Uppsala University

Statistics, M.S.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English


Statistics are used daily in all areas of society and statistics as a science involves the study of methods used to draw conclusions about difficult problems. Examples of questions that can be answered with statistical methods are: What is the impact of new medical treatments and how strong is their effect? How many people are unemployed? What actions affect unemployment and to what extent? Will the repo rate go up or down within a certain time period?

As a statistician you usually work closely with subject specialists in a variety of areas and the statistician’s role is to have knowledge of how data are ­collected, analysed and interpreted.

Work as a statistician also includes method development, which is to improve existing or develop new methods. With a Master’s degree in Statistics, you get a good base to work with the above tasks.

Statistics is both a formal science and a practical approach, and both aspects are taken into account in the programme. The goal of the Master Programme in Statistics from Uppsala University is to prepare you well for skilled jobs, and for continuing graduate studies.

The programme begins with courses in Probability and Inference. These will consolidate and deepen the theoretical understanding of randomness and how to draw conclusions from data that contains random variation.

The theory oriented courses will provide a strong foundation in basic statistical theory that is later used in the more applied courses.

In the applied courses, you will learn how to use statistical techniques to deal with important real world problems. Obtained skills are collecting, processing and analysing data, interpreting and presenting results and empirical models.

Since the courses span over several areas such as biostatistics, econometrics, and structural equation models, there are numerous opportunities to specialise, depending on your interests.

Examples of courses offered are:

Econometrics, Epidemiology, Generalised Linear Models, Non-parametric Methods, Planning and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Statistical Programming in Structural Equation Models, Survival Analysis, and Repeated Measurements.

For example, the course Econometrics deals with statistical methods for the analysis of economic data and the estimation of theoretical economic models. Based on this analysis, relevant questions can be answered, e.g. what is the effect of a tax change, what is the return on education, etc.

In the course Survival Analysis, you will learn how to estimate the effect of a new medicine on survival time. These methods are moreover the same as those used to study the effects of labour market policies with regard to the time period an individual is unemployed. A good example of how useful statistical methods are in general!

The Statistics programme is offered by Uppsala University.


Statisticians are in demand on the labour market and through its methodological breadth, the Master Programme in Statistics offers students very good opportunities for employment in a variety of areas, both private and public. Amongst private employers, positions for statisticians are often found in the financial sector (banks, insurance, etc.), biomedical companies, research companies, opinion polling organisations and associations, while qualified statisticians in the public sector often work as analysts and investigators.

It is also common for statisticians to work at research institutions. The education also provides eligibility for PhD studies in Statistics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Probability Theory
  • Inference
  • Programming
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Econometric Theory and Methodology
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Structural Equation Models
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Repeated Measurements
  • Survival Analysis

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Also required is 90 credits in statistics.
  • All applicants need to verify English language proficiency.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies with emphasis on grades in relevant fields and degree project (if any);
  • a summary in English (1-2 pages) of a previous degree project (if any); and
  • a statement of purpose (1-2 pages).

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 20810 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000


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