Academic knowledge and skills

After finishing your Master’s programme, you will have the theoretical knowledge and research skills necessary to successfully compete for PhD positions:

  1. A strong foundation in cutting-edge research related to Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical, and Social Sciences.
  2. Competencies in conducting research in Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical, and Social Sciences.
  3. The knowledge and skills needed to carry out fundamental and applied research at the PhD level.
  4. The expertise to advise researchers in applying cutting-edge techniques in Methodology and Statistics.
  5. A specialisation related to your interests in the Behavioural, Biomedical, and Social Sciences.

Along with these specialised skills, you will develop general academic skills. The programme trains you in academic writing, presenting for various audiences, studying and discussing research papers, and planning a research project. You will learn to present projects by means of multimedia applications, and you will also learn about research ethics during your studies.

Connect with scientists

As a student, you will be invited to lunch talks and to participate in the organisation of conferences. These activities will expose you to scientists and their research topics. After finishing the Master’s programme, you will know how to prepare, attend, and process the information provided during presentations, lunch talks, mini-conferences, and poster sessions. 

You will also experience working in a research team (both traditional face-to-face cooperation and cooperation by means of multimedia applications). Through these activities, you will learn the rules of scientific cooperation and communication.

    All the knowledge I acquired in this programme makes me feel confident to perform on a high level in a PhD position.

    Professional skills

    Students who regard the MSc as the terminus of their academic education can capitalise on their:

    • Research experience
    • Foreign language fluency
    • Analytical, research, and reporting skills
    • Successful completion of a demanding programme
    Career-planning and work-field orientation
    FSW What's Next

    What's Next?!

    Every year, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences organises What's Next?! to prepare you for the world of further studies, internships and job-hunting. Over the course of two weeks, you can attend all kinds of free workshops intended to help you plan your future and acquire new skills which will come in handy after your studies. Keep an eye on the What's Next?! web page for more information about the upcoming edition of this event.

    Career Services

    In addition to the activities organised by the programme and the faculty, Utrecht University offers several university-wide services to familiarise you with the labour market.

    Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an job application letter and a resume or how to conduct a job interview. Every faculty has its own Career Officer who can help you discover your talents and interests and help you orientate on future career prospects.

    You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.

    Careers Day

    Careers Day

    Once a year Utrecht University organises the Careers Day, which brings students and companies together. The Careers Day offers you the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the Career Fair. For example, you can attend a job application training or have your resume checked.