Master Programme in Statistics 2013/2014
The Master Programme in Statistics at Uppsala University gives a solid foundation in statistical theory and a deeper knowledge in areas such as econometrics, psychometrics and biostatistics. This provides very good skills to critically analyse and interpret data from various application areas. With a degree from this programme you are well prepared and in demand for work in both the private and public sectors and for further studies in research education.
Statistics are used daily in all areas of society and statistics as a science involves the study of methods used to draw conclusions about difficult problems. Examples of questions that can be answered with statistical methods are:
- What is the impact of new medical treatments and how strong is their effect?
- How many people are unemployed? What actions affect unemployment and to what extent?
- Will the repo rate go up or down within a certain time period?
Work as a statistician also includes method development, which is to improve existing or develop new methods. With a masters degree in Statistics, you get a good base to work with the above tasks.
About the programme
Statistics is both a formal science and a practical approach, and both aspects are taken into account in the programme. The goal of the Master Programme in Statistics is to prepare students well for skilled jobs, and for continuing graduate studies.
The programme begins with courses in Probability and Inference. These will consolidate and deepen the theoretical understanding of randomness and how to draw conclusions from data that contains random variation.
For students who desire a more theoretical training and are interested in methodology, the programme provides the opportunity to further deepen the theoretical knowledge through additional courses, for example, Asymptotic Theory and Bayesian Methods.
The theory oriented courses will provide a strong foundation in basic statistical theory that is later used in the more applied courses.
In the applied courses, the student will learn how to use statistical techniques to deal with important real world problems. Obtained skills are collecting, processing and analysing data, interpreting and presenting results and empirical models.
Since the courses span over several areas such as biostatistics, econometrics, and structural equation models, there are numerous opportunities to specialize, depending on your interests.
Examples of courses offered are:
- Generalized Linear Models
- Non-parametric Methods
- Planning and Analysis of Clinical Trials
- Statistical Programming in R
- Structural Equation Models
- Survival Analysis
- Repeated Measurements
For example, the course in econometrics deals with statistical methods for the analysis of economic data and the estimation of theoretical economic models.
Based on this analysis, relevant questions can be answered, e.g. what is the effect of a tax change, what is the return on education, etc. In the course survival analysis, you will learn how to estimate the effect of a new medicine on survival time.
These methods are moreover the same as those used to study the effects of labour market policies with regard to the time-period an individual is unemployed. A good example of how useful statistical methods are in general!
The programme leads to a Master of Social Science (120 credits) with Statistics as the main field of study.
After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Social Science (60 credits).
The Master Programme in Statistics is an international education and is taught in English. Instruction is mainly in the form of lectures, seminars and tutorials with elements of assignments. Examination of the courses is in the form of written exams, assignments and seminars. The grades are Pass and Pass with distinction.
Courses within the programme
First, second and third semester
The study consists of core courses as:
Alongside these courses are offered more applied courses. Examples of courses:
Econometric Theory and Methodology
Time Series Analysis
Structural Equation Models
Generalized Linear Models
Master thesis 30 credits
The Master Programme in Statistics prepares students for a successful career, both nationally and internationally.
Statisticians are in demand on the labour market and through its methodological breadth, the Master Programme in Statistics offers students very good opportunities for employment in a variety of areas, both private and public. Amongst private employers, positions for statisticians are often found in the financial sector (banks, insurance, etc.), biomedical companies, research companies, opinion polling organizations and associations, while qualified statisticians in the public sector often work as analysts and investigators.
It is also common for statisticians to work at research institutions. The education also provides eligibility for graduate studies in statistics.