Master of Statistics

Hasselt University

Program Description

Master of Statistics

Hasselt University

The need for well-trained biostatisticians, bioinformaticians and epidemiological and public-health scientists is ever increasing, enhanced by the scientific revolution in molecular biology and genetics, its impact on health and the environment, as well as by the availability of ‘big data’ and progress in data science. Hasselt University’s Master of statistics with specializations: Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology & Public Health Methodology, keeps abreast of such evolutions. The master programme combines a solid study of principles of applied and biostatistics with up-to-date information on topics such as clinical trials, public health, longitudinal data, survival analysis, genetics, survey methodology, etc. The specialisation in Bioinformatics makes it possible to keep an even closer pace with the more specific professional needs and skills required due to the development of novel experimental techniques in molecular biology and genetics.

Hasselt University’s Master of statistics acquired accreditation from the prestigious Royal Statistical Society.

Graduates from accredited courses will be granted the society’s professional status of graduate statistician on application. Graduate statistician is a grade of professional membership of the society. It provides formal recognition of an individual’s statistical qualifications. Graduate statisticians will be able to further undertake suitable professional training and experience, normally for at least five years, so as to be eligible to apply for Chartered statistician status.

Students can choose between four specialisations:

Master of Statistics: Bioinformatics

The rapid evolution in scientific research in genomics and proteomics continuously requires new knowledge and skills. Besides a working knowledge of molecular biology, there is the need for a specialised knowledge of, and applied skills in database management, computer programming, statistical techniques and knowledge discovery & integration. The Master of Statistics: Bioinformatics prepares graduates in such a way that they:

  • Are able to design and analyse experiments aimed at obtaining genomic and proteomic data.
  • Possess the necessary knowledge and skills to develop, understand and create bioinformatics software tools and databases.
  • Become self-assured, independent and assertive professionals for whom analysing an issue, structuring information, working in international and multidisciplinary teams, conducting and chairing discussions and presenting ideas have become second nature.

Master of Statistics: Biostatistics

In the specialisation Biostatisticssound training in modern statistical methodology, necessary for the design and analysis of biomedical and epidemiological studies, is provided. Core biostatistics courses are Longitudinal Data Analysis, Survival Analysis, and Clinical Trials. The specialisation in Biostatistics has a strong research orientation.

Master of Statistics: Biostatistics ICP

The specialization in Biostatistics ICP is strongly research oriented. Sound training in modern statistical methodology, necessary for the design and analysis of biomedical and epidemiological studies, is provided.

The ICP Biostatistics programme of students from developing countries, with a scholarship sponsored by the University Development Cooporation Section of the Flemisch Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS), is adapted to their specific needs and interests in the specialization Biostatistics ICP.

Master of Statistics: Epidemiology & Public Health Methodology

The specialisation Epidemiology & Public Health Methodology offers a professionally-oriented programme with emphasis on epidemiology, modeling of infectious diseases and microbial risk assessment.

Admission Requirements

Information for students who intend to study in one of the international master programmes: students who possess a bachelor’s degree or students who possess already a master’s degree.

Admission policy

Hasselt University applies the same policy to its international students as for Belgian students, although there are some additional requirements to optimize their chances of success. To guarantee the legality of the diploma’s Hasselt University has to comply with Flemish Government legislation regarding admission to higher education. Hasselt University will assess students individually on the basis of their previous academic record and qualifications. General requirements concerning diploma requirements, language requirements and learning account.

Diploma requirements

Students should hold at least a university diploma or degree certificate or a diploma of higher education equivalent to a bachelor degree (180 ECTS credits). The examination board of the programme evaluates each application individually concerning applicant's academic record.

Language requirements

Candidates who wish to register in an English-language Master’s programme will need to demonstrate good command of English, both written and spoken. Proficiency in English is needed if students will have any chance of successfully completing their programme.

  • English-language skills need to be confirmed, by a recent score on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or any recognized proficiency test. The English Language Test can be waived if English-language proficiency is otherwise proven (e.g. if education or part of it was in English).

  • TOEFL-score: official document of the TOEFL-score : paper based: score >= 550 - computer based: score >=213 - internet based: 79-80

For detailed information on the TOEFL please visit On the test day you should select Hasselt University as the institution to which you want your scores to be sent to. The TOEFL-code for Hasselt University is 9005.

  • IELTS-score: official document of the IELTS-score: overall band score 6.0

For detailed information visit On the test day you should select Hasselt University as the institution to which you want your scores to be sent to and the name of the contact person of the programme you want inform.


  • The deadline for submission of complete file (online + hard copy) is September 1 for the EEA-students.
  • The deadline for submission is February 1 (Master of Statistics).

Applicants who are admitted to the programme, will first receive confirmation of admission to Hasselt University by email, together with email requests for payment of tuition fee and if necessary of health insurance fee. The amount of the tuition fee is subject to annual changes.

An admission package will be sent by postal mail to the address given in the online application (NO electronic copy of admission letter is sent). After receipt of payment of tuition fee (and insurance fee) candidates will receive confirmation of receipt of payment by email. Before the start of the academic year (typically beginning of September) further information about orientation programme will be sent by email to all candidates.

Note: if payment of tuition fee is not received and confirmed before arrival in Belgium, candidate cannot be registered at Hasselt University. Non-registration upon arrival implies administrative difficulties: you will neither be able to register at Belgian civil administration and health security, nor can a bank account be opened. No cash nor credit cards are accepted for payment of tuition fee at the Student secretariat

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 15, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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