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EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake)
The two-year master's programme in Statistical Science provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling and data analysis. The programme consists of a core programme shared by all students, and specialisation specific courses, electives, an internship or research project and master's thesis. You can specialise in either life and behavioural sciences, where the emphasis is on the application in multidisciplinary environments, or in data sciences where you focus more on data mining, pattern recognition and deep learning.
The field of statistics, like other areas of applied mathematics, often attracts students who are interested in the analysis of patterns in data: developing, understanding, abstracting, and packaging analytical methods for general use in other subject areas. Statistics is also, by definition, an information science. Imaginative use of both computing power and new computing environments drives much current research - so an interest in computation and/or computer science can also be a start for a statistician. With the growing importance of data within our society, you will be highly in demand with a degree in Statistical Sciences.
The master's specialisations consist of courses, specialisation courses, electives, internship or research project and a master's thesis.
Data Science for Statistical Science: This specialisation equips students 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.
Statistical Science: This specialisation equips students with a broad basis in statistics, discussing state-of-the-art statistical techniques and their application in fields such as bioinformatics, psychometrics, epidemiology and genetics.
For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus.
The masters degree is an excellent stepping stone for pursuing a PhD degree. Job possibilities outside research include high-tech industry, software and consultancy companies worldwide, or a career as a teacher, science communicator or science policy maker.
Do you want to apply for this programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide.
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