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Statistics Degrees

Studying statistics at university is likely to be challenging, requiring mastery of complex skills and advanced data collection and analysis methods. Yet the basic principles underlying the subject are actually fairly simple: collect data, organize it, analyze it, and deliver an interpretation. The resulting information is used to influence major decisions in a wide range of sectors, from politics to pharmaceuticals, and from advertising to insurance.

Commonly taught within university mathematics departments, statistics is in many ways an offshoot of the mathematical field of probability – and a strong background in mathematics is essential for anyone considering applying for a statistics degree. However, studying statistics will also often entail some overlap with social sciences subjects such as economics, sociology, accounting and finance – all fields in which statistical methods play a key role.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a statistics degree include:

  • Research and data collection
  • Data analysis and evaluation
  • Clear presentation of findings
  • General IT skills
  • Very high-level numeracy
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-management, including planning and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to approach issues from multiple perspectives
  • Application of theory to real-life situations