Statistik: mehr als Erbsen zählen

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Mastervorkurs Statistik
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Studying Statistics

Coincidence? - We get to the bottom of everything!

Every day we find tables and graphics in newspapers, on television and on the Internet. That's why many think that would be statistics. In truth, there is a lot more behind it. Statistics is the separation of chance and system, inferring from samples to the whole population, identifying causal relationships and behavioral equations, or finding small needles in large haystacks.

In the wake of the modern data revolution, statistics are becoming increasingly important in almost all areas of the economy, science and everyday life. Planning clinical trials, quality control in industry, forecasting election results or economic growth rates rely on modern statistics.


Statistics ...

... is that something for me?

Yes, if you enjoy math and numbers and are not afraid of computers. Because data analysis is often computationally intensive. Communication skills and quick comprehension are also needed - a large part of the work takes place with users in ever new problem areas.

... this is us!

A department with about 800 students. This allows studying in small groups with personal care. About half of the students are women.

... the studies!

The Technische Universität Dortmund offers four courses and degrees in the field of statistics. The bachelor degree programs are currently admission-free.


Statistics - Bachelor (6 semesters)

  • Fundamentals of mathematics and statistics
  • Application of statistical methods
  • Basics in the minor subject (e.g. economics, medicine, mechanical engineering)
  • Bachelor Thesis (3 months)


Statistics - Master (4 semesters)

  • In-depth lectures and seminars in statistics
  • Specialization courses in the minor subject
  • Master thesis (6 months)


Data Science - Bachelor (6 semesters)

  • Fundamentals of mathematics and statistics
  • Basics of databases and programming
  • Bachelor Thesis (3 months)


Data Science - Master (4 semesters)

  • In-depth lectures and seminars in statistics
  • Focused lectures in Computer Science
  • Master thesis (6 months)


Econometrics - Master (4 semesters)

  • Jointly offered by TU Dortmund, Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Specialization in econometrics and applied economic research
  • Large pool of electives and in-depth lectures and seminars in econometrics, statistics and economics
  • Master thesis (6 months)


... focus and job prospects!

In the Master program Statistics you can additionally choose one of the following topics:
• Biometrics - applications in medicine, genetics and ecology
• Econometrics / Empirical Economic Research - Applications in Economics
• Technometry - applications in the engineering and natural sciences
• Official Statistics - EMOS: European Master in Official Statistics

These areas are based on the most important fields of work of our graduates. These include banks, stock exchanges and insurance companies, pharmaceutical research, the aerospace industry, market and opinion research institutes or even the statistical offices of our country, to list just a few selected areas of work. However, neither the minor subject nor the main field of study are decisive for the future career path - our training is flexible and allows for quick familiarization with all fields of work. Because of these diverse fields of application, the job prospects for our students have always been excellent - the unemployment rate of our graduates has been close to zero percent for decades.


"I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I'm joking, but who would've guessed that computer engineers would've been the sexy job of the 1990s? The ability to take data - to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it - that's going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades..." (Hal Varian, Chefökonom von Google, The McKinsey Quarterly, Januar 2009)