M.Sc. Survey Statistics

Why study survey statistics?

The orientation of the Masters Course in Survey Statistics on modern statistical methods stays abreast of changes for the requirements of the international application-oriented, institutional and official statistics, particularly in the European context. This orientation is also considering the geographic location of Trier: Trier is situated near the border triangle of Germany, France and Luxemburg. A large number of European institutions are proximate, including in particular the Statistical Office of the European Commission, Eurostat, which is easily reached in Luxemburg.

The profile of the master's program in Survey Statistics is characterized by two specifics. On the one hand, the focus is on modern data collection and estimation methods. The foundation of political and economic decision-processes is nowadays often based  on statistics and in particular on indicators, where validity, accuracy and up-to-dateness are playing a major role. In general, these terms are often denoted for simplicity as data quality. The numerous research projects that are promoted by the European Commission and the official statistics show the need for a deeper understanding of the right methodology and for specially trained researchers and users.

On the other hand, synergies within the Department IV represented by the WiSo subjects (business and social sciences subjects) and the Research Centre for Regional and Environmental Statistics are supposed to foster the multidisciplinarity for the Masters Course in Survey Statistics at the University of Trier.

Students are educated well-grounded in the subject of Survey Statistics; beyond that, they are educated with an interdisciplinary focus on application fields such as economics, business studies or sociology, which are divided into modules. Further connections to mathematics and computer science show the interdisciplinary orientation of a modern survey statistician, but who always accounts for the concrete substance scientifically focusing.

How is the course of study structured?

The profile of the course is characterized especially by the fact that students can accentuate their studies with their choice of modules.

An overview of the currently held lectures can be found here.

What are the job prospects?

The graduates of the M. Sc. Survey Statistics have, depending on their course specialization, a well-grounded research-based and statistical-methodic-oriented knowledge. This knowledge qualifies them for the acceptance of an occupation in the institutions of official statistics or in quantitatively oriented research institutes (such as market research or polling institutes), as well as for  beginning a doctoral study.

Some of the typical career fields are:

  • Planning, analyzing and consulting activities, e.g. as consultant in the public service, in national/ international organizations and financial institutions;
  • Activities as consultant or scientific assistant in associations, chambers and statistical offices;
  • Activities in research and teaching institutions (lectures or managers);
  • Activities as consultant (strategic planning, market analysis, controlling, etc.) in economic departments, or in public relations divisions of major enterprises and;
  • Activities as specialized analysts and consultants in (internal and external) consultancy and market research institutions


Prof. Dr. Ralf Münnich (Program Coordinator)

Akad. Dir. Dr. Birgit Messerig-Funk (Student Advisory Service)