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Curriculum OS (Official Statistics)



  • Duration: 24 months
  • Location: Pisa
  • Language: English
  • Applications will be considered from December 16th, 2019 to June 30, 2020
  • Starting Academic Year 2020/21: the last week of September 2020
  • 1st term lectures: September 2020/December 2020
  • 2nd term lectures: February 2021/ May 2021
  • 1st term examinations: December 2020/February 2021
  • 2nd term examinations: May 2021/July 2021
  • 3rd term examinations: September 2021
  • Class size: max 40 students
  • International students fees and grants: The Enrollment Center of University of Pisa

The European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) is a network of Master programs providing post-graduate education in the area of official statistics at the European level. As a joint project of universities and data producers, EMOS aims at including official statistics in statistical curricula, meeting training and recruitment needs in the European Statistical System (ESS) and constituting a future recruitment pool of highly educated professional statisticians for the ESS and the European System of Central Banks.

After four calls for applications, the EMOS network comprises 32 programmes in 19 countries and collaborating partners in statistical offices. The network builds on existing and nationally accredited Master programmes which, in line with the EMOS learning outcomes, familiarise the graduates with the system of official statistics, production models, statistical methods and dissemination.

Universities offering EMOS Master degrees collaborate actively with the national statistical institutes to reduce the gap between theory and practice. Pertinent topics for Master thesis, an internship in the area of official statistic, EMOS workshops and webinars offer a relevant mix of skills and knowledge for tomorrow’s official statisticians.

The curriculum is crucially based on an Internship in the first year and a final dissertation in the second year jointly organized with the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat).

The MSE has an organic agreement with the Istat, which includes a very limited number of positions for these two activities. The selection among the interested students will happen at the beginning of the Spring semester. The selection will be mainly based on the results of the exams of the first semester. Students are advised that curriculum OS cannot be taken without an internship and a final dissertation organized with a European national statistical authority and that only the positions at the Istat are available so far.

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