Faculty of Science

Study programs

Master's in Statistics

In the master's degree program in Statistics students learn important models and methods from Probability Theory, Statistics, Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science. As a scientific discipline Statistics is brought to bear in diverse fields and is considered a key technology for scientific research. The students get acquainted with recent research in these fields and are guided to work independently on a scientific project.

"I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I'm not kidding.”
Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, 2009.

Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science are exact sciences with strong connections to mathematics and computer science. They are applied in various fields as in natural and economic science, medical, industrial as well as the actuarial sector.

The emphasis is placed on methodological developments in mathematical statistics and probability theory, also in view of applications to actuarial science and mathematical finance. The students get acquainted with recent research in these fields and are guided to work on a scientific project (master thesis).

A good starting point for this three-semester program is a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Students with a bachelor's or equivalent degree in a different field are welcome as well. The main requirement is that this degree should contain at least 60 ECTS credit points in Mathematics and 30 ECTS credit points in Statistics.

Having obtained a master's degree in Mathematics or Statistics with good or excellent grade, it is possible to enter our research-oriented PhD program.

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Basic information
Degree: Master of Science in Statistics, University of Bern
Number of credits: 90 ECTS credits
Degree programs:
  • Mono 90 ECTS credits

 
Option for students pursuing other degrees:

  • Minor 30 ECTS credits
Duration: 3 semesters
Language: English
Beginning of studies: Fall or spring semester

The emphasis of this study program is placed on important models and methods from Probability Theory, Statistics, Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Students may also take courses from the Master program in mathematics. The students get acquainted with recent research in these fields and are guided to work on a scientific project (master thesis).

The Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science offers part-time positions as teaching or consulting assistants to very strong students who are also fluent in German.

The Master in Statistics (as major) corresponds to 90 ECTS-Points. It consists of the Master module of 60 ECTS and a Master thesis corresponding to 30 ECTS. The study time is 3 semesters.

The courses in this program are held in English.

The Master module of 60 ECTS consists in Lectures and at least one (and at most two) Seminars. The lecture courses and seminars belong to four areas: Probability Theory (WT), Statistics (ST), Finance and Insurance (FV) and Mathematics (MA). The Study Regulation requires that at least three of these areas are attended with at least 10 ECTS points each.

Sem. Master in Statistics (Major, 90 ECTS) according to the plan of studies from September 1st, 2008
7 The Master module of 60 ECTS consists in lectures and at least one (and at most two) seminars; at least three of the following areas must be attended with at least 10 ECTS points each: Probability Theory (WT), Statistics (ST), Finance and Insurance (FV) and Mathematics (MA).
8 Master thesis, 30 ECTS
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Special dates

The oral or written exams generally take place two weeks before the start of the following semester. All students have to register for the exams through KSL, where the dates for the registration are fixed. Until about two weeks before the exam, there is the possibility to cancel the registration.

Special dates for exams for exchange students are usually in the last week of the semester. Please consult the lecturer in charge for further information.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualification is required for admission to the master’s degree program in Statistics (mono):

Bachelor's degree or an equivalent university degree with at least 60 ECTS credits in:

  • Mathematics or
  • Statistics and
  • at least 30 ECTS credits in theory of probability and statistics

provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits (admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program). The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Please consult the admission requirements for the minor as presented in the plan of studies.

The degree used for assessment purposes may not be more than ten years old.

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Statistik, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
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Application with a Swiss degree

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Application with an international degree

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For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

As soon as the requirements set by the study regulations are fulfilled, you can apply for a formal completion of your studies through the Deans office. The information about the completion process you can find here.

There exists a big demand for skilled statisticans and actuaries. Vocational perspectives are accordingly good. Statisticians are employed in insurance companies or banks, in administrations but also in the medical or private sector. Graduates report on their occupation in the study guide to statistics and actuarial science.

After completing your studies (Master or PhD) there are various options for further qualifications, as for example the postgraduate program in actuarial science offered by the Swiss Association of Actuaries (SAV).