The Master’s Programme in Statistics at Uppsala University offers you a solid foundation in statistical theory and a deeper knowledge of areas such as econometrics, psychometrics and biostatistics. This provides you with the skills to critically analyse and interpret data from various application areas. This makes you well-prepared and in-demand for work in both the private and public sectors and for further studies in research education.
Faculty and research. The research at the Department of Statistics mainly concerns two fields, econometrics (both micro and time series econometrics) and Structural Equations Modeling (SEM). Within micro econometrics the focus is on causal inference while in time series econometrics, we study macro economic models, in particular analysis of long term relations, i.e. cointegration, and forecasting. SEM deals with the modeling of unobserved (i.e. latent) variables which is popular in psychology and business administration.
We are also interested in analysis of financial data. Many empirical studies indicate that such data are volatile, which means that their degree of fluctuation differs between different time periods. (For example, the volatility is high during periods of financial crisis.) Hence, there is a great need for statistical methods that take this kind of behavior into account.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
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?
- What actions affect unemployment and to what extent?
- What are the effects of terrorist attacks on election outcomes?
- Problems related to “Big Data”, for example, how to understand and target customers, how to understand and optimise business processes, or how to improve sports performance.
As a statistician you usually work closely with subject specialists in a variety of areas and the statistician’s role is to have knowledge of how data are collected, analysed and interpreted. Work as a statistician also includes method development, which is to improve existing or develop new methods.
During the programme you can expect to:
- be able to interpret, analyse, and critically evaluate results on the basis of scientific and ethical considerations
- develop your ability to, critically and creatively, identify and formulate problems of significance for statistical science
You have a strong foundation in statistics. You might have some practical experience working in the field after taking your Bachelor’s degree but not so long so you have forgotten your broad theoretical base and study techniques.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about and you would value an opportunity to get in closer contact with current research. You also know that experts in statistics are in high demand in many business areas so starting to work right after graduation is also something you are considering. You like to keep your options open for now.
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).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in statistics.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies with emphasis on grades in relevant fields and degree project (if any);
- a summary in English (1-2 pages) of a previous degree project (if any); and
- a statement of purpose (1-2 pages).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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