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Statistical Science (specialisation) (MSc)

The MSc specialisation in the Life and Behavioural Sciences focuses on statistics in the broad sense, with biostatistics for general medicine and life sciences and statistics in the behavioural sciences.

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?

You will gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of statistical models, including their application and interpretation in a broad range of empirical research. Key topics of the programme are longitudinal analysis, genomics, genetics, high dimensional (“big”) data, medical imaging and psychometrics. You will gain practical skills such as statistical programming, statistical consultation, and being able to write and orally present analyses and research results. After the programme you will be able to critically study scientific research and develop new models and techniques. This specialisation emphasises the application of statistics in the multidisciplinary environments of the life and behavioural sciences.

Read more about the Statistical Science specialisation.

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Why study Statistical Science at Leiden University?

  • The Statistical Science master’s specialisation is organised jointly by groups at different institutes and universities. Together these institutes have expertise in a wide area of statistical science and its applications, both practical and theoretical.
  • 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 Statistical Science specialisation at Leiden University.

Statistical Sciences (specialisation): the right master’s programme for you?

Do you want to get a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling and data analysis? Then this master’s specialisation in statistical science for the Live and Behavioural sciences is the right choice. You will also gain knowledge of statistical methods and research designs as used in a broad range of empirical research, and practical skills such as statistical programming, statistical consultation, and written and oral communication of research results.

Read more about the entry requirements for the Statistical Science specialisation.

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