This course is discontinued

STK3900 – Statistical methods and applications

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Course content

The course provides insight on how to formulate a problem into statistical language, how to build a statistical model, how to analyse data and how to validate results. Regession methods (that is emperical determination of relations between variables) and other multivariable statistical techniques are central. In particular linear regression, analysis of variance, design of experiments, logistic regression, survival analysis and simple time-series analysis is treated.

Learning outcome

The course aims at introductions to many important topics. Teaching will be computer assisted and related to examples. Mathematics is kept at a minimum. Use of software package is integraded into the course. The course is in particular directed towards master and phd students who need knowledge of statistics for their thesis, but can also be part of a bachelor degree. The students are required to actively take part in practical exercises.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

MAT1000 – Mathematics for applications I (discontinued) and STK1000 – Introduction to Applied Statistics

Overlapping courses

5 credits with STK2000 – Some central models and methods in statistic (discontinued), 10 credits with STK4900 – Statistical Methods and Applications and 9 credits with ST301.

The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.


Teaching will be given intensively over two separate weeks, each day from 9.15 - 16.00.


One compulsory assignment has to be approved, after the first week of teaching. Final oral examination. A project will be a part of the final exam. Letter grading (A-F).

Rules for compulsory assignments at the mathematical institute (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.

Explanations and appeals

Facts about this course




Every spring

This version of the course was held for the last time Spring 2007. STK4900 – Statistical Methods and Applications will still be held.


Every spring

Teaching language


English if requested by exchange students.