Quantitative Analysis in The Social Sciences, Master of Statistics

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #47 (WUR) ,
Looking for high-quality training in statistics for research or for professional life? If so, consider KU Leuven's MSc in Quantitative Analysis in The Social Sciences , an interdisciplinary programme whose teaching is grounded in internationally-recognised research.


What is the Master of Quantitative Analysis in The Social Sciences  all about?

This master’s programme is offered by the Leuven Statistics Research Centre (LStat) of KU Leuven. It is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. You’ll be trained intensively in both the theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. The programme will also help you develop a problem-solving attitude and teach you how to apply statistical methodology. The Quantitative Analysis in The Social Sciences programme is delivered by KU Leuven.

Is this the right programme for me?

The programme attracts students from a variety of disciplines. At a minimum, prospective students should have obtained an academic Bachelor's degree with a sound background in introductory statistics. Furthermore, prospective students should have the cognitive skills, competencies and attitude expected of a master-level student, including:

  • the ability to autonomously build a discourse based on disciplinary insights;
  • the ability to contextualise and critically process scientific information;
  • knowledge of research methods and techniques the ability to apply them within the discipline;
  • insight and involvement in ethical, normative and societal questions.

Career perspectives

As statistician, you'll be recruited by industry, banks or government institutions. You may find yourself designing clinical trials and supporting the biomedical sector, coaching research for new medicines, setting up and analysing psychological tests and surveys, performing financial risk analyses, statistically managing R&D projects and quality controls, or developing statistical software. And don't forget the academic world. The applications of statistics are very diverse, just like your professional options. 

Programme Structure

The 120-ECTS programme consists of a common core curriculum (one semester), option-specific courses (one semester), elective courses (one semester), and a master’s thesis.

  • Common core curriculum: these course are compulsory for every student.
  • Option-specific courses. Within your selected option, you choose courses worth a total of minimum 32 ECTS.
  • Elective courses

To tailor the programme to your needs and interests, you choose one of the following options:

  • Biometrics;
  • Social, Behavioural, and Educational Statistics;
  • Business Statistics;
  • Industrial Statistics;
  • General Statistical Methodology;
  • Official Statistics;
  • All-round Statistics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    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

    Core documents

    • PDF scans of your diplomas and transcripts of academic records
    • PDF scan of the translation of your diploma and official transcripts
    • English Proficiency Certificate
    • PDF of the proof of payment of the application fee made either via bank transfer or via credit card
    • PDF scan of the identity page of your passport
    • PDF of your motivation letter
    • PDF of your CV

    Additional documents

    • Recommendation Letters
    • Mainland Chinese citizens who do not hold a non-Chinese degree, need to submit an APS certificate
    • Applicants for the International scholar status at KU Leuven must upload the PDF scan of a proof of enrolment at their home university.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    890 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 890 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    890 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 890 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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