How useful is a doctorate in statistics

Statistics advice especially for doctoral theses

Most of our statistical consultations are about doctoral theses. The doctoral students come mainly from the departments medicine, Social sciences and Economics.

What we do:

  • Investigation planning
  • Data evaluations
  • interpretation
  • Presentation of results
  • Knowledge transfer

How we work:

  • We involve you so that you can learn from the project.
  • We work with SPSS, EVIEWS, Stata, R, Excel.
  • We explain clearly and understand our advice as a collegial exchange.

Statistics advice and more

We support several hundred doctoral theses every year. Statistical advice is just one of the topics on which we offer support. With us you will find statistics consultants, science lecturers, graphic artists and lecturers who you can call in if necessary. We have been supporting doctoral theses since the 1970s and now offer a team of around 100 experienced academics with very different areas of focus. If you get stuck at a corner of your doctoral thesis, please give us a call.

1. Formation of hypotheses

How effective and meaningful your own statistical investigation will be is decided at the beginning of the doctoral thesis when formulating the hypotheses. With an interesting hypothesis that can be easily explored using statistical methods, you lay the foundation for a good grade. Let a specialist advise you on this important point of your doctoral thesis. If you have studied medicine, you can discuss this with a specialist in medical statistics. If you are an economist, we will provide you with a doctorate in economics. We also have the right contact for sociologists and psychologists.

2. Compile the database

A second building block for a successful doctoral thesis is targeted data collection. Unfortunately, there are always statistical surveys in doctoral theses that are not really well scientifically founded. In the case of doctoral theses in medicine, in particular, there is often a lack of time and the right methodological approach to compile a good database. An early discussion with the statistical advisor will help to avoid common mistakes and deficits and to save a lot of time in the further course of the work.

3. Prepare the evaluation

For statistical evaluations, certain criteria must be observed when entering data; in particular, text and numerical information must not be mixed up. Once the data has been entered, a simple descriptive evaluation of all variables (minimum, maximum, median, mean, standard deviation, frequencies, “outliers”) takes place. Implausible values ​​and distributions of characteristics should be sorted out in this phase. The first “pre-evaluation” provides information on possible input or coding errors. Only then should further calculations and evaluations begin.

4. Evaluate data

Once the data has been collected and well structured, the data is evaluated. There is a difficult to understand number of statistical methods for the evaluation, all of which have specific advantages and disadvantages. Which is the right procedure for answering your question can be clarified in the conversation.

5. Use statistical tools correctly

There is a close connection between the statistical method used and the statistical tool used. When it comes to software, many PhD students initially only think of SPSS. However, there are a number of alternative statistical software packages. With SPSS, thanks to the very simple user interface, many procedures can be carried out fairly quickly, but unfortunately not all. If the data evaluation can be carried out faster or qualitatively better with an alternative tool, we use this alternative tool.

6. Interpret data correctly

In our experience, the interpretation of the data works well for many doctoral students. By working on the project, the researcher has usually already got a good idea of ​​the possible results or conclusions that might arise. The evaluation then confirms or refutes individual hypotheses on the basis of the data material. However, young academics often find it difficult to appropriately translate these statistical results into legible text. We can support you in this process, which is also known colloquially as "textualization", for example by editing the text.

7. Communication with the doctoral supervisor / supervisor

Doctoral supervisors usually have little time. However, communication with the person who is evaluating your doctorate is important. After all, the doctoral supervisor should like the result. It has proven useful to send a version of the doctoral thesis to the examiner before the official submission. Change requests can be introduced before the grading takes place. If the examiner accepts this procedure, the doctoral candidate will find out in good time how his doctoral thesis will be started. There is also another point where it is useful to know the opinion of the doctoral supervisor: the question of involving an external statistical advisor. In the case of a medical dissertation, for example, it is quite common to seek advice from statistical experts. For a doctoral thesis in statistics, on the other hand, the doctoral student is expected to carry out the calculations independently.

8. Division of labor with the statistics advisor

Some of the offers from statistics consultants on the Internet read, "With our help, your doctorate will turn into a short afternoon stroll". These offers sound tempting, but have little to do with reality. Your university expects your own contribution to the doctoral thesis. During your doctoral thesis you will think hard, sweat, write, discard some things, refine others and at the end hold your own doctoral thesis in your hands. As statistics consultants, we are happy to support you, but the authorship of your doctoral thesis remains with you.

Prices for statistical advice

Students and doctoral candidates pay a reduced price for statistical advice. How many hours a project takes can be clarified in a preliminary discussion. This preliminary talk is of course free of charge.

Hourly rates for statistical advice and co.per hour
Statistics advice for theses and dissertations89 €
Support from companies / business consultants144 €
Formatting / layout of texts49 €
Data entry49 €
Scientific editing for dissertations59 €
Average consultation time for statistical projectsHours
for master's theses6
for dissertations (including medicine)7
Market research projects with companies16
Research projects with clinics22

We would be happy to relieve you of your project.

Our team consists of experienced statistics consultants who have different focuses. There are three areas Medical statistics, Economic statistics and Qualitative research / sociology. With us, companies, doctoral candidates and students will find the right contact for the successful management of their statistics project. We take time for your concerns, deal with them promptly and love the appreciative, friendly conversation.

Take advantage of our free telephone consultation in advance. Get to know us without obligation and describe the task. Then we can give you the price and completion date.