Statistics is the science of collecting, analysing and drawing conclusions - and sometimes making predictions - from data. The applications of statistics are endless, ranging from accounting and business to biology and medicine.
Degree courses in statistics will cove the subject from abstract to application level. You will learn methods of obtaining, organising, interpreting and displaying data as well as evaluating appropriate methods for different types of research. You will be familiarised with theories of probability and statistical ideas. You will also learn how to properly interpret and analyse published statistics such as public opinion polls, consumer price indexes and so on. In addition you will learn about various applications of statistics in various areas such as public policy and corporate finance.
Applied econometrics; economics (micro- and macro-); functional analysis; quantitive methods; probability theory; sociology; statistical research; statistical theory and application in the real world; the use of information technology in statistical modelling.
It will take at least three years to complete this course.
You are required to have good grades in mathematics or statistics and in some cases science subjects.
Graduates can become statisticians, normally employed in the government sector, or in research companies and financial institutions. However, the strong analytical skills that you develop will be valuable wherever you choose to go, from the academic field to business organisations.