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Highest scoring
research master of the Social Sciences
'Keuzegids Masters 2021'
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'Keuzegids Masters 2021'
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2 year
Master's programme

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 Europe? How do we obtain valid answers in a survey about sensitive topics like income or tax fraud? Which machine learning technique can best be used to analyse certain data? How do we accumulate knowledge through Bayesian updating techniques?

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 two-year Master’s programme trains students to become researchers who can bridge the gap between hard-core statistics and applications in empirical research in the social, behavioural, biostatistical, and medical sciences.

Programme objective

You will learn to:

  • develop methodological and statistical approaches
  • evaluate commonly used methodological and statistical approaches; and
  • apply methodological and statistical approaches in cooperation with behavioural, biomedical, and social sciences researchers.

Our students are the next generation of statisticians, data analysts, and data scientists. As such, we aim to provide a rich learning environment, that will help you fulfill your potential. We work in small groups so there is plenty of room for personal attention and our lecturers are top scientists. So rest assured you will learn from the best!

Why Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences?

  • You can choose your own path
  • Excellent career prospects
  • Our students greatly enjoy and value this Master's 
  • Consistently high ratings
  • A strong focus on the applied side of statistics

Cooperation within and outside the academic world

The programme combines the research expertise and focuses of the following departments:

This cooperation results in a broad choice of thesis topics.

World-class university in a lively student city

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country with several renowned international rankings  and twelve Nobel Prize laureates

Located in the middle of the Netherlands, Utrecht is a medieval city with a centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. Find more about what student life is like in Utrecht! 

Key facts

Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences (research) (MSc)
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Study duration: 
2 years

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Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2024-2025: € 2,530

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2024-2025: € 20,043

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Accredited by the NVAO
Social and Behavioural Sciences
Graduate school: 
School of Social and Behavioural Sciences