Master in Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences

General

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Program Description

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 Master’s 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)

This programme therefore also has two main study locations you can choose from, that is, either Utrecht University or the University of Twente. 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

High Quality

The programme is recognised as a high-quality programme and has been awarded high ratings in the past years by established rankings in the Netherlands.

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.

Career Prospects

This Master’s programme prepares you for an academic or professional career in a company or institute where methodological and statistical work occurs at an academic level.

Academic Careers

The programme prepares you for a scientific career in fields such as:

  • Academia
  • Research institutes
  • Government organisations
  • NGOs
  • Private enterprises

What does your job involve?

Examples of potential career paths include:

  • PhD student: You will conduct four years of research at a university in the Netherlands or abroad, writing scientific publications and working as a teacher for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. After you obtain your degree, you can apply for a research post.
  • Statistical consultant: As a statistical consultant, you will work in companies like CITO, CBS (Statistics Netherlands), and RIVM. You will advise on design research and offer expertise in analyzing data.
  • Researcher at the Central Bureau of Statistics: You will perform research in various areas of society and create reports used to control or policy support. You will be responsible for designing, conducting, and analyzing research.
  • Analyst within a communications department at a university: You will perform research on the effectiveness of a university’s communications. You will analyse information about website visits and translate your analysis into concrete recommendations.

The vast majority of our graduates obtain positions as PhD students either in one of the three departments that coordinate this Master or in other related departments in the Netherlands or abroad.

Professional Careers

Some graduates have chosen non-academic careers. For example, many of them work at CITO and Statistics Netherlands as statistical consultants or have teaching jobs at the University. Through the development of specialisation tracks, Utrecht University has reinforced connections with non-academic institutions that are potential employers of our students. Thus, we are creating improved job opportunities for our students at institutions like RCEC, CentERData, TNO, and UMCU.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less