About the subject

Do you want an exciting job and would you like to be sought after in the labour market? As a statistician, you have access to a wide labour market.

Statistical methods have been developed in collaboration with different application areas such as opinion surveys, economic forecasts and official statistics production. Statistics are therefore an important aid in connection with different forms of social planning. Statistical methods are also used within pharmaceutical research, biological research, psychological research and industrial quality control, as well as within retail and web analysis. Therefore there is currently great demand for individuals who can analyze data.

Statistics as a science entails developing methods in order to conduct statistical surveys and then analyzing the results. When you study statistics you learn about methods for collecting, processing, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. You practice discussing and evaluating the effects of different sources of error during studies of data material. Probability reasoning plays an important role for describing uncertainty. The use of computer programs is also an important feature of the education. During the first semester the emphasis is on practical applications. There is greater focus on statistical theory at higher levels. Depending on the current supply, you can choose to specialize within different specialist areas, such as multivariate methods, sample surveys or survival analysis with demographic application. The department’s research areas include experimental design and official statistics.

Career opportunities

The labour market for statisticians is currently good and this trend is expected to continue for both recent graduates and experienced statisticians. Statisticians are required within all areas and are sought after by both the public sector and private companies. Opinion and marketing institutes, the financial market, pharmaceuticals companies, the State, municipalities and interest organisations are some examples of work areas with opportunities for statisticians.

Courses and programmes


For a bachelor’s degree in Statistics you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the bachelor’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

The bachelor’s degree in Statistics is only offered in Swedish.

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For a master’s degree in Statistics you can choose to study individual courses or join one of the master’s programmes listed under Educations within the subject.

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Research at the Department of Statistics, Stockholm University focuses mostly, but not exclusively, on three profile areas which reflect research interests of past and present chairs at the department.

Official Statistics

The research area comprises all aspects of production of official statistics and similar types of statistics. Thus it includes data collection methods, assessment of measurement errors, nonresponse issues, sampling, estimation, temporal issues of survey inference, register-based statistics, statistical disclosure control, response burden and total survey quality.

Bayesian Inference

Bayesian inference has, in recent years, gained strong ground within both practical and theoretical statistics. The fundamental idea is that all inference should consider previous knowledge in the process of decision making. Many dissertations have been produced in this area within the department.

Design of experiments

Experiments have been conducted in many areas like Medicine and Manufacturing Industry, and have recently been extended to the Behavioral Sciences and Economics.