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Master Thesis in Statistics, 30 Credits

Swedish name: Masteruppsats i statistik

This syllabus is valid: 2018-10-01 and until further notice

Course code: 2ST023

Credit points: 30

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Statistics: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Statistics

Revised by: Rector of Umeå School of Business and Economics, 2018-09-27


During the course the student will individually perform a statistical work presented in a scientific paper. The work may consist of statistical data analysis, evaluation of statistical methods or review and summary of literature on some statistical area. The subject dealt with may be linked to ongoing research at the university, be a deepening of the work of a consulting nature or treat one's own area of interest. The thesis can be an extension of the thesis, written in the C-level or be totally independent. The thesis is presented and defended orally at an open seminar. The course also includes examination, evaluation and discussion of other students' theses.

Expected learning outcomes

Having completed the course the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge in an area of statistical science;
  • independently seek and evaluate statistical knowledge;
  • independently formulate, define and analyze a statistical problem;
  • report in writing, with scientific documentation technique, an independent scientific statistical work;
  • orally present and defend an independent scientific statistical work;
  • examine, evaluate and discuss fellow students theses;
  • provide statistical knowledge to people without specialist knowledge in statistics;
  • demonstrate the ability to accomplish independent work within specified time limits.

Required Knowledge

Univ: 30 ECTS advanced level in statistics and/or in mathematical statistics or equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6

Form of instruction

The course consists of tutorials, lectures and seminars, where some of the seminars are mandatory. Supervision is provided only for the time when the course is in progress.

Examination modes

The thesis must be presented and defended at a seminar. The student must also oppose on another thesis in statistics. To pass the course requires, in addition to an approval of the thesis, also that the presentation and the defense of the thesis, as well as the opposition on another thesis are approved.

Students may request an examination in accordance with this syllabus up to three times over a two year period following its expiry.

Credit for previous studies is subject to individual examination. For more information, see the university's collection of rules.


Valid from: 2018 week 40

The Committee on Professional Ethics of the Americ
Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice
The American Statistical Association : 2018 :
Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice