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Our main goal is to provide doctoral candidates with a perspective on the methodical foundations of Statistics that goes far beyond a specialization in the life, social or economic sciences or the humanities and to . institutionalize a scientific dialogue through interdisciplinary applications. This is to ensure that, going forward, we can rely on a common academic foundation and language as well as a diversity of methods for the description and modeling of uncertainty in various applications.

The function of statistics as a transdisciplinary bridge, and specifically the transfer of methods between projects in the natural (MC-Health, CHI) and social sciences (CEQURA, CEST), is provided with an institutional basis through this program.

A Master’s degree in Statistics,Informatics, Mathematics or a related discipline is required for the admission to this doctoral program. Exceptions can be made depending on individual qualifications.



Participants of the program will profit directly from the international reputation of the professors and junior scientists doing research at the Institute of Statistics. They will be given the unique opportunity to simultaneously contribute to scientific progress in statistical methodology as well as the scientific progress of other sciences through their applied projects. In this manner, they will acquire key skills for any academic or non-academic career.


The contents of the program are derived from the fields of research in explorative, inductive and computational statistics that are represented at the Department of Statistics. The focus lies on the following topics:

  • Description of unobserved heterogeneity and general uncertainty
  • Computational aspects of statistical inference
  • Development and evaluation of frequentist and bayesian regression models
  • Development und analysis of goodness of fit of forecast and classification models
  • Development of methods for inaccurate/corrupted and missing data
  • Development, analysis and implementation of statistical methods of analysis
  • Calibration
  • Multilevel Modeling
  • Methods for measuring latent constructs
  • Model Averaging
  • Model Selection and Diagnosis
  • Multivariate procedures
  • Planing and evaluation of scientific experiments
  • Forecasting
  • Spatial and spatio-temporal structures and imaging
  • Visualization techniques
  • Epistemological foundations


Colloquium of the Department

The regular colloquium presents and discusses current topics in Statistics through lectures by professors or guests.

Journals Club

At the regular Journal Club the participants present and discuss outstanding publications in their field of research.

Summer Retreat

The summer retreat is a two-day intramural conference where the participants present the progress of their work in front of the group. Currently it takes place at the BVS Bildungszentrum close to the Ammersee.

Professional Training

Upon request of the doctoral candidates further events are possible, for example about scientific publishing or parallel computing at the LRZ.

Statistical Tutorials

Each year, an international workshop (one- or two-day) takes place. The focus usually lies on a tutorial in a recent field of research, for which an external guest is invited. The statistical tutorials should give the participants the opportunity to not only get to know top-ranking experts in their fields, but also to teach them organizational skills and how to hold a presentation.

In particular the PhD students should get familiar with the process of organizing a scientific conference. There is also the option of participating in the program of the GraduateCenter.


The terms of the actual procedure of promotion are applicable (see the information page of the facutly 16 only available German).