About This Course
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Applicants for this programme should normally have obtained at least Second Class Honours in a primary degree which included a substantial component of Mathematics or mathematically-based material. See Requirements for full details.
Not open to applications
Non-EU Closing Date
The Higher Diploma in Statistics course is designed for graduates whose degrees have substantial mathematical content, and who want to develop their expertise in the application of statistical methods and broaden their career opportunities. The course may also be taken as a foundation for entry into the MSc Degree in Statistics. The course may be taken over one year (full time) or two years (part-time).
There is a continuing demand by employers for numerate graduates. There are many new opportunities in commerce, government, industry, medicine and research for graduates who have added to their first degree with the training in quantitative and computing skills provided by the Higher Diploma in Statistics.
The Higher Diploma in Statistics consists of coursework divided into nine core modules. These modules are a blend of theoretical and applied statistics.
Modules (60 credits)
- Probability and Mathematical Statistics (10 credits)
- Statistical Theory (10 credits)
- Introduction to Regression Analysis (5 credits)
- Data Analysis I (5 credits)
- Generalised Linear Models (5 credits)
- Time Series (5 credits)
- Survival Analysis (5 credits)
- Current Topics in Statistics I (5 credits)
- Statistical Consulting (10 credits)
The applied modules also equip you with advanced practical software-oriented skills in popular statistical software packages such as R, SAS and SPSS.
Students taking the part-time option take 25 credits in year 1 and the remaining 35 credits in year 2.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Students attend an average of 12 lectures, three tutorials and three computer practicals per week over the 24-week academic year. All modules have elements of continuous assessment which you submit throughout the course.
Lectures, tutorials and computer practicals take place between 9 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
Five modules (30 credits) are examined exclusively by continuous assessment. The remaining four modules (30 credits) are examined by both continuous assessment (worth 20% of the module mark) and end-of-year written examinations (worth 80% of the module mark).
The continuous assessments can be written home-work, computer practical assignments, in-class tests, written data analysis reports or computer practical examinations.
Who teaches this course
Staff of the Department of Statistics, School of Mathematical Sciences provide all teaching in this course. Biographical details, teaching and research interests of staff members current teaching on the course can be found using the following links:
- Dr Michael Cronin http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D019/mcronin
- Professor Finbarr O’Sullivan http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D019/fosullivan
- Dr Supratik Roy http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D019/sroy
- Dr Eric Wolsztynski http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D019/ewolsztynski
- Damian Conway http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D019/dconway
- Kathleen O’Sullivan http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D019/kathleenosullivan
Why Choose This Course
This course provides you with a thorough theoretical grounding in statistics as well as a giving you practical experience of analysing real data.
Skills and Careers Information
The course offers you the opportunity for further study at master’s degree level or employment in areas such as medical research, the pharmaceutical industry, government departments/agencies, sales and marketing research, finance and banking, the insurance industry and software development and support.
Applicants for this programme should normally have obtained at least Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) which included a substantial component of Mathematics or mathematically-based material.
Applications will also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) from:
(i) BA or BSc (General) graduates who have graduated with commendation and have Mathematics as a degree subject;
(ii) BA or BSc Graduates with Third Class Honours in an appropriate area;
(iii) Other graduates whose degree programme included a substantial component of Mathematics or mathematically-based material, and who have at least two years' experience in the application of Statistical methods.
This programme is not open to graduates who have taken honours Statistics as a degree subject.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,130.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,490.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
- For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
- Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC;
- Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
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