Award Type and NFQ level : HIGHER DIPLOMA (8)

CAO/PAC code : MHR58;MHR59

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 August 2024

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Those holding the Higher Diploma are deemed to have reached the honours degree standard in statistics; it is awarded at pass and honours levels. Those holding the Diploma with a First Class Honours or with Second Class Honours Grade 1 are deemed ready for higher postgraduate research work in statistics or related fields.


Students considering taking this course with a view to teaching mathematics are strongly advised to talk to the Teaching Council in advance.

The minimum requirement for entry to the Higher Diploma in Statistics is a primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent honours degree), in which mathematics formed a substantial component. This includes degrees such as Mathematical Studies, Computer Science, or Education (with three years of mathematics). Some prior exposure to statistics is highly desirable. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent honours degree) which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and international applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

The course is suitable for those wishing to take up employment as a statistician in areas such as the Civil Service, the pharmaceutical sector, banking and finance, insurance, market research, environmental monitoring, industrial quality control, statistical programming and data management.

Online application only

PAC Code

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.

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