Master Thesis in Statistics, 30 credits

Masteruppsats i statistik, 30 hp


Main field of study


Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Oleg Sysoev

Course coordinator

Oleg Sysoev

Director of studies or equivalent

Jolanta Pielaszkiewicz
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Timetable module Language Campus ECV
F7MSL Statistics and Machine Learning, Master´s Programme 4 (Spring 2021) 202103-202124 1+2+3+4 English Linköping, Valla C

Main field of study


Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Masters Programme in Statistics and Machine Learning

Entry requirements

Students entering the course shall have passed 65 ECTS of the programme courses including all obligatory courses in the programme. 

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

- obtain and use relevant knowledge to solve the problem formulated in the thesis

- put the master thesis work in a relevant scientific context

- independently and creatively identify, formulate and solve statistical problems using relevant methods for analysis and evaluation

- study mathematical models underlying the selected analysis methods and adapt these models to the given problem if necessary

- efficiently implement statistical machine learning methods in a programming language, and apply the implemented technological solution to the problem identified in the thesis

- plan and to use adequate methods to carry through the master thesis work within the given time frame

- critically and systematically use knowledge obtained in programme courses and during the thesis work

- identify relevant sources of information, conduct information searches, critically assess the obtained information, and to use correct referencing to prior work

- clearly communicate the master thesis work, its problems and solutions, and relevant surrounding information, both orally and in written form

- critically assess and evaluate own work and the work of others with respect to relevant scientific, societal and ethical dimensions


Course content

The society is overwhelmed by the large volumes of information generated by large and complex technological systems. Analytical methods from machine learning, data mining, statistics and related fields are known instruments that are able to process these information volumes and improve analysis, quality of predictions, efficiency and autonomy of the large and complex technological systems.

In this course, the students are assumed to apply these analytical tools in order to solve a given industrial problem or a task provided by a research group at LiU. This includes:

  • Studies of the given problem and posing it as research questions,
  • Review of the relevant research papers,
  • Selection of suitable models from machine learning, data mining, statistics and related fields,
  • Studies of the underlying mathematical models, their adaptation/modification to the given research context,
  • Implementation of the models in a computer language, code verification and simulations,
  • Analysis of the simulation results, model and code adjustments,
  • Interpretation of the obtained output, comparison of the selected models and their output with the results published by the research society,
  • Compilation of a thesis report based on the studies performed by the student,
  • Oral presentation of the thesis work.


Teaching and working methods


The course is based on individual work with regular access to supervision. Regular contacts with external organizations or research teams provide additional feedback. Language of instruction: English.


Oral and written presentations of  the thesis. Oral presentations are made during the course. The first oral presentation shall be focused on problem formulations, work plan and scientific approaches. The intermediate presentations show the study progress. The final oral presentation comprises a public defense of the thesis and opposition on another master’s thesis.


If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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Code Name Scope Grading scale
TENT Examination 30 credits EC
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