MSc in Statistics

Aarhus University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
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About this program

MSc in Statistics

Insight Into Advanced Mathematical Models

The MSc degree in Statistics is a flexible program that builds general competencies in statistics while allowing students to specialize in the particular branch of statistics of their choice, such as one of the areas in which Aarhus University is particularly strong – theoretical and applied statistics and probability theory.

Teaching in the Program is greatly influenced by research, as the lecturers are active researchers. In addition to lectures, instruction includes theoretical and practical exercises. Students in the statistics Program benefit from the down-to-earth, informal relationship between faculty and students, particularly when working on the thesis in year two of the Program.

Admission requirements

The Statistics Program at Aarhus University is characterized by a strong focus on theoretical aspects, and incoming students are required to have a strong background in advanced probability theory based on measure and integration theory. Therefore, to be admitted to the statistics degree Program, it is a prerequisite that the applicant has a bachelor’s degree program containing at least 30 ECTS mathematical analyses, including 10 ECTS measure theory, as well as at least 10 ECTS linear algebra. In addition, the bachelor's program must contain 30 ECTS mathematical statistics and 30 ECTS probability theory, of which at least 10 ECTS must be based on measure theory.

Selection Criteria

As the Master’s Program admits only a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the Program. Student places are allocated on the basis of an overall assessment. In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses applicants according to the following criteria: academic background; overall grade level of bachelor’s degree; grades achieved on relevant courses; and relevant courses (measured in credit units) included in the bachelor’s degree.

Relevant courses include core courses within the subject areas of statistics and probability theory

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
  • Others: €15,300

Continuing studies

Graduates can also apply to enter the PhD programme.

Career paths

There is an undersupply of statisticians. Statistics graduates from Aarhus University are very much in demand, and their employment prospects are extremely good, whether in Aarhus, other major Danish cities, or overseas.

Recent statistics graduates have taken up careers in universities and research institutions, in the pharmaceutical industry, in the telecommunications and finance sectors, and in insurance companies. In universities, statistics graduates frequently work with doctors, biologists, or chemists in an interdisciplinary setting analysing large amounts of data, while others teach statistics. Within the pharmaceutical industry, statisticians plan clinical trials or design methods to test new drugs for unwanted side effects. In insurance, statistics graduates often work as actuaries, for instance contributing to working out tariffs.

Common to all these careers is that they require knowledge of a number of advanced mathematical models, and that is what the MSc in Statistics will equip you with.


About this institute

Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!

Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...

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Why study at Aarhus University

An international and diverse university

Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.

Informal environment with focus on critical thinking

Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.

A comprehensive university

Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.

Contact info

Aarhus University

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

Phone no: +45 8942 1111
Fax +45 8942 1109


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