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Statistics BSc Hons
The BSc (Hons) in Statistics allows you to specialise in the branch of mathematics that focuses on collecting, analysing and presenting large quantities of numerical data. There are many practical applications for statistics, including fields such as science and medicine, government, business and education.
Students of Statistics will acquire the analytical techniques, clear logical thinking and deductive reasoning necessary to explore some of these fascinating areas of research.
Statistics is studied up to Honours level in both the Faculty of Science (BSc) and the Faculty of Arts (MA). Students who have a background in the sciences or who wish to study Statistics alongside science subjects at St Andrews should apply for the BSc. For those interested in studying Statistics alongside Arts subjects, the MA in Statistics may be of interest instead. The BSc and MA degree programs are mathematically identical.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Statistics Integrated Masters course, which allows you to graduate with a Master in Mathematics.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take between one and three first-year modules in mathematics. There is one core compulsory module, 'Mathematics', that can be studied in either semester.
Students who do not possess at least a B at Advanced Higher or A-Level Mathematics will need to take 'Introductory Mathematics' in their first semester before taking the compulsory 'Mathematics' module. This option is popular for students on different degree routes who wish to study Mathematics.
- Introductory Mathematics
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Combinatorics and Probability
- Linear Mathematics
- Statistical Inference
In addition, students must take at least one of the following second-year modules:
- Abstract Algebra
- Multivariate Calculus
If you decide to take Statistics in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options. Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Bayesian Inference
- Computing in Statistics
- Markov Chains and Processes
- Population Genetics
- Sampling Theory.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and computer labs, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- preparing coursework assignments
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing for examinations.
Demand for mathematically trained graduates vastly outstrips the supply, and hence career prospects are excellent in a variety of fields.
Recruiters seek numerate graduates who are literate, think logically, write and present well, and can work with relevant technology – St Andrews degrees develop all of these skills.
A mathematics degree is recognised as a substantial achievement in a demanding discipline.
Around 30% of St Andrews graduates continue on to postgraduate study, either in mathematics or related disciplines such as computer science, finance, or physics.
The majority of the remaining graduates gain employment in areas such as:
- technology firms or computer consultancies
- financial services organisations (for example, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, and PwC)
- insurance companies
- merchant banks
- the civil service
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University of St Andrews
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