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Why choose this programme?

How can we find out if a new medicine works and which genes increase the risk of a disease? How does an insurance company decide how much your insurance will cost? How can you measure the risk of a financial investment, find an optimal strategy, or set the price of an option? These are some of the questions that you can learn about in this study programme.

A brief description of the programme

In the master’s programme in Stochastic modeling, statistics and risk analysis, you learn to use and develop different tools based on mathematics, probability, statistics and computer science. Such tools are increasingly used to solve problems in many different fields, such as medicine, biotechnology, industry, social sciences, finance and insurance.

The master programme has two options.

  • In the programme option Finance, insurance and risk, you learn to analyze and control various forms of risk using mathematics and information technology, combined with economics, probability and statistics.
  • In the programme option Statistics, you will learn about statistical models and methods and how you can use them to aquire knowledge from data.

Study environment

We know that students who thrive are students who are more successful in the academic profession. That’s why we want you to be a student with us!

At the start of the study you will get the opportunity to get acquainted with old and new students and employees, both professionally and socially. If you are looking for something practical about your study, or need guidance, please contact us.

The University of Oslo has a rich student life with over 200 student associations. We encourage all our students to engage socially. As a student, you have access to pleasant student areas, both for study and social activities, in close association With the research communities. Read more about Student Life

Studies abroad

You can travel on exchange through the key agreements the University of Oslo offers. We recommend that you travel preferably in the second, possibly in the third semester. Another possibility is staying abroad in connection with the work with the master’s thesis. Read more about studies abroad.

Career prospects

After studying, you will have a good foundation for working in a number of areas both in private and public sector. Many of our Master’s theses are directly linked to practical problems for companies and institutions in Norway. Some of the master’s students who achieve very good academic results continue to pursue a research career by taking a doctorate (PhD) at the University of Oslo or another university. Read more about career prospects.

Learning outcomes

Through the master’s programme in Stochastic modelling, statistics and risk analysis, you will gain in-depth knowledge of a wide range of methods and techniques for analysis and problem solving in insurance, finance, risk analysis or statistics. You will develop good theoretical insight and the ability to apply the theory to develop methods and techniques to solve problems.

After completing a master’s degree in Stochastic modeling, statistics and risk analysis, you have achieved:

Proficiency

  • You have specialized and updated knowledge within one of the main areas of the programme in insurance, finance, risk analysis and statistics.
  • You have deep insight, understanding and intuition within a special field that varies depending on choice of programme option and master’s project.
  • You have solid knowledge of a wide range of methods and techniques based on mathematics, probability, statistics and computer science and can use them for analysis and problem solving.
  • A broad background is required to choose appropriate methods for the work on the master’s project and for the problems the candidates will encounter in their professional life. How broad background a candidate will have, varies somewhat depending on choice of courses and topic for the master’s thesis.

Skills

  • You are able to grasp relevant practical problems, to formulate the problems mathematically, and to find solutions to the problems using suitable analytical and/or numerical methods.
  • In the work on the master’s Project, you get practice in studying the relevant literature and to use it in an active and critical manner in relation to your own project.
  • Most master’s projects involve numerical calculations that give training in the use of relevant programming tools and software.
  • You have a good understanding of the relationship between a specific problem and the mathematical model that describes the problem.
  • Many master’s projects are based on a practical problem and give the students training in evaluating the suitability of a mathematical or statistical model.

General competence

  • You can express yourself accurately and scientifically in Norwegian and English, both written and verbally.
  • A number of master’s courses include project work that provides training in written and oral presentation.
  • During the work on the master’s thesis, ypu receive feedback on both the form and the content of the written work.
  • At the final master’s hearing you present your theses and discuss them with the external and internal sensor.
  • You can collaborate, also across disciplines, with other specialists.
  • You have professional insight and overall understanding and can discuss and communicate professional issues at different levels of precision. This is crucial for their future professional life, where they will collaborate with other specialists (such as economists, lawyers, engineers and doctors).

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