in order to give them a solid underpinning in the foundations of statistics, together with some more advanced undergraduate level modules. This should broadly bring students to the level of a four-year B.Sc. Degree.  On completion of this programme, students should be well prepared for a career in industry. Additionally, the H.Dip in statistics may serve as an entry route for the M.Sc. in statistics.We expect our students to become autonomous learners. They will be capable of solving relevant problems in the language of statistics.  Our graduates will be in demand by employers and academic research institutes for their ability to use the tools they have learned to explain, describe and predict. We value students who are motivated to find the underlying causes and reasons for observations and patterns. We aim to provide a teaching and learning environment that develops confidence and independence through a wide variety of interactive formats, both inside and outside the classroom. 

  • Approach problems in an analytical, precise and rigorous way.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the key skills required by a practicing statistician, including data collection methods, statistical method development, analysis of statistical output.
  • Demonstrate strong proficiency in mathematical and computational methods, including computer programming and scientific visualization.
  • Give oral presentations of technical statistical material at a level appropriate for the audience.
  • Model real-world problems in a statistical framework
  • Prepare a written report on technical statistical content in clear and precise language.
  • Use the language of logic to reason correctly and make deductions.

HDip Statistics (T013) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7260
nonEU    fee per year - € 13215

HDip Statistics (T067) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4150
nonEU    fee per year - € 8535

***Fees are subject to change

• Applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in a numerical discipline or a cognate subject area.

• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language profi ciency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

School of Mathematics and Statistics Application Process FAQ

James McBride, Director of the Irish Social Science Data Archive from 2000-2012

I enrolled in the Higher Diploma of Statistics programme as a part-time student, in order to gain a more thorough grasp of the statistical techniques I was using in my political science research, and to better understand the needs of students and researchers in my role as Director of the Irish Social Science Data Archive. The range of topics offered provided a challenging and ultimately rewarding environment in which I succeeded in meeting my goals as a social scientist, while gaining a deeper understanding and respect for the role of statistics across the entire spectrum of the sciences. The material covered in the core lecture courses was underpinned by an excellent tutorial system, which further enhanced my understanding of the topics. I cannot recommend this course highly enough for anyone wishing to strengthen their statistical skills, whether to pursue a career in academic research or in the broader job market.

The following entry routes are available:

HDip Statistics FT (T013)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *
HDip Statistics PT (T067)
2 Years
Part Time
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised