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Teaching is based on the most recent research, using mathematical background, needed in statistics, and forms a solid basis for PhD studies. Teaching and research is based both on classical statistics and Bayesian approaches.

Specialization areas

Your preference in either of these specialization areas will be asked in your application and your motivation letter is an admission criteria, together with the quality of your previous studies and grades.

In addition to these specialization areas listed below, we have social statistics (teaching mainly in Finnish).
You can also get Master´s Degree in Statistics, specialization area Statistical Machine learning by combining studies in statistics and studies of machine learning from the Department of Computer Science.

  • Biometry and bioinformatics

Biometry and bioinformatics constitute quantitative methodologies for the life sciences, covering a wide spectrum of topics ranging from problems at the molecular level to populations and evolution, gene mapping and epidemiology of complex diseases, systems and molecular biology and phylogenetics.

  • Time series analysis and econometrics

Time series analysis and econometrics focus on theoretical and applied aspects of nonlinear and nonstationary trending time series, both univariate and multivariate. Econometrics is an important, but not the only, application area of interest.

Biometry and bioinformatics

Just as Geometry means "measuring the earth", Biometry means "measuring life". More exactly, it can be said to constitute quantitative - predominantly statistical - methodologies for the life sciences. The biometry research group focuses on modelling and analysis of biological phenomena and processes. The research covers a wide spectrum of topics ranging from problems at the molecular level to populations and evolution. In particular, the research group addresses questions in population genetics, gene mapping and epidemiology of complex diseases, systems and molecular biology, phylogenetics, and the evaluation of environmental risks.

To tackle these problems the research group uses a variety of approaches, most importantly probabilistic and Bayesian methods. A characteristic feature of the research of the Biometry group is a very strong emphasis on collaborative research, carried out jointly with staff members of the sectorial research institutions.

Courses

Biometry and bioinformatics is one of the specialization areas in statistics (57561 / 78081 Biometrian ja bioinformatiikan linja), including these courses::

  • 57795 Biometry and bioinformatics I, 2-5 cr
  • 57796 Biometry and bioinformatics II, 5-10 cr
  • 57797 Biometry and bioinformatics III, 5-10 cr
  • 57744 Bayesian theory with applications, 5 cr
  • 57733 Computational statistics, 8 cr
  • 57741 Event-history analysis, 6-8 cr
  • 57748 Genetic analysis and molecular evolution, 4-6 cr
  • 57756 Genome-wide association studies, GWAS-minicourse, 2 cr
  • 57742 Hierarchical models, 6-8 cr
  • 57746 Longitudinal data-analysis, 5-10 cr
  • 57059 Markovian modelling and Bayesian learning, 5 cr
  • 57734 Modelling inheritance in pedigrees and populations, 4-6 cr
  • 57780 Molecular genetics reading group, 2 cr
  • 57740 Nonparametric statistics, 6 cr
  • 57729 Phylogeny inference and data analysis, 4-10 cr
  • 57729 Phylogeny inference, seminar, 3-5 cr
  • 57730 Sequence evolution from molecules to genomes, 4-6 cr
  • 57710 Software tools for statisticians, 5-10 cr
  • 57734 Statistical genetics, 4-10 cr
  • 57755 Statistical methods in gene mapping, 4-6 cr
  • 57739 Statistical methods in medicine and epidemiology, 5-10 cr
  • 57745 WinBUGS/OpenBUGS with applications, 5-10 cr

If your plan is to graduate from "Statistics, specialization area Biometry and bioinformatics", you don´t have to restrict your studies to this course list. Feel free to take also other courses! And: many of these courses are also relevant to other specialization areas!

Econometrics

Econometric research has a long tradition in the University of Helsinki initiated by the first Professor of Statistics Leo Törnqvist. Since the 1990s modern methods of modelling nonstationary trending time series has been the focus of the Research Group of Econometrics. Recent research is also concerned with analysis of nonlinear time series analysis relevant e.g. in the analysis of financial time series.


Program requirements

ADMISSION DECISIONS The admissions board set up by the Faculty Council decides on the admission of new Bachelor’s and Master’s students.3 ADMISSION OF INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 3.1 Application instructionsWhen applying for the right to complete a Master’s degree, a person who has qualified to pursue both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree outside Finland is considered an international applicant.The admission process for international Master’s degree applicants is handled by University Admissions Finland (UAF). Participants in an international admission process coordinated through UAF may apply in a given academic year for at most three academic programmes at the University of Helsinki and must place these programmes in an order of preference. This order cannot be changed or amended after the closing of the application period.An applicant who has reached eligibility for first-cycle higher education outside Finland and has completed a degree at a Finnish university of applied sciences may, on the basis of that degree, apply for the right to pursue a Master of Science degree either through the admissions process for international applicants or through the separate admissions process (see section 3.2).When applying for the right to complete a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, a person who has qualified to pursue a Bachelor’s degree outside Finland is considered an international applicant. The Bachelor’s and Master’s application process is handled through the Finnish joint application system and according to its timetable.Applicants who have applied for several programmes in the Faculty of Science will be admitted according to their indicated order of preference to the degree programme whose admission requirements they fulfil or for which their score is sufficient.Applications will be processed only if the application form and the required enclosures are submitted as requested, and the applicant is qualified to apply and possesses the required language skills. Application instructions are available on the University of Helsinki “How to apply?” website at http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/.Late applications will not be considered.Applicants will be informed of the decision by email, in addition to which admitted students will be informed of the results of the selection process by post.3.2 Right to complete a Master’s degreeFollowing receipt of a reasoned application, the admissions board may grant the right to pursue the Master of Science degree without an entrance examination to an applicant who has completed an applicable Bachelor’s degree with good grades. In such cases, the applicant must meet the Finnish, Swedish or English language requirements, and the content and scope of the completed degree must be correspond sufficiently to the Bachelor of Science degree in the same discipline at the Faculty of Science. Admission will be based on the amount, quality and grades of the completed studies as well as on the letter of motivation. Applicants can also be invited to an interview to assess their motivation and the feasibility of their plans.Following receipt of a reasoned application, the admissions board may grant the right to pursue the Master of Science degree in the degree programme in physical sciences, geology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science or statistics, to an applicant who has completed a degree with special distinction at a university of applied sciences in or outside Finland. The right to study may also be granted to an applicant who has completed at least 60 credits (35 credit units in the previous Finnish system) in the relevant major subject with a grade level of 3.8/5 or higher. However, the required grade level may vary from year to year and from one degree programme to another. Admission will be based on the grade and applicability of the previous degree as well as the motivation letter.If the content of a successful applicant’s Bachelor’s degree does not correspond sufficiently to the Faculty requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in the relevant major subject, the applicant may have to complete up to 60 credits of supplementary major subject, minor subject and language studies before beginning to pursue advanced studies for the Master’s degree.If the applicant has completed or intends to complete a Master’s degree in science, engineering or pharmacy by the date of acceptance of the offered place, the right to complete the Master of Science degree can be granted only for particularly compelling reasons and only if the content of the prospective degree differs sufficiently from the applicant’s previous degree.The applicant must enclose with his or her application a copy of the diploma, an official transcript of completed studies and a motivation letter describing the applicant’s personal goals and reasons for applying. The degree or qualification indicated as the grounds for application must be completed by the date of acceptance of the offered place. 3.3 Right to complete a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degreeThe admissions board may grant the right to complete the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees based on an entrance examination to an international applicant eligible to pursue a Bachelor’s degree outside Finland. The applicant must have completed a school leaving examination equivalent to the Finnish matriculation examination which qualifies for equivalent university studies in the country in question. In such cases, the applicant must meet the Finnish or Swedish language requirements, as teaching for the Bachelor’s degree is mostly offered in Finnish or Swedish. Language proficiency must be demonstrated through an entrance examination.Applicants admitted through the entrance examination must reach a minimum score determined by the admissions board. Applicants must enclose with their application a school leaving certificate or an equivalent certificate which corresponds to the Finnish matriculation examination certificate and entitles the applicant to apply for higher education in his or her home country. The degree or qualification indicated as the grounds for application must be completed by the date of acceptance of the offered place.Entrance examinationsEntrance examinations will be held in Finnish and Swedish.3.4 Language requirementsApplicants must meet the language requirements specified in decision No 17/2013 by the Rector of the University of Helsinki. At the Faculty of Science the required score level is the academic level (AL).In special cases, the admissions board may grant exemptions from the above language requirements.Information on language requirements: http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/language_skills.htmAPPEALSApplicants dissatisfied with the admissions decision may appeal in writing to the Faculty of Science within 14 days of the announcement of the decision. In their appeal, applicants must specify the decision they are appealing and state the grounds for the appeal. The written appeal must be addressed to the Faculty and delivered to the Faculty’s student affairs office to arrive within 14 days of the announcement of the decision.The appeals lodged by applicants to the master’s degree programme in computer science must be submitted to the university responsible for admissions (to be confirmed annually). In their appeal, applicants must state the grounds for their appeal and specify the university that announced the decision they are appealing.The Faculty’s admissions board will decide on the appeals of applicants in the main and separate admission processes as well as the appeals of international applicants, while the Faculty Council will decide on appeals concerning postgraduate admissions. Dissatisfied applicants may appeal to the Helsinki Administrative Court.Appeals will not change the admission decision to the detriment of the appellant or admitted students. ACCEPTING AN OFFER OF A STUDY PLACEThe Ministry of Education and Culture will annually confirm the date by which successful applicantsmust accept an offered place. Details on the procedure for accepting a place will be provided separately to successful applicants by post. Successful applicants can also authorise someone else to accept the place on their behalf. Such representatives must produce a written proxy.Admitted students who fail to notify the University of their acceptance of a study place and who fail to submit the relevant documents by the date determined by the University will lose their right to pursue studies. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92

The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified degree students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

The International Student Grant is available for degree students who are admitted in 2014 into the programmes below:

  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies
  • Bayesian Statistics and Decision Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Democracy and Global Transformations
  • Economics
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration
  • European Studies
  • Food Sciences
  • Forest Sciences and Business
  • Geography and Geology
  • Intercultural Encounters
  • International Business Law and Public International Law
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Media and Global Communication
  • Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems
  • Neuroscience
  • Physical Sciences
  • Plant Production Science
  • Religion, Conflict and Dialogue
  • Religious Roots of Europe
  • Research Master's Programme in Social Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Translational Medicine
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