STK4600 - Statistical Methods for Social Sciences. Survey Sampling and Statistical Demography.

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course will treat the following topics:

  • Likelihood based statistical inference, especially for prediction problems
  • Survery sampling. Sampling design and model based prediction approach
  • Missing data in survey sampling. Likeligood and Bayesian approaches
  • Statistical demography and forecasting. Mortality rates, life expectancy and population projections

Learning outcome

How to analyze statistical data from sampling surverys and an understanding of demographical topics. Special emphasis on statistical methods for treating estimation bias because of missing data.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with STK9600 - Statistical Methods for Social Sciences. Survey Sampling and Statistical Demography.

For information about the potential partial overlap with other courses, contact the Department.


3 hours of lectures/exercises per week.

If the course is given by a lecturer from outside the department, the course may be held intensively over one or several short periods.


Depending on the number of students, the exam will be in one of the following four forms:
1.Only written exam
2.Only oral exam
3.A project paper followed by a written exam.
4.A project paper followed by an oral exam/hearing.
For the latter two the project paper and the exam counts equally and the final grade is based on å general impression after the final exam. (The two parts of the exam will not be indivdually graded.)

What form the exam will take will be announced by the teaching staff within September 15th for the autumn semester and February 15th for the spring semester.

Examination support material

Permitted aids at the exam if written: approved calculator.

Oral exam: no aids permitted

Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2018

Spring 2016

Spring 2015

Autumn 2013

Taught according to demand and resources. If you want to attend the course, please send an e-mail to


Spring 2018

Spring 2016

Spring 2015

Autumn 2013

According to demand and resources.

Teaching language


The course is given in English. If no students have asked for the course in English within the first lecture, it may be given in Norwegian.