Life and Behavioural Sciences

The MSc specialisation in the Life and Behavioural Sciences focuses on statistics in the broad sense, with biostatistics (for general medicine and life sciences) and statistics in the behavioural sciences. Some of the key words are longitudinal analysis, genomics, genetics, high dimensional (“big”) data, medical imaging, psychometrics and sensory metrics. The emphasis is on application in multidisciplinary environments of the life and behavioural sciences.

Students will gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of statistical models, including their application and interpretation in a broad range of empirical research. They are able to critically study scientific research and develop new models and techniques.

Students learn practical skills such as statistical programming, statistical consultation, and written and oral presentation of analysis and research results.

The Statistical Science: Life & Behavioural Sciences specialization is structured as follows:

Core ProgrammeEC
Statistics and Probability9
Mathematics for Statisticians3
Statistical Computing with R6
Linear & Generalized Linear Models and Linear Algebra9
Multivariate and Multidimensional Data Analysis6
Bayesian Statistics6
Mixed and Longitudinal Modelling6
Statistical Consulting5
Advanced Statistical Computing3
Specialisation CoursesEC
Study Designs in the Life and Behavioural Sciences6
Introduction to the Life and Behavioural Sciences3
Elective Courses (choose 4 out of 8 courses)EC
Statistical Learning Theory6
Psychometrics and SEM6
High-Dimensional Data Analysis6
Statistical Genetics6
Survival Analysis6
Survey Data Analysis6
Optional Course 16
Optional Course 26
Internship, Master ThesisEC
Master Thesis24

Together this makes a total of 120 ECTS. Find more information about our other specialization here.

NB. The programme might change from year to year. Always look at the Course and Examination Rules of the year you started your study.

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