A survey might best be described as a method used to gather rather detailed information from a sample (i.e. a usually very small subset of a population of interest) of individuals, households, firms, etc. (see Scheuren, 2004, p. 9). Survey statistics is concerned with the planning, scientific monitoring, and statistical analysis of surveys and the data gathered. The master programme in Survey Statistics at Trier University focusses on modern applied methods of statistics. Due to the Economic and Social Statistics Department’s main research priorities a special emphasis is on computational survey statistics. Thereby, the programme mainly caters to the ever evolving demands in the fields of institutional and official statistics. Consequently, Trier University was the first German university to offer the EU certificate European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS). Additionally, students can get insights into actual statistical research through the Research Institute for Official and Survey Statistics (RIFOSS) located at Trier University.
As the need for evidence-based policies, and consequently for sound complex data analyses, rises, the need for well-trained applied statisticians rises as well. Through its structure, the master programme ensures that students are not only trained in statistics but also get insights into subject matters like economics, social sciences, etc., creating a multidisciplinary environment. Graduates are thus able to fine-tune their profile to their desired future work. This ability is further enhanced by a collaboration with the University of Bamberg and Freie Universität Berlin that ensures a broad spectrum of lectures from which students may choose. An international double master’s degree with the University of Pisa as well as studying abroad using ERASMUS funding are possible. Double master’s degrees in combination with Business Mathematics, Data Science, Economics, and Economic Sociology provide further possibilities for students to shape their individual study tracks.
Trier is located close to the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) and other European institutions in Luxembourg. It is not far from the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in Wiesbaden and the German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) in Frankfurt am Main either. Accordingly, high-profile potential internship opportunities are close by. Graduates will typically work in national statistical institutes (NSIs), central banks, or quantitatively oriented research institutes or pursue Ph.D. studies and an academic career. Other likely future employers are banks and investment fund corporations, consultancies, market research firms, international organisations, and governmental agencies.