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Stockholm University offers one of the best environments in Europe for research and higher education in Economics. Former students are employed as economists in a wide range of fields, such as national and international organisations, government, business and finance. The Department of Economics at Stockholm University has 30 faculty members. Courses are also taught by researchers at the Instutite for International Economic Studies, IIES, and the Swedish Institute for Social Research, SOFI.
The Department of Economics is a member of the Socrates/Erasmus Exchange Program, and takes part in Stockholm University's NORDPLUS and central exchange agreements. For information see: Exchange studies.
The Department of Economics offers a two-year Master Programme in Economics as well as a Research Master Programme in Economics, both taught in English. Application is in January/February and courses start in late August or early September. For information see: Master programmes.
Doctoral studies in Economics at Stockholm University is organized by the Department of Economics in cooperation with IIES and SOFI. Stockholm University and the Stockholm School of Economics offer joint courses for PhD students in economics, economic statistics and finance within the Stockholm Doctoral Course Programme in Economics, Econometrics and Finance, SDPE. For information see: PhD programme.
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 analyse data.
Statistics as a science entails developing methods in order to conduct statistical surveys and then analysing the results. When you study statistics you learn about methods for collecting, processing, analysing 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 specialise 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.
LABOUR MARKET 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.
DEGREE In order to be awarded a degree of Bachelor with statistics as the main field of study, you can either study freestanding courses of 90 credits in the subject, together with courses of 90 credits in optional subjects, or choose any of the following programmes:
* Bachelor’s Programme in Economics and Statistics (and select statistics as the main field of study)
* Bachelor’s Programme in Urban and Regional Planning (and select statistics as the main field of study)
After the degree of Bachelor, you can study the Master’s programme in statistics.
Area of interest: Business and Economics
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