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 label signifies consistently high scores across judging categories.

Keuzegids Masters 2016: "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."

Choose our new track: European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) 

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 only Dutch University that has been awarded a EMOS label for our new 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.   

Cooperation within and outside the academic world

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

This cooperation results in an exceptionally broad choice of thesis topics. The vast majority of our graduates obtain PhD positions in the three 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.

Benefit from two locations

Small class sizes and approachable teachers and advisors offer you an intimate and interactive learning environment with a focus on skills in scientific communication, oral presentation, discussion, and research ethics. The Methodology and Statistics Master's also gives you the opportunity to experience the research culture at two universities and enjoy the atmosphere of two Dutch cities:

  1. Utrecht University 
  2. University of Twente (city of Enschede)

You can choose either of these locations as your main study location. Regardless of your choice you will also take courses at the other location, and you will learn to cooperate and work at a professional level using multimedia applications at both locations. After you have been accepted to the programme you will be asked to choose your main study location. 

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 ranks Utrecht in their top-10 of the world's unsung places!

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

The Guardian (June 2015) tips Utrecht as "the laidback alternative to Amsterdam".

University of Twente: Talented minds
University of Twente

The University of Twente (UT) is a leading international research university in Europe. It offers an inspiring academic setting for the world's brightest and very talented minds. UT is committed to fusing the social and engineering sciences as well as providing high-quality teaching and research. The University of Twente's academic record of excellence is solid, and it was ranked among the top 200 research-intensive universities for the sixth year in a row by The Higher Education Ranking (THES).

Take the Campus tour for an impression of UT.

Enschede innovates

With 26.000 students and a wide range of clubs and bars, Enschede has earned the right to call itself a vibrant student city. Enschede is popular among students because, despite of its many possibilities and facilities, it still feels compact and personal. Next to that it is much easier to find affordable living space compared to other student cities. Thanks to the many international institutions (and being near to the German border)  there are many international students to be found in Enschede. This results in an international ambiance in many of the institutions and the city.

More information about student life in Enschede can be found on