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.
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.
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.