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.
This course provides you with a thorough theoretical grounding in statistics as well as a giving you practical experience of analysing real data.
The Higher Diploma in Statistics consists of coursework divided into nine core modules. These modules are a blend of theoretical and applied statistics.
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 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday/
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 andSPSS.
Students taking the part-time option take 25 credits in year 1 and the remaining 35 credits in year 2.
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.
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.