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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.

Please note: This master programme is undergoing reconstruction. From September 1st, 2021, there will be no specialisations. All students will have the same core programme that includes courses in both statistics and data science and can specialise by choosing elective courses. More information will be communicated via this website later.

Helena van Eijk


Helena van Eijk

The skill-set I acquired during Statistical Science was very useful, but also directed at the academic world. I had to find the link between academic knowledge and the business world.  At the moment I am not actively carrying out statistical analyses, but my background in for instance analytical skills is appreciated very much. I would advise students to learn how to link your education to practical needs. For instance by gaining experience in business during your studies.

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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