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Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences (MSc)

About the programme

The programme in statistical science offers two specialisations. You can choose between Data Science for Statistical Science and for the Statistical Science in the Life and Behaviourial Sciences specialisation.

Overview of the Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences programme

  • Data Science for Statistical Science: This specialisation equips students with a broad basis in statistics combined with state-of-the-art knowledge in Data Science through collaboration between the Mathematical Institute and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science.
  • Statistical Science: This specialisation equips students with a broad basis in statistics, discussing state-of-the-art statistical techniques and their application in fields such as bioinformatics, psychometrics, epidemiology and genetics.

Overview curriculum

The master’s specialisations consist of courses, specialisation courses, electives, internship or research project and a master’s thesis. Depending on your specialisation, the programme consists of:

  • Core programme (50 EC)
  • Specialisation courses (12 or 24 EC)
  • Electives (24 or 12 EC)
  • Research Project and Thesis (34 EC)

You are requested to select your specialisation before commencing, as the specialisation courses are woven into the schedule already in the first semester. The duration of the programme is two years; three semesters of courses followed by an internship or research project and master’s thesis project in the fourth semester.

Find out more about the specialisations:

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Literature study
  • Individual papers
  • Lab meetings
  • Presentations
  • Research
  • Projects
  • Work group
  • Working with real clients

Study guidance

Leiden University offers, if necessary, accompaniment and consultancy on both substantive areas and personal development. The study advisor or study coordinator of your programme is an expert in the field of your study and will be able to help you with problems such as study delay, planning, and exam arrangements.