The Master's programme in Applied Statistics at Trier University focuses on modern applied methods of statistics and trains students to become applied statisticians with a broad knowledge of the field and a specialisation in one of four topics. Due to the Economic and Social Statistics Department’s main research priorities, a special emphasis is put on computational (survey) statistics. The four specialisations are as follows: Survey Statistics, European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS), Data Science, and Geostatistics. In addition to profiting from the curriculum of the programme, students can get insight into actual statistical research through the Research Institute for Official and Survey Statistics (RIFOSS) located at Trier University.
As the need for evidence-based policies and thus for sound complex data analyses rises, the need for well-trained applied statisticians increases as well. Through its structure, the Master's programme ensures that students are not only trained in statistics but also get insight into subject matters like economics, social sciences, etc., creating a multidisciplinary environment. Graduates are thus able to fine-tune their profiles to prepare for their desired future lines of work (even within their chosen specialisation tracks). This ability is further enhanced by a collaboration with the University of Bamberg and Freie Universität Berlin, using modern teleteaching facilities. This ensures a broad spectrum of lectures from which students may choose. An international double Master's degree with the University of Pisa as well as a study abroad programme using ERASMUS funding are possible. Double Master's degrees in combination with programmes such as Business Mathematics, Data Science, Economics, and Economic Sociology provide further possibilities for students to shape their individual study tracks.
Trier is located close to the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) and other European institutions in Luxembourg. It is not far from the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in Wiesbaden and the German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) in Frankfurt am Main either. Accordingly, high-profile internship opportunities are nearby. Graduates will typically work in national statistical institutes (NSIs), central banks, or quantitatively-oriented research institutes, or they can pursue PhD studies (for especially excellent students at the Economic and Social Statistics Department at Trier University) and an academic career. Other likely future employers include banks and investment fund corporations, consultancies, market research firms, international organisations, and governmental agencies.
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