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Data Science: Statistical Science (MSc)

The master's specialisation Data Science for Statistical Science combines a broad basis in modern statistics with state-of-the-art knowledge in Data Science.

Maarten Kampert


Maarten Kampert

“I have always been interested in a wide range of subjects, so I found even the broadest programmes too limited. Once I heard about this master’s specialisation, the decision was easy. This is the only department in the Netherlands that offers a complete programme including statistical research methods for almost every subject. I am not restricted to only the methods and techniques used in psychological research .”

“Using statistics you learn to handle data from all these different disciplines. You do a lot of research in this programme. What I like most is discovering how far your expectations agree with the results you obtain from the data you have amassed. And that’s relevant in every field.

It’s also good that you visit companies and research institutes as part of the programme. What’s more, they often come here and join in our lectures! I get to attend conferences and symposia on a regular basis, too. The advantage of all these contacts is that you get a good idea of what you might want to do after your master’s.

I don’t have any worries about my future: statisticians are scarce, and wherever data are collected, an applied statistician is more than welcome.”

What does this master’s programme entail?

The Data Science for Statistical Science specialisation gives you a better understanding of statistical models, especially in relation to Data Science, including their application and interpretation in a broad range of empirical research. With this knowledge you’ll be able to critically study scientific research and develop new models and techniques. Topics which will be discussed within this programme are Data Mining, Machine Learning, Networks, Pattern Recognition, and Deep Learning.

Learn more about our Data Science programme.

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Why study Data Science for Statistical Science at Leiden University?

  • The specialisation is jointly organized by the Mathematical Institute and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science and has close collaboration with the Leiden Centre of Data Science. This offers you a unique combination of theoretical and practical tools stepping into the promising area of data science.
  • During the programme you get to meet and work with real clients, and perform statistical consultation.
  • Job perspectives after graduation are great: statisticians and data scientists are highly sought after in various industries such as academia, marketing, banking, government, official statistics, healthcare, bioinformatics and more.

Find more reasons to choose the Data Science at Leiden University.

Data Science for Statistical Science: the right master’s programme for you?

Are you interested in the statistical aspects of data science and its application? Do you feel at ease with and be attracted to quantitative and mathematical techniques and concepts? Then the master’s specialisation in data science is the right choice. You will learn practical skills such as statistical programming, statistical consultation, database management and written and oral presentation of analysis and research results.

Read more about the entry requirements for Data Science.

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