In the second year you can design your own programme by choosing the free track or one of our predefined tracks:
- EMOS track (Official Statistics)
- Contemporary Psychometrics Track
- Drug Development Statistics Track
- Applied Data Science Track
In the free track, you can choose 15 EC in the field of your interest, such as: data science, survey research, educational measurements, or biomedical research. You can also choose to do an internship. Please note: your electives need to be statistics-related and will have to be approved by the coordinator.
EMOS Track (Official Statistics)
In this track you will study statistics as it is carried out at statistical bureaus such as Statistics Netherlands and planning bureaus. EMOS stands for European Master in Official Statistics, which is a EUROSTAT initiative. Within this track, you will take the extended elective course EMOS Core Module, taught mainly by Statistics Netherlands. You will also prepare and write your thesis under the supervision of Statistics Netherlands employees.
For more information on the EMOS track, please contact Dr. Peter Lugtig.
Contemporary Psychometrics Track
In this track you will study statistics and data science as they are applied to data from psychological or educational tests, surveys, and various kinds of new data sources relevant for measuring human behaviour and ability.
You will take the extended elective course Contemporary Psychometrics: Theory and Applications, taught by experts from the University of Twente and Cito, the national institute of educational measurement in the Netherlands. You will also prepare and write your thesis under the supervision of University of Twente or Cito employees.
For more information on the Psychometrics track, please contact Dr. Remco Feskens (Cito).
Drug Development Statistics Track
In this track you will study statistics as it is carried out in academic hospitals, clinical research organisations and the pharmaceutical industry and reviewed by regulatory bodies such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before disease treatments become available to patients. We cooperate with biostatisticians at UMCU and with selected organisations such as the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) and pharmaceutical companies. You will take the extended elective course Clinical Methodology and Biostatistics for Treatment Development taught mainly by clinical trial statisticians from the Julius Center, and you will also prepare and write your thesis under the supervision of Julius Center biostatisticians, optionally in cooperation with MEB or an external company.
For more information on the Drug Development Statistics track, please contact Dr. Caroline van Baal. (Julius Center, UMCU)
Applied Data Science Track
In the Applied Data Science track you will address the challenges for decision making, planning, and knowledge discovery in large collections of diverse data. You will take two courses (7.5 EC each) in the area of data science: Data Analytics 1: Supervised Learning and Visualisation, and Data Analytics 2: Battling the Curse of Dimensionality.
You can contact the coordinators of the Applied Data Science track via email@example.com for more information.