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Master in Statistics : General

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Master in Statistics : General

This formation is taught in french and in english.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Statistics : General
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-STAT
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Sciences
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Sciences and technics/Sciences
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french / english
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Plaine/Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Sciences and technics - Sciences
  • Jury President
    Maarten JANSEN
  • Jury Secretary
    Thomas VERDEBOUT

Details

General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french / english

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Plaine/Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Sciences and technics - Sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
Infor-études

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

The Master in Statistics teaches students the difficult art of transforming data into information and helping decision-makers and researchers in other fields analyse this information most efficiently. The programme offers three specialisations, with specific learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Theoretical statistics

  • Applied statistics

  • Economics and statistics

  • The specialisation in theoretical statistics provides students with the methodological knowledge required to design new statistical procedures and pursue doctoral studies in probability or statistics;

  • The specialisation in applied statistics prepares students for a career in statistics (in experimental sciences, human sciences, or in the industry) or for doctoral studies in applied statistics;

  • The specialisation in economics and statistics offers first-class education in statistics, quantitave economics, and econometrics. This programme is unique in French-speaking Belgium and is taught in English, attracting foreign students from all around the world.

  • The track statistique théorique brings students the methodological knowledge that is needed to design new statistical procedures and/or to start doctoral studies in probability or in statistics;

  • The track statistique appliquée aims at preparing students for a statistics career (in experimental sciences, human sciences, or in the industry) or for doctoral studies in applied statistics;

  • The Economics and Statistics track offers first-class education in statistics, quantitave economics and econometrics. This program, that is unique in French-speaking Belgium (Communauté Française), is taught in English, and attracts foreign students from all over the world.

Most courses are offered as lecture classes. The small number of students in the programme, however, eliminates the usual drawbacks of this teaching method an makes interactivity possible.

Of course, the curriculum also involves courses that involve homework and reports.

Finally, computers play an important role in the programme, not only in courses dedicated to statistical software applications or computational statistics, but also in other courses where computers are used to illustrate theories and to put into practice the methods taught.

Statistics finds its origin both in mathematics and in applications, and is virtually present in all branches of human activity. This explains that statistics courses are found in the curricula of all faculties–hard sciences, human sciences, medicine, engineering. This diversity, which is expressed in the curriculum of the Master in Statistics, is one of the most attractive characteristics of careers in statistics.

The specialisation in economics and statistics is organised in collaboration with ECARES (European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics – www.ecares.org). It offers first-class education in statistics, quantitave economics, and econometrics. This programme is unique in French-speaking Belgium and is taught in English, attracting foreign students from all around the world.

The track « economics and statistics » is organized in collaboration with ECARES (European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics – www.ecares.org). This track offers first-class education in statistics, quantitative economics and econometrics. This program, that is unique in French-speaking Belgium (Communauté Française), is taught in English, and attracts foreign students from all over the world.

In addition to traditional exchanges programmes that allow students to spend the first or second block in a foreign university, strong relationships exist with the Université Pierre-et-Marie Curie (Paris 6), which has one of the best statistics programmes in France.

Access conditions

Programme

The Master in Statistics is a two-year programme organised into two ‘blocks’. The first block includes (i) required courses, (ii) courses specific to each specialisation (theoretical statistics, applied statistics, or economics and statistics; see above), and (iii) possibly elective courses. The second block is more flexible, and includes the Master's dissertation (which may involve a work placement), participation to seminars, a course on statistical software applications, and several elective courses.

What's next ?

Prospects

Statisticians are found in all industries.

Many jobs involving statistics are available in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials, and agribusiness, but also in banks, insurance companies, and official statistics institutes.

There are also many opportunities in research (both theoretical and applied) in statistics, especially in the academic sector.