Every day we encounter tables and graphics in newspapers, on television, and on the Internet. Because of that, many people think that's all statistics means. In reality, there is a lot more to it. Statistics means being able to distinguish chance from the system, draw conclusions about populations on the basis of random samples, identify causal relationships, and find little needles in big haystacks.
Statistics is becoming increasingly important in almost every area of business, science, and everyday life. The planning of clinical trials, providing quality assurance for industry, and forecasting election results or rates of economic growth – all of these depend on modern statistics.
The program imparts a broad spectrum of fundamental theoretical and specialist knowledge, as well as methodological competences needed for entry into professional practice. Graduates are able to use scientific knowledge to develop methods and solve problems in relevant application fields.
At the start of the program, the necessary basics in statistics, mathematics, and probability are taught. Later follow special lectures on the presentation, processing, and evaluation of data from different perspectives. The connection to practical problems is established early in variety of projects.
A mandatory minor subject provides students with basic knowledge in a field where statistics may be applied. There are currently 13 minor subjects to choose from, and the catalog can be expanded if necessary. These include, for example, Theoretical Medicine, Economics, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.
A semester abroad or an internship can also be integrated into the program.
A basic interest in mathematics is important because all statistical methods are based on mathematical principles. In addition, you should not be afraid of working on the computer and programming.
You can get an optimal start in your studies through the preparatory course in mathematics (offered once a year, in September) and the orientation phase, which takes place in October, a week before the semester begins. Orientation includes a greeting, getting to know each other, and an introduction to the course of studies, the timetable, and the minor subjects.
Graduates of the Faculty of Statistics work primarily in medical and pharmaceutical research, in banking and insurance, or in marketing and quality control for large and small companies. Other popular areas of work include management consulting, software development, and market and opinion research. Unemployment is practically unknown among our graduates.
The possible uses of statistics are constantly expanding, and compared to the situation in Great Britain or the United States, where there are dozens of statistics departments and tens of thousands of trained statisticians, the potential for employment in Germany is far from exhausted.
Most graduates of the Bachelor's program continue their studies in the Master's program in Statistics, but even without a Master's degree one should have no problem finding a job.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.