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Study plan: your choices

How to choose among the Electives.

The Stats&Maths curriculum of the Statistical Sciences Department has created a study plan for its students which is fixed and not modifiable for the first two years of the course. The learning activities of the first and second year provide students with all the basic knowledge necessary to build the professional figure of a data scientist. Those students that do not take part in the double degree programme during their third year will have the chance to shape their own individual study plan by choosing among some learning activities called “Electives” for a total minimum amount of 12 credits. ( see the Course structure diagrams section). What are these subjects?

1.      You can pick the learning activities among those listed in the “Electives” section of the “Course Structure Diagrams” page of this website. These learning activities are directed and suggested by the Department of Statistics and they are:

-          Lab 1 (3 credits)

-          Lab 2 (3 credits)

-          Design of Experiments (6 credits)

-         Work Experience / Stage of 225 hours (9 credits)

Please note that in order to carry out the internship, it is essential that you first include it in your individual study plan. See pages “Curricular Internship” and “Acknowledgement of a working activity as a curricular internship” for further information.

2.      Alternatively, depending on your personal interests and ambitions, you can choose among some of the learning activities offered by other international courses of the School of Economics, Management and Statistics in Bologna. Not all the subjects offered by these courses are automatically available for Stats&Maths students. If you cannot select these learning activities on the Studenti Online platform, you will need to fill in the information related to the subjects of interest on the form that you find attached on this page ("Request for electives selected from another course") and take it to the URP office (Servizio Studenti) in Piazza Scaravilli 2, ground floor or alternatively to the Student Administration Office. The Stats&Maths Board will then assess your request and decide whether or not to accept it, depending on how coherent the subject(s) is/are with the learning outcomes of the Stats&Maths course.


3.      You may also decide to pick among your Electives either B1 (3 CFU) or B2 (6 CFU) in French, German and Spanish. Of course if you are a native speaker of any of these languages, you are not allowed to take the exam related to your mother tongue, even though it appears in your module options.



In addition, you may add to your study plan the Italian language course of level A2 organised by the Language Centre  (CLA). 

Please note however that Italian language courses are NOT included in the electives courses and are MERELY extra credit. That is, the ECTS earned through Italian languages courses do NOT contribute to the 180 ECTS necessary for graduation.


To sum up, here are a few examples: you could fulfil the 12 credits requirement by attending the three courses listed above (Lab 1, Lab 2 and Design), without having to carry out any internship. Alternatively, you could carry out the internship and attend one of the two labs. Or again, you could pick “Design of Experiments” and then obtain the remaining credits by attending a 6 CFU learning activity offered by another International course, or a B2 certification in French, German or Spanish.

In order to give you more flexibility the system also allows you to choose subjects for more than 12 credits, for a maximum of 36, but bear in mind that all the results of these activities will be included in the weighted average calculated for the graduation mark. You are not bound to take all the electives that you select, but those that you will decide to attend will have to be included in your study plan. 


 For information on when and how to create/modify your study plan see the page How to prepare your Study Plan