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Master (1 Subject)



Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters
Admission restrictions None
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Module Handbook (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

Today, new knowledge in science, economics, management, and technology is created almost exclusively from large quantities of complex data. The ability to process such data competently and good academic training in this area are in demand in the job market. The proper handling of patient or customer data, share prices and returns, and weather or climate information is well paid and increasingly in demand.

The Master's in Statistics builds on the Bachelor's program in Statistics. Taking into account the demands and changes in the professional world, teaching and learning are designed to equip students with the necessary specialist knowledge, skills, and methods. The aim is to enable them for scientific work, critical classification of scientific knowledge, and responsible action.

In the Master's program, knowledge of mathematical statistics is deepened through compulsory elective courses in various special fields (such as nonparametric methods, robust statistical methods, econometrics, and clinical studies). In addition to dealing with essential statistical procedures, independent work is also promoted through a variety of projects.

Knowledge and skills

Prerequisite for enrollment in the Master's program is a Bachelor's degree in Statistics or an equivalent subject. The final grade must be at least 2.7.

Professional fields

Graduates of the Department 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, since it is becoming increasingly easy to collect data. 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.

In comparison to graduates of the Bachelor's program, our Master's graduates have a learning experience more strongly shaped by the aspect of research.

Further information

Those who would like to can spend one or two semesters at one of our numerous partner universities, studying for example in England, Spain, France, Italy, or Turkey. Long-term partnerships between the Dortmund Department of Statistics and these universities guarantee problem-free recognition of credits received abroad.

An external internship can be substituted for the course Case Studies 2.

By choosing a suitable focus area, you can already prepare yourself, during your education, for the special requirements of the desired professional field. Currently the major focus areas available are Biometrics, Econometrics / Empirical Economic Research, Technometry, and Official Statistics. However, studying without a declared focus is also possible.

Successful completion of the Master's program is a qualification for pursuing the doctoral degree in Statistics.

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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”.

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