The two-year master’s programme Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling, data analysis and data science.
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.
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Find more reasons to choose Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciencese at Leiden University.
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’ll be highly in demand with a degree in Statistical Sciences.
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In this digital and data-rich era the demand for statistics graduates from industry, the public sector and academia is high, yet the pool of such graduates is small. The recent growth of data science has increased the awareness of the importance of statistics, with the analysis of data and interpretation of the results firmly embedded within this newly recognised field.
This programme is designed to train the next generation of statisticians with a focus on the newly recognised field of data science. The syllabus combines rigorous statistical theory with wider hands-on practical experience of applying statistical models to data. In particular the programme includes:
Graduates will be in high demand. It is anticipated that the majority of students will be employed as statisticians within private and public institutions providing statistical advice/consultancy.
To be awarded the MSc degree you need to obtain a total of 180 credits. All students take courses during semester 1 and 2 to the value of 120 credits which will be a combination of compulsory and optional courses. Successful performance in these courses (assessed via coursework or examinations or both) permits you to start work on your dissertation (60 credits) for the award of the MSc degree. The dissertation will generally take the form of two consultancy-style case projects or an externally supervised project.
The set of courses available is subject to review in order to maintain a modern and relevant MSc programme.
Previous compulsory courses for 2016-17:
Previous optional courses for 2016-17 include:
At the end of this programme you will have:
Trained statisticians are in high demand both in public and private institutions. This programme will provide graduates with the necessary statistical skills, able to handle and analyse different forms of data, interpret the results and effectively communicate the conclusions obtained.
Graduates will have a deep knowledge of the underlying statistical principles coupled with practical experience of implementing the statistical techniques using standard software across a range of application areas, ensuring they are ideally placed for a range of different job opportunities.
The degree is also excellent preparation for further study in statistics or data science.