Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma is the highest level of our professional exams. It is of a standard equivalent to that of a good UK honours degree in statistics, giving a thorough and wide-ranging treatment of theoretical and applied statistics at final-year undergraduate level. It is widely recognised and respected, nationally and internationally, by employers in the public and private sectors. It is recognised by many universities for entry to postgraduate study in statistics.

Please note that The Royal Statistical Society has decided to withdraw from offering its own professional examinations after the May 2017 session. This decision has been made to allow the Society to focus its resources on setting and maintaining professional standards in statistics and allied disciplines, in the UK and Internationally. Please see our dedicated page on Withdrawal of professional examinations for more information.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma has five modules that you can take separately or in any combination, during any time period. Separate certificates are awarded for each module. To be awarded the Graduate Diploma you need to pass all five modules.
Each module has a three-hour exam paper. Each contains eight questions and you are required to answer five.

Entry requirement

You must know all the material in our Ordinary Certificate and our Higher Certificate and have a good knowledge of appropriate mathematical methods.

Full details including the syllabus are available on our key information page.