Bachelor of Science (Statistics)

Overview

  • Program code: BP245
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:

    82.15

  • Campus: City campus

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Statistics is the mathematical science of collecting and analysing data to draw conclusions and make predictions.

Statisticians contribute to scientific enquiry by applying their technical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; the collection, processing, and analysis of data; and the interpretation of the results.

If you choose to study statistics at RMIT, you’ll learn to use a number of industry-relevant computer packages and gain the skills and knowledge to apply statistics to a broad range of industries.

Statisticians apply problem-solving and data analysis skills to fields including:

  • banking and finance (maximising profit and minimising risk)
  • medical research (treatment and drug efficacy)
  • environmental modelling (resources, biodiversity, weather and climate)
  • marketing (market segmentation and clustering).

A wide variety of companies rely on statistics for reporting, data modelling and forecasting operational results.

This program - one of the only stand-alone statistics programs offered in Australia - is highly regarded for its industry engagement and employment focus.

RMIT statistics graduates are prized for their hands-on IT literacy, problem-solving skills and exposure to real-world statistical problems throughout their studies.

This program is for you if you're interested in:

  • solving problems through data analysis
  • predicting future trends in the environment, economy and finance
  • sports statistics
  • the practical application of mathematics and statistics theory.

Statisticians must know more than statistics. A statistician who works in medicine or in a manufacturing plant or in market research must learn enough about medicine or engineering or marketing to understand the data in their setting.

Statisticians need the ability to work with other people, to listen, and to communicate.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time study may be available

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions. These are primarily in English.

You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

You'll undertake core studies in applied statistics, together with several courses from 1 of 3 specialisations:

  • environmental modelling
  • finance
  • marketing.

Every year you'll do a work-integrated learning course typically involving working in a team on a real-life industry problem.

Year 1

You'll study the basics of calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, mathematical programming and professional practice.

Years 2 and 3

You'll learn about the mathematical foundations of statistics together with the numerous areas of application (quality control, experimental design, sampling theory, multivariate data analysis, regression analysis, forecasting time series and sports statistics). It is at this stage that you choose your specialisation.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

During third year you'll undertake a project that's linked to industry and the real problems you'll face in the workforce.

Students have worked on industry projects in organisations including VicRoads, Victorian Institute of Sport (Melbourne Vixens), Badminton Australia, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Australia Bank, Dairy Innovation Australia, Deloitte Australia, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Crown Melbourne Limited, Red Cross Blood Bank, The Smith Family, and Biarri Commercial Mathematics, to name just a few.

Career

The world is becoming quantitative. More and more professions, from the everyday to the exotic, depend on data and numerical reasoning.

There is a chronic undersupply of statistics graduates currently, and the Australian Government forecasts a 33% growth in demand for statisticians over the next three years. In other words there has never been a better time to study statistics.

Graduates work in sports statistics at the AIS and the Australian Football League (AFL) and public service for organisations like Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Bureau of Meteorology and Australia Post. They also enter many banking and finance careers.

Professional recognition and accreditation

You'll be eligible for graduate membership of the Statistical Society of Australia and the Australian Society for Operations Research.

Global opportunities

You can study 1 or more semesters at any of the 120 partner universities through the Education Abroad program.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

Prerequisites

Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics.

Selection tasks

Form: All applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.

Fees

Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.

Pathways

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Mathematical & Geospatial Sci

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences
Building 8, Level 9
360 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2283
Email: smgs@rmit.edu.au

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Disclaimer

Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.