The Master's degree program comprises a Master's Thesis of 60 ECTS, 20 ECTS mandatory courses in computer-intensive statistics and multivariable statistical analysis, and four courses (40 ECTS) of electives or special curriculum.
Statisticians at the Department of mathematics and statistics are mainly focusing on imaging, climate research, medical statistics, ecology and machine learning. The Master's Thesis, electives and special curriculum make it possible for students to specialize in these different areas
For each programme at the University of Tromsø there are set targets for knowledge, skills and competences that a student should have reached by the end of studies.
On completion of the program, graduates will have the following attributes:
Graduates from the Master's of Science in Statistics degree are in demand, and typically work with people from other fields in research institutions, consultant companies, insurance companies, banks, industry, oil companies, education, advanced technology and software development.
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Admission to the programme in Statistics - master, requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Statistics or Mathematics or another degree following a program of study of at least three years, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.
In addition, specialization in statistics/mathematics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits is required.
More information on formal admission requirements:
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
Are you an international applicant? Read more here.
The Master's degree in Statistics consists of lectures and coursework. A passing grade on the mandatory homework sets is normally required for permission to take the examination. An oral exam is most common for the Master's degree courses. See the course descriptions for more information. The Master's Thesis is assessed by a committee based on the Thesis itself, an oral presentation of the Thesis and an oral exam.
The language of instruction and all syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.
The Master's Thesis may also be written either in English or a Scandinavian language.
On sucessfull completion of the degree program, studentes may be qualified for admission to a PhD-program in Statistics at the University of Tromsø or elsewhere.
After an agreement with the department, a period of study abroad can be arranged in the first or second term of the program.
There are also possibilities through open Erasmusagreements and other open international exchange programmes at UiT.
For more information about international exchange programmes, see Utveksling for studenter ved NT-fak