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Programme syllabus:

Master's Programme in Statistical Sciences, 60 Credits

Swedish name: Magisterprogram i statistik

This programme syllabus is valid: HT18 and until further notice

Programme code: SAMST

Credit points: 60

Registration number: 3.1.3-374-17

Responsible faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Established by: Board of Umeå School of Business and Economics, 2016-06-12

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 Credits) or an internationally equivalent degree with a major in Statistics or Mathematical Statistics or a similar subject from a internationally recognised university is required. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6 is also required.


Degree of Master of Science (60 Credits). Main field of study: Statistics.

Description of the education for current education cycle

Education on advanced level should build further upon knowledge retained during basic level
studies or the equivalent.
Advanced level education shall involve a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities relative
to first cycle education and, in addition to what applies to first cycle education
- further develop students' ability to independently integrate and use knowledge,
- develop students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable
independence or for research and development.
Higher Education Act 1 cpt 9 § (Högskolelagen 1 kap 9 §)

National goals for current degree

Knowledge and Understanding
For Degree of Master of Science 60 Credits, the students should be able to
- show knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including both an overview
of the field and deeper knowledge of certain parts of the field and insight into current research
and development, and
- demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.

Skills and Abilities
For Degree of Master of Science 60 Credits, the students should be able to
- demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex
phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information,
- demonstrate the ability to independently identify and formulate questions to address and to
plan and use appropriate methods to carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits;
- demonstrate the ability to verbally and in writing present and discuss their conclusions and
the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different types of groups, and
- demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development or to work in
other advanced contexts.

Ability to Evaluate and Approach
For Degree of Master of Science 60 Credits, the student should be able to
- demonstrate the ability within the main field of study to make judgments with regard to
relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects
of research and development,
- show insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and the
human responsibility for its use, and
- demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and to take
responsibility for the personal competence development.

Higher Education Ordinance, Appendix 2 - System of Qualifications (Högskoleförordningen,
Bilaga 2 – examensordningen)

Examination format

Examination forms vary between courses. Usually, written and/or oral exams are taken at the
end of each course and/or mandatory tasks are handed in continuously during a course. See
current course syllabus.



The program applies a three-point grading scale with the grades, Pass with distinction, Pass,
and Fail, unless otherwise stated in the syllabus for a particular course. Those who pass an
exam may not redo the exam for a higher grade.

Transfer of Credits

Students have the right to have a previous education or work experience assessed for transfer
of credits. For more information, see Higher Education Ordinance as well as:
A negative decision on recognition of previous courses is possible to appeal to the Higher
Education Appeals Board. A negative decision should also be motivated in writing.


The Master’s Programme in Statistical Sciences comprises 60 Credits and includes mandatory
courses, elective courses and optional courses. Elective and optional courses can be advanced
or basic level courses. Of the elective and optional courses at least 15 Credits has to be
advanced level courses to fulfil the degree requirements for a Master of Science (6o Credits).
Some courses can be given as full time courses (serial courses) while other are given as part
time courses (parallel courses).

Elective courses
On the first semester of the Master’s Programme in Statistical Sciences some of the courses
are electives. On an elective course, the student has a guaranteed place from a selection of
courses which are the equivalent of full-time studies, but there is no guarantee of first choice.
Which courses that are electives a specific year is posted on the university webpage
The choice of electives is made after a discussion with the
program coordinator or the study advisor after the student have received information about
admission to the program.

Optional courses
In the Master’s Programme in Statistical Sciences, the student can choose 15 Credits of
optional courses. Optional courses are applied for in open competition.

For the Degree of Master of Science 60 Credits the student must have completed a thesis of
15 Credits at advanced level in Statistics.

Program outline
First semester
Programming in Statistics 7.5 Credits
Causal inference 7.5 hp
Elective courses 15 Credits

Second semester
One Year Master Thesis in Statistics 15 Credits
Optional courses 15 Credits

Deferment of studies

Deferment of study entry may be granted if special circumstances exist. Examples of specific
reasons are social, medical or other special circumstances such as child care, military or civil
service, student union assignments or postponed leave according to law (1974:981) on work
labour rights to time off for education. Application for deferment is to be submitted to Student
A negative decision on deferment of enrolment may be appealed to the Higher Education
Appeals Board.

Approved leave from studies

The student admitted to the program can apply for a study break. The application is submitted
to the program coordinator. Study break with a guaranteed seat may be granted for the
following reasons: social, medical or other special circumstances such as child care, military
or civil-service or student union assignments.
Negative decision to resume studies after study breaks can be appealed to the Higher
Education Appeals Board



Students who interrupt their education shall notify their dropout to the Program Coordinator.



Access to courses in the program is governed by the course syllabus.