Profile and Career - MSc in Statistics – University of Copenhagen

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Profile and Career

In practice, statistics is a combination of three different disciplines:

  • Probability theory, which is the field of mathematics that describes uncertainty.
  • Theoretical statistics, which comprises philosophical considerations about how best to translate between mathematics and reality.
  • Practical data processing, which is an area of applied computer science.

You will often also need to acquire significant insights into the field which the study in question deals with.

Competence Description

Graduating in statistics give the competences to:

  • Conduct independent statistic analysis and complex experiments and observational research.
  • Research contemporary topics with probabilistic methods.
  • Develop new statistical solution models
  • Independently take responsibility for his or hers own professional development and specialization. 

Career Opportunities 

There is high demand for statisticians and there is zero unemployment. Statisticians find jobs in, for instance:

  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • The public health insurance sector
  • The financial sector
  • Agricultural research

Some statisticians are employed at universities as scientists or teachers. This requires you to get a PhD. Others work as consultants or as private entrepreneurs.

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