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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.

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?

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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