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Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences (MSc)

Career prospects

With a Master of Science in Statistical Sciences you have good job perspectives: statisticians are highly sought after in various industries such as marketing, banking, government, sports retail and healthcare.

Acquired skills and competence

After graduation you have obtained a thorough knowledge of statistical methods and research designs as used in a broad range of empirical research. You have also developed practical skills such as statistical programming, statistical consultation, and written and oral communication of research results. You will be able to carry out research in the field of quantitative methods for the life sciences and the behavioural sciences. The Data Science specialisation adds skills more focussed on computer science. After graduation you will be able to advise substantive researchers on methodological and statistical issues, and many of them will be expected to continue in a PhD programme.


There is a large demand for applied statisticians at both the master’s and the PhD level. Our alumni find jobs in a wide range of areas, such as academic medical hospitals, many types of industry (pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, life science in general, oil, etc.), research institutes, financial institutions, government statistics bureaus, educational services (CITO), marketing bureaus. In view of the emphasis on statistics as a science, rather than as merely a collection of techniques, many graduates will qualify for a PhD programme as well.

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