Profile and Career

Statistics is largely the use of models to describe the real world. You often need to design the models specifically to describe a certain problem. This process requires your creativity in combination with your mathematical skills.

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.

Competence Description

The MSc programme in Statistics gives you the competences to:

  • conduct independent statistical analysis, complex experiments, and observational research
  • research contemporary topics with probabilistic methods
  • develop new statistical solution models
  • independently take responsibility for your own professional development and specialization. 

See the full description of the knowledge, competencies and skills you obtain in the curriculum for Statistics.

Career Opportunities 

Being a statistician, you are in high demand and there is virtually no 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.