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Statistical Science (specialisation) (MSc)

Career prospects

With a master’s degree in Science in Statistical Sciences job perspectives are great: statisticians are highly sought after in various industries such as academia, marketing, banking, government, official statistics, healthcare, bioinformatics and more.

Acquired skills and competence

After graduation you have obtained:

  • a thorough knowledge of statistical methods and research designs as used in a broad range of empirical research
  • Practical skills such as statistical programming, statistical consultation, and written and oral communication of research results.

You will be able to carry out research in the field of quantitative methods for the medical and life sciences and/or the behavioural sciences. You will be able to advise substantive researchers on methodological and statistical issues, and many graduates will be expected to continue in a PhD programme.

Statistical Science alumni: Xinru Li

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There is a large demand for applied statisticians at both the master’s and the PhD level. Our alumni find jobs in a wide range of areas, such as academic medical hospitals, many types of industry (pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, life science in general, oil, etc.), research institutes, financial institutions, government statistics bureaus, educational services (CITO), marketing bureaus. In view of the emphasis on statistics as a science, rather than as merely a collection of techniques, many graduates will qualify for a PhD programme as well.

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