The Master's Programme in Survey Statistics (M.Sc.) and the EMOS Certification

Since May 2016, the Master's Programme in Survey Statistics (M.Sc.) has been a part of the EMOS Programme of Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Communities). This label is associated with only 21 Master Programmes in the whole world. In Germany there are only five universities, which carry the EMOS-label: The Free University of Berlin, the Technical University of Dortmund, the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Trier and the University of Bamberg (see Zwick 2017). In Bamberg the first graduates of the EMOS Master Programme are expected in summer term 2017.

The Master's Programme in Survey Statistics at the University of Bamberg is based on close collaboration between the three universities in Bamberg, Trier and Berlin. This means, that students at the University of Bamberg have access in part, using teleteaching lessons, to a solid and high-quality methodological and statistical education. Furthermore, they can choose between several specialisations in survey methodology, survey statistics or computer-based statistics, as well as take courses offered in other master's programmes like economics, sociology or business studies. Overall, the Master's Programme in Survey Statistics does not only provide a theoretical statistical education, but also focus on practical education in the form of a research project or practical training either in official statistics or companies. The EMOS Certification also facilitates a supplementary certification in official statistics and serves as proof of specialist statistical knowledge. The main aim of EMOS is the education of highly-qualified employees in official statistics (see Eurostat 2015). It can also be argued that graduates who are granted an EMOS certificate are preferred applicants in official statistics, for example in case of the "Statistischen Bundesamt" (see Destatis 2017).

In order to obtain the EMOS certificate, students have to pass the EMOS core modules. Additionally, they have to do an internship or research project with a minimum duration of six weeks, and write a master's thesis referring to official statistics. In Bamberg's Master's Programme in Survey Statistics, students can credit the internship or research projects either in the form of a six-week practical module and get 8 ECTS points or they can take 16 ECTS points for two six week internships/research projects, or one with a duration of three months.

If all requirements in order to obtain an EMOS certificate are fulfilled, it can be requested at: silvia.foertsch (a t)

The following modules are part of the Master's Programme in Survey Statistics in Bamberg and belong to the EMOS Programme Core Modules:

EMOS-Core Modules referring to the Master modules in Survey Statistics: 

Survey Sampling6compulsory
Statistical Analysis of Missing Data6compulsory
Introduction to Econometrics6compulsory
Advanced Econometrics6compulsory
Introduction to Bayes Statistics6compulsory
Introduction to R-Programming4compulsory
Seminar in Survey-Methodology6compulsory
Official Statistics/Advanced Official Statistics6optional
Data Collection and Sources of Error in Statistical Data6optional
Research Project/Internship8

compulsory (with optional specialisation in official statistics)

Master's Thesis28-30compulsory (with optional specialisation in official statistics)



EMOS-certified graduates gain a wide range of statistical knowledge in the specific themes of official statistics (for more details see Eurostat 2015). Most of the EMOS core modules are in the Master's Programme in Survey Statistics at the University of Bamberg. In addition to all the modules offered in the theoretical framework of the Master's Programme, in example computer-assisted statistics, survey methodology and survey statistics, a corresponding practical education ensures an excellent education in statistics, and prepares graduates well for their future professional lives. The EMOS additional qualification provides students with an additional competitive advantage in the field of official statistics. In order to receive the EMOS certificate, the survey statisticians in Bamberg have to pass the modules "Data Collection and Sources of Error in Statistical Data" and "Official Statistics" or "Advanced Official Statistics" as substitute. Additionally they have to complete a (research) work placement lasting a minimum of six weeks in the fields of official statistics. They must also write their master's thesis on a subject relating to official statistics.


Literature and further reading:

Destatis 2017. "EMOS-Zertifikat: Nachweis besonderer statistischen Kenntnisse".

Eurostat 2015. "Learning Outcomes of the EMOS programmes".

Rässler, Susanne et al. "Module Manual for the M.Sc. Survey Statistics". KB).

Zwick, Markus 2017. "EMOS Labelled Universities".