Inbal Shofty, alumna Methodology and Statistics
"While I earned my undergraduate degree in behavioural sciences, the courses that I thrived in and found the most interesting were the courses in Statistics. I especially enjoyed using statistics while conducting research in cognitive psychology.
I like the fact that it's a small programme and that we have a very comfortable learning environment that is conducive to learning from one another. I found the lectures and assignments very interesting, and feel that they are related to real life problems and not just theoretical. I’ve gained knowledge in different fields of statistics, which I feel is a great benefit for prospective careers."
Oğuzhan Öğreden, alumna Methodology and Statistics
"The fact that we get to interact with and learn from people who produce considerably good work in three main research areas (psychological research, psychometrics and biostatistics) is very key. We are offered material that relates to a wide variety of fields and when it is possible we are pushed to formulate solutions and reason on our own as practitioners, later to realize our mistakes and learn how we made those mistakes. I think this experience made me a better follower of the ‘first principle’ of Richard Feynman: “[…] you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” and I think this is especially important in this field."
Janosch Menke, first year student Methodology and Statistics
"Even though I did not have a background in mathematics, this programme gave me the chance to gain more in-depth knowledge about applied statistics and the math behind it. The Master’s really challenges its students, but the fact that you are working so closely together with your classmates and teachers makes it a lot of fun. For me it has felt like we are all on one team working towards a shared goal.
For me, personally, it is really great that within this Master’s I had the option to follow the programme for the most part from the University of Twente. The campus and recreational activities offered by the University of Twente are diverse and there are a lot of options for being active outside your studies.
All in all it was a great decision for me to join this Master’s and I can really see myself continuing to work in this field of research in the future."
Irene Torrubia, alumna Methodology and Statistics
"This Master is positioned as one of the top-ten best Masters in the Netherlands and in addition, the professors in the Methodology and Statistics department are experts in their respective fields. It really is a great chance to learn from the best!
For me, being in a class with talented, ambitious and motivated people is the perfect setting for making the best out of every lecture, also taking into account that lessons are given in small groups. This results in well-qualified graduates. After finishing the programme I would like to focus my career on research. All the knowledge I acquire in this programme makes me feel confident to perform in a high level in a PhD position."
Konrad Klotzke, alumnus Methodology and Statistics
"After completing my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Twente I was, like many other students in my situation, uncertain about how to proceed with my academic career. On the one hand I was intrigued by the possibility of developing statistical models that offer new insights into the functioning of our world. On the other hand, I studied psychology because I wanted to work in a context that is meaningful for other people and for society.
As one would expect from a Master's degree in statistics, this Research Master’s programme taught me a fundamental understanding of mathematical statistics − but beyond that, its interdisciplinary character is what makes it special. The small class size allowed each student to tailor the degree towards their own personal interests, whether they lie more in the biomedical field, in public statistics, or as in my case, in psychometrics. The lecturers take their time for each student and more than once I sought discussions outside of class hours, which in the end greatly improved my understanding of the subject matter.
All in all, if I had to sum up my experiences with a single sentence, I would say that this Research Master’s programme was challenging and stressful at times, but also supportive towards my aim of becoming a researcher in the field of psychometrics. Finally, the cooperation of the University of Twente and Utrecht University greatly helps with building a network, which often enough forms the basis for finding employment one truly enjoys."
Konrad is currently a PhD-candidate at the University of Twente.