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Theory and Methodology of Statistical Science

The course deals with some basic scientific theoretical approaches to knowledge formation in an empirical way as well as statistical problem solving and modeling from an applied perspective. A consistent theme in the course is the role of models in empirical science.

The course starts with some basic scientific theoretical approaches to knowledge formation, e.g. how scientific knowledge is generated and changed. Different classical theoretical approaches to science are related to different statistical methods (eg hypothesis testing, Bayesian statistics, likelihood methods), in order to shed light on the relationship between philosophical questions about science and statistical inference and evidence / results.

Furthermore, the course provides an in-depth understanding of experimental and non-experimental research methods, especially with regard to validity, causal conclusions, control of sources of error, management of confounders. The course also provides tools for independently examining scientific theoretical assumptions behind different statistical methods.

The course also discusses ethical aspects and the statistician's role and responsibility towards clients, respondents, users and the surrounding society.

Further course information will appear soon on this page. Until then, information can be found on the department website.
  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and exercises.


    Examination will be in the form of oral and written presentations.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    If you have questions about studying at the Department of Statistics, please contact our study- and career counselor.