Statistics BSc (Hons) 2020 entry
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.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Statistics Integrated Masters course, which allows you to graduate with a Master of Mathematics.
Bachelor of Science (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 June 2024
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
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.
- Standard entry grades: AAAAB, including A in Mathematics
- Minimum entry grades: AABB, including A in Mathematics
- Standard entry grades: A*A*A, including A* in Mathematics
- Minimum entry grades: A*AB, including A* in Mathematics
- Standard entry grades: 38 (HL 6,6,6), including HL6 in Mathematics
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5), including HL6 in Mathematics
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.
Direct entry to second year
For the BSc degree, well-qualified school leavers may be able to apply for admission directly into the second year of this course. Find out more about direct entry to second year for Statistics BSc.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject-specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
Yes, applicants are expected to have studied Mathematics at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, or equivalent.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews has a reputation for the high quality of its teaching and was ranked third in the UK for Mathematics in the Guardian University Guide 2020, and third in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2020.
The School is ranked as second in Scotland for research, with more than 91% of the research output by staff in the School rated as internationally excellent or world-leading in the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in Statistics alongside modules in at least one other subject in the Faculty of Science. Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.
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.
- Mathematics: introduces the ideas and techniques required for further study of mathematics or applications to other sciences.
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: designed for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the first-year Mathematics module. Provides a secure base in elementary calculus.
First year students interested in Mathematics can also choose additional modules in Statistics, and in Pure and Applied Mathematics. Find a full list of first year Mathematics modules in the module catalogue.
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Combinatorics and Probability: introduces counting techniques for finite structures and the behaviour of random variables.
- Linear Mathematics: introduces the theory of vector spaces, linear independence, linear transformations and diagonalisation.
- Statistical Inference: introduces techniques for drawing inferences about population characteristics from observed data.
In addition, students must take at least one of the following second-year modules:
- Abstract Algebra: explores the key concepts of modern abstract algebra: groups, rings and fields.
- Analysis: introduces key concepts of real analysis: limit, continuity and differentiation.
- Multivariate Calculus: extends the techniques of calculus in a single variable to the setting of real functions of several variables.
Further modules in Mathematics may be taken, or one other subject in the Faculty of Science instead. Find a full list of second year Mathematics modules in the module catalogue.
If you decide to take Statistics in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options, ranging from statistical theory to practical applications in computer science.
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.
In your final year, you also undertake a project on a topic chosen in consultation with the teaching staff at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. You will be required to investigate the topic, submit a report and give a presentation.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours-level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules available for the current academic year can be found in the module catalogue.
“Mathematics has a great community spirit with plenty of support systems in place for students to help each other like Maths Base and the buddy system. There are lots of options available in different areas of statistics, pure and applied maths.”
Anna (Lincolnshire, England)