Statistics is a scientific discipline that is concerned with the drawing of objective conclusions from investigations where outcomes are subject to uncertainty or variability.
In Statistics, mathematical methods are developed and applied to guide the design of investigations, the collection and handling of data, the analysis and modelling of data, and the interpretation of the results. Statistics has applications in almost every academic discipline and many areas of everyday life.
Why study Statistics?
- Mathematics at the University of Glasgow is ranked 17th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020)
- Our work placement MSci degree provides an opportunity to combine your studies with hands-on experience working as a statistical analyst with one of our partner employers, developing vital workplace skills
- Our programmes are accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and have been consistently recognised for the diversity of the project work by our external examiners
- The MacLaurin Society (or MacSoc), is the university's Mathematics and Statistics Society. Named after the Scottish mathematician Colin MacLaurin, it has been running since the 1950's and provides a supportive and friendly atmosphere for students in the School
You will take courses covering topics in probability and introductory statistical methods, with examples and case studies illustrating how statistics is used in practice in the real world.
- STATISTICS 2R: PROBABILITY
- STATISTICS 2S: STATISTICAL METHODS
- MATHEMATICS 2A: MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS
- MATHEMATICS 2B: LINEAR ALGEBRA
- STATISTICS 2X: PROBABILITY II
- STATISTICS 2Y: REGRESSION MODELLING
- MATHEMATICS 2D: TOPICS IN LINEAR ALGEBRA AND CALCULUS
You will take four courses covering topics in statistical methods and probability, introducing the ideas of likelihood and regression modelling.
You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.
- INFERENCE 3
- LINEAR MODELS 3
- INTRODUCTION TO R PROGRAMMING
- MULTIVARIATE METHODS
- STOCHASTIC PROCESSES
- GENERALISED LINEAR MODELS
- TIME SERIES
- DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
- DATA ANALYSIS
- PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
- BAYESIAN STATISTICS
- PRINCIPLES OF PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
- ADVANCED BAYESIAN METHODS
- DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYTICS USING SAS
- FLEXIBLE REGRESSION
- LINEAR MIXED MODELS
- ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS
- STATISTICS PROJECT
If you proceed to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will study theory and practical training, which involves project planning, report writing and the development of presentational skills. General topics covered across courses include probability, modelling, design, inference, Bayesian methodology, and a range of applications including biostatistics, environmental statistics and financial statistics.
You will also complete case studies and projects on topics which may be drawn from the fields of bioinformatics, environmental studies, medicine, psychology, sports science and veterinary science.
One important feature of project activities is a presentation. You will give a talk describing your project problem, your analyses and results. This, along with writing a report in non-technical language, provides you with two important transferable skills. You will also gain experience in teamwork and learn to use statistical packages, as well as gaining appreciation of the use and misuse of computers and computer software in statistics.
There is also an opportunity to take an MSci degree over five years, which explores statistics topics in greater depth and includes an individually supervised research project.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Our international links
You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities as part of your degree. This won’t add any extra time to your studies; see Study abroad.
for entry in 2021
Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.
Summary of entry requirements for Statistics
SQA Higher Entry Requirements
- BBBB at S5 will be considered. Typically S6 entrants will have AAAAA at Higher. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher.
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject.
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)
- AABB – BBBB
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- AAB – BBB
- Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics.
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- 36 (6, 6, 5 HL) – 32 (6, 5, 5 HL)
- Additional requirements: HL Mathematics.
Glasgow International College
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
Our graduates have statistical, computational, numerate and presentational skills which are applicable in many fields such as medicine, education, transport, agriculture, engineering and economics. They are employed in a variety of posts such as quality engineer, actuary, accountant, credit risk analyst, clinical statistician, statistician, statistical programmer, teacher and operational researcher. Others go on to undertake postgraduate degrees.
Degrees and UCAS codes
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
College of Science and Engineering Deans' Award
The College of Science and Engineering is offering ten scholarships worth £10,000 each towards tuition fees for academically excellent students wishing to study an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught programme within the College’s programme portfolio.
Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2020 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.
RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).
James McCune Smith Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to both current and new applicants to the University.
The Ronald and Rita McAulay Scholarship
Mr Ronald McAulay, alumnus of the University (MA 1965), and his wife Rita wish to establish a Scholarship to support students who are Hong Kong nationals wishing to take up an undergraduate course of study at the University of Glasgow.
The McAulays would like to establish a scholarship which encourages Hong Kong residents to achieve an international education, therefore the award will cover course tuition fees and a living cost stipend.
The Martin Niemöller Scholarship (College of Science and Engineering)
The German Speaking Congregation in Glasgow are pleased to offer one scholarship award of £500 for students originating from German speaking countries. The scholarship will support those students in need of financial support at any stage of their degree programme.
All students awarded a Martin Niemöller Scholarship will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmissions to the donors of the award.
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.
University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award
In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation or Pre-masters course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a one off tuition fee discount of £3,000
The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2020. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Residential Services section on the website.
We are also offering four scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students)
How to apply for Advanced Entry
Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.
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