Why in Utrecht

A choice in tracks

In the second year, we offer you a choise in tracks: the Contemporary Psychometrics track, the EMOS track or to pursue your own, free track. 

Contemporary Psychometrics track

We offer a track in contemporary psychometrics, i.e. statistics and data science are as they are applied to data from psychological or educational tests, surveys, and various kinds of new data sources relevant for measuring human behavior and ability.

European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) track

The European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) is a project aimed at developing training and education in Official Statistics within existing Master's programmes at European universities. We are the first Dutch University to have been awarded a EMOS label for our track. We offer the EMOS track in Official Statistics, i.e. statistics as it is carried out at statistical bureaus such as Statistics Netherlands and planning bureaus.   

Consistently high ratings

The highly regarded Keuzegids Masters (a Dutch ranking of Master’s programmes) labelled Utrecht University’s Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical, and Social Sciences programme as a Top Rated Master's for the ninth year in a row. This signifies consistently high scores across judging categories.

Keuzegids Masters 2019: "Utrecht offers their students a stimulating programme at a high level with much attention to academic skills such as analytic thinking, doing methodological research efficiently and critical reading."

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. The vast majority of our graduates obtain PhD positions in the cooperating departments or in other Methods and Statistics groups in the Netherlands and abroad.

This programme is the only two-year, NVAO-accredited Master's in Methods and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical, and Social Sciences in the Netherlands.

Utrecht: World-class university
Utrecht University
Academy Building Utrecht University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Masters' programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates: G. ‘t Hooft, M.J.G. Veltman, P.J. Crutzen, N. Bloembergen, T.C. Koopmans, L.S. Ruzicka, P. Debye, C. Eijkman, R.Magnus, W. Einthoven, W.C. Röntgen and J.H. van ‘t Hoff.

A lively, bustling student city
Utrecht's canals by night
Utrecht's canals by night

Utrecht is a city of unparalleled vitality in the middle of the Netherlands. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. You will find lots of friendly outdoor cafés and restaurants. It is only thirty minutes from Schiphol airport and all of the Netherlands is just a short journey away.

Lonely Planet says Utrecht is "hard not to fall in love with. A vibrant university city, the compact medieval core radiates out from the iconic 15th-century Domtoren, ringed by a loop of very pretty tree-lined canals." 

CNN lists Utrecht as one of the world's best cycling cities.

The Guardian tips Utrecht as "the laidback alternative to Amsterdam".