The Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences programme at Utrecht University is recognised as a high quality programme and has been awarded high ratings in the past years by established rankings in the Netherlands.

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State-of-the-art research in methodology and statistics

Modern society is highly data-driven. Everything is monitored and measured, yet there are major challenges to finding optimal ways to design research, analyse data, and extract the most valuable information.

This selective Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences programme combines the research expertise of the following departments at Utrecht University (UU) and the University of Twente (UT):

  • Department of Methodology and Statistics (UU)
  • Department of Biostatistics, University Medical Centre Utrecht (UU)
  • Department of Research Methodology, Measurement and Data Analysis (UT)

The collaboration between these departments provides you with an exceptionally broad range of internship opportunities and thesis topics focused on the following fields: Behavioural Sciences | Biomedical Sciences | Social Sciences

Combining theory and application

Through the programme’s cutting-edge research in methodology and statistics, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to carry out fundamental and applied research at the level of a PhD project. This two-year Master’s programme provides you with answers to questions such as:

  • What is the best way to set up a clinical trial to test new medical treatments?
  • How do we estimate the number of illegal immigrants in the Netherlands?
  • How do we obtain valid answers in a survey about sensitive topics like income or tax fraud?
  • How do we accumulate knowledge through Bayesian updating techniques?

You will also develop your ability to consult with applied researchers on a wide range of methodological and statistical issues. During your studies, you will select a specialisation in the behavioural, biomedical, or social sciences, which you will explore in depth through electives and (the preparation for) your Master’s thesis.

International orientation

Every year, students are invited to participate in the organisation of conferences, through which they have the opportunity to interact with scientists from around the world. In addition, there are opportunities to take electives abroad.

Excellent career prospects

The Methodology and Statistics programme prepares you for a scientific career in academia, research institutes, government organisations, NGOs, or private enterprises. Utrecht University, University Medical Centre Utrecht, and the University of Twente maintain strong partnerships with various non-academic institutions, such as CITO, CentERData, CBS, TNO, UMCU, LSAC,CTB, ETS, AMC, SAS, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Stichting Arq, Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Danone, and Ex:plain, which provide excellent career prospects for our students. The majority of our graduates obtain positions as PhD students either in one of the three departments that coordinate this Master’s programme or in other related departments in the Netherlands or abroad.

Thesis and preparation

You can prepare for and write your thesis at one of the three participating departments, or you can broaden your experience by working with other organisations, such as Statistics Netherlands, CITO, Social Cultural Planning Office, TNO, Research Centre for Examination and Certification, or UMCU.

Programme objective

Through this Master’s programme, you will develop the skills and knowledge to function as a qualified practitioner who is ready for PhD training or a research career outside academia. You'll learn how to:

  • develop methodological and statistical approaches that are required by new developments;
  • evaluate commonly used methodological and statistical approaches; and
  • apply methodological and statistical approaches in cooperation with behavioural, biomedical, and social sciences researchers.

You will be fully equipped with the academic skills and knowledge necessary for your future career.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Year 1, semester 1
  • Survey data analysis
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Fundamentals of statistics
  • Computational inference with R
Year 1, semester 2
  • Psychometrics
  • Introduction in multilevel and structural equation modelling
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Clinical research designs
Year 2, semester 1
  • Elective course
  • Research seminar I
  • Preparation rm thesis
Year 2, semester 2
  • Research seminar II
  • Master`s thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences (including Political Science), Econometrics and /or (Applied) Mathematics.
  • You need a GPA of 3.4 (or the Dutch equivalent of 7.5) or higher to be eligible. Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4 (Dutch equivalent: 7 or higher) will be considered for admission.
  • Basic knowledge of methods and statistics (totaling 30EC, with an average of at least 4.0-Dutch equivalent of 8.0); or
  • Courses in the field of methods and statistics are at least totaling 20 EC; completed with average of at least 3.4 (Dutch equivalent of 7.5);
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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