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Data Science: Statistical Science (MSc)

Why Leiden University?

Statistical science is highly multidisciplinary. The MSc specialisation in Data Science equips you 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.

Data Science

Although some statisticians would argue that data science is statistics, we prefer the point of view that there is quite an overlap between the two, but they are not identical. We would say that data science is a combination of statistical science and computer science, and there should be no data science without statistics, but also no data science without computer science. That is why we offer the specialisation in data science in collaboration with the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). In addition a similar Data Science specialisation is offered at the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science for Computer Science master’s students interested in the role of statistics.

Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS)

The Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS) is a network of researchers from different scientific disciplines, who use innovative methods to deal with large amounts of data. Collaboration between these researchers leads to new solutions for problems in science and society. Research at the Leiden Centre of Data Science covers a wide range of topics and is connected to many different academic disciplines. The common denominator of all these projects is their use of innovative ways to collect, analyse and validate large amounts of data. Our research projects fall into two broad categories: fundamental and applied research. Read more.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is a first-class research faculty with an excellent position in the basic disciplines of science. The current research and education programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics and Statistical Science, Computer Science and Data Science, Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Our science community is driven by their curiosity and desire to increase basic knowledge, for science and to contribute to the great societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Core values are scientific impact, technological innovation and relevance to society. 

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.

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