|Degree:||Master of Science (MSc)|
|Annual tuition (EEA)||0 EUR|
|Annual tuition (non-EEA)||15,300 EUR|
The MSc degree in Statistics is a flexible programme that builds general competencies in statistics while allowing students to specialise in the particular branch of statistics of their choice, such as one of the areas in which Aarhus University is particularly strong – theoretical and applied statistics, and probability theory.
Teaching on the programme is greatly influenced by research, as the lecturers are active researchers. In addition to lectures, instruction includes theoretical and practical exercises. Students on the statistics programme benefit from the down-to-earth, informal relationship between faculty and students, particularly when working on the thesis in year two of the programme.
Students in the programme are based at the Department of Mathematics, which has its own canteen, computer rooms, library, and study areas shared by students. As a master’s student, you will receive your own desk in an office shared with other master’s students. The department also has a number of student organisations such as Euler’s Friends and the Kalkulerbar or Friday bar, through which academic activities, study trips, and social functions are organised.
There is an undersupply of statisticians. Statistics graduates from Aarhus University are very much in demand, and their employment prospects are extremely good, whether in Aarhus, other major Danish cities, or overseas.
Recent statistics graduates have taken up careers in universities and research institutions, in the pharmaceutical industry, in the telecommunications and finance sectors, and in insurance companies. In universities, statistics graduates frequently work with doctors, biologists, or chemists in an interdisciplinary setting analysing large amounts of data, while others teach statistics. Within the pharmaceutical industry, statisticians plan clinical trials or design methods to test new drugs for unwanted side effects. In insurance, statistics graduates often work as actuaries, for instance contributing to working out tariffs.
Common to all these careers is that they require knowledge of a number of advanced mathematical models, and that is what the MSc in Statistics will equip you with.
Graduates can also apply to enter the PhD programme.
The Statistics programme at Aarhus University is characterised by a strong focus on theoretical aspects, and incoming students are required to have a strong background in advanced probability theory based on measure and integration theory.
Therefore, to be admitted to the statistics degree programme, it is a prerequisite that the applicant has a bachelor’s degree programme containing at least 30 ECTS mathematical analysis, including 10 ECTS measure theory, as well as at least 10 ECTS linear algebra. In addition, the bachelor's program must contain 30 ECTS mathematical statistics and 30 ECTS probability theory, of which at least 10 ECTS must be based on measure theory.
As the Master’s programme admits only a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme. Student places are allocated on the basis of an overall assessment. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses applicants according to the following criteria: academic background; overall grade level of bachelor’s degree; grades achieved on relevant courses; and relevant courses (measured in credit units) included in the bachelor’s degree.
Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of statistics and probability theory.