Taught course

Statistical Data Science

Birkbeck, University of London · Economics, Mathematics and Statistics

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Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate in Statistical Data Science introduces you to the methods for the practical implementation of various types of statistical analyses, firmly grounded within the context of the underlying statistical theory and associated mathematics.

The course is ideal for those who are looking to upskill quickly in the theoretical underpinnings and practical implementation of the kinds of statistical analyses that are often required in the practice of data science.

It will give you the confidence to ask the right questions when presented with a statistical analysis, and to carry out such an analysis by yourself using a high level statistical programming language.

The philosophy that underpins the training given on this course is that of being both rigorous and applied. You will gain an understanding of some of the main statistical methods that are used in data science, such as:

  • simple experimental design and analysis
  • multiple linear regression
  • logistic, and more generally, dichotomous, regression
  • log-linear modelling for contingency table analysis.

You will also be able to apply these techniques to the analysis of real-world data sets and gain a thorough grounding in the use of R.

The course regularly attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, such as banking, dentistry, investment fund management, local and central government, medicine, retail, and teaching. A number of prospective entrepreneurs have gone on to successfully found and run their own statistical consultancies.


  • A quick way to upskill in the theoretical underpinnings and practical implementation of the statistical analysis required in a large number of data science settings. Rigour, attention to detail, and nuance in particular, are strongly emphasised within the programme.
  • Ideal as a way to top up existing knowledge, as preparation for further graduate study or as a stand-alone course.
  • The course can be used as an entry qualification to our MSc Applied Statistics courses for students who have a first degree in a different field and need to gain the requisite expertise in statistical science and mathematics.
  • Researchers in the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics regularly offer insight and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop groundbreaking technologies. Read more about our research.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • GradCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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