STK9290 – Selected Themes in Advanced Statistics

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Course content

The precise contents of this course may vary from occasion to occasion, but will consist of selected themes of contemporary research interest in statistics methodology, depending on both demands from students and the availability of appropriate course leaders. Examples include parametric lifetime modelling, experimental design, extreme value statistics, advanced stochastic simulation, graphical modelling. The course will be of interest to students who want to develop their basic knowledge of statistics methodology. See the specific semester page for a more detailed description of the course.

Spring 2014: Parametric Lifetime Modeling

The course gives an introduction to modeling and statistical analysis of lifetimes, with emphasis on parametric models and estimation techniques, and applications in technical reliability and medicine. Topics in lifetime modeling include: the survival function; the hazard function; the mean residual life function, as well as different types of censoring of lifetimes. The most common parametric lifetime models are considered, in particular the accelerated failure time models and the proportional hazards models for survival regression.  Estimation is mainly by maximum likelihood, but some commonly used non-parametric  methods will be briefly considered for comparison. Special topics that will be covered are competing risks and recurrent event models.

Learning outcome

Students will become familiar with the themes in question and develop knowledge of statistical methods, and will also learn how the methodology becomes relevant in certain application areas.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with STK4290 – Selected Themes in Advanced Statistics

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


3 hours of lectures/exercises on average per week. The course may however not be teached weekly.

Upon the attendance of three or fewer students, the lecturer may, in conjunction with the Head of Teaching, change the course to self-study with supervision.


mandatory assignment.

Final oral or written examination. The form of examination will be announced by the teaching staff by 15 October/15 March for the autumn semester and the spring semester respectively.

In addition, each PhD candidate is expected to give an oral presentation on a topic of relevance chosen in cooperation with the lecturer. The presentation has to be approved by the lecturer for the student to be admitted to the final exam.

Examination support material

Written examination: Approved calculators are allowed.
Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Oral examination: No resources are allowed.


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 pass/fail scale. 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 2021

Taught according to demand and resources. Contact if you are interested in this course.


Spring 2021

The same semester as taught.

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