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Master of Statistics


Master of Statistics

Universiteit Hasselt - Knowledge in action

SPECIALIZATIONS

Students can choose between a specialization in:

  • Biostatistics / ICP Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology

STRENGTHS OF THE MASTER OF STATISTICS: BIOSTATISTICS

In the specialization Biostatistics/Biostatistics ICP sound training in modern statistical methodology, necessary for the design and analysis of biomedical and epidemiological studies, is provided. Core biostatistics courses are Longitudinal Data Analysis, Survival Analysis, and Clinical Trials. The specialization in Biostatistics has a strong research orientation. The programme of students from developing countries, with a scholarship sponsored by the University Development Cooperation Section of the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS), is adapted to their specific needs and interests in the Biostatistics ICP specialization.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Over the years graduates have found positions in:

  • biomedical research institutes
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • government
  • healthcare
  • academia (PhD)
  • ...

Marijke Van Moerbeke, Belgium
We were told many things during our studies, like: “there is no free lunch in statistics but there is at Janssen Pharmaceutica” and “come on guys, it is not rocket science.” However, we students, did not think it was always that easy. During the regression course in our first weeks we had professor Sotto begging us for solutions. Also, mastering the software was a challenge for most of us but with the help of the professors and friends we learned to manage. The numerous group projects helped to strengthen the bonds between the different students. We have grown over the master years. However, the biggest challenge, the thesis, was yet to come. It brought us joy when we got meaningful results, it brought us despair whenever we didn’t, as well as sleepless nights trying to figure out why. However, the results were rewarding. After two years of hard work, we can say that we did not merely “get” our diplomas, but rather that we earned them.

Not all was work, there was the symposium where we met Sir David Cox, a living legend among statisticians and beyond, there was the opportunity to visit many Belgian and foreign cities and there turned out to be a first-snow experience for many. The professors were, while giving us mountains of work, also willing to answer elaborate mails and open their office doors after an unexpected knock. It is a nice feature that the distance between students and professors is small. The Master of Statistics is a great learning experience, of course in statistics with professors whose names are known all over the world but also socially when interacting with various cultures.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Programme coordinator: prof. dr. Geert Molenberghs
geert.molenberghs@uhasselt.be
Programme coordinator ICP: prof. dr. Paul Janssen
Administration: Mrs. Martine Machiels
martine.machiels@uhasselt.be

STRENGTHS OF THE MASTER OF STATISTICS: BIOINFORMATICS

The rapid evolution in scientific research in genomics and proteomics continuously requires new knowledge and skills. Besides a working knowledge of molecular biology, there is the need for a specialised knowledge of, and applied skills in database management, computer programming, statistical techniques and knowledge discovery & integration. The Master of Statistics: Bioinformatics prepares graduates in such a way that they:
• Are able to design and analyse experiments aimed at obtaining genomic and proteomic data.
• Possess the necessary knowledge and skills to develop, understand and create bioinformatics software tools and databases.
• Become self-assured, independent and assertive professionals for whom analysing an issue, structuring information, working in international and multidisciplinary teams, conducting and chairing discussions and presenting ideas have become second nature.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Over the years graduates in bioinformatics have found positions in:

  • biomedical research institutes
  • biotech & pharma industry
  • academia (PhD)
  • ...

Victor Lih Jong, Cameroon
With the constant evolution of high-throughput technologies, the future of biomedical research has been projected to be at the molecular level. These advanced genomic and proteomic technologies generate large amount of data that require multi-disciplinary expertise to handle and derive useful information from the generated data. This often requires a blend of biological, database management, computer programming, data mining, and advanced statistical skills.

Despite being an intensive program, the Master of Statistics – Bioinformatics trajectory produces multi-disciplinary expertise in such a way that it provides its graduates with the necessary background and/or hands-on experience in molecular biology, database management, data mining algorithms, standard and advanced statistical modeling, reporting, communication, and, in summary, being an independent professional and a great team player.

Coming from a mathematical and computing background, this master trajectory equipped me with the relevant biological and statistical knowledge that, in turn, earned me the position of a statistical bioinformatics consultant (in charge of all high-dimensional experimental designs, data-preprocessing, data analyses, and analyses pipelines) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a PhD Fellow (with focus on class prediction with high-dimensional data) at Utrecht University.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Programme coordinator: prof. dr. Tomasz Burzykowski
tomasz.burzykowski@uhasselt.be
Administration: Mrs. Martine Machiels
martine.machiels@uhasselt.be

STRENGTHS OF THE MASTER OF STATISTICS: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH METHODOLOGY

The specialization Epidemiology & Public Health Methodology offers a professionally-oriented programme with emphasis on epidemiology, modelling of infectious diseases and microbial risk assessment.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Over the years graduates have found positions in:

  • public health institutes
  • food safety agencies
  • epidemiology departments
  • government
  • academia (PhD)
  • ...

Thao Le Thi Phuong, Vietnam
Having a pharmacy background and with a strong interest in epidemiology and biostatistics, I chose the Master of Statistics program at UHasselt, ‘Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology’ trajectory to be precise, to pursue my higher education. It is a well -designed course program where statistical knowledge is systematically delivered from very fundamental statistical concepts in the first year to more complex yet interesting modeling techniques in the second year. I liked the way statistical theory is put into practice by many demanding assigned projects and homework so that one can practice statistics nearly on a daily basis. ‘Practice makes perfect’ is applied in almost every course that I took. Team work became an essential skill that one can start building from the very first day. Evidently, a good amount of time in this trajectory is dedicated to up-to-date epidemiology topics, offering insight into modeling infectious disease. Through discussion with group mates, exchanging ideas, and attending inspired classes taught by some of the most profound professors in the statistical world, made me mature further every day. I would definitely recommend this program for those who want to have a wonderful journey with statistics in epidemiology, and enjoy great companionship with people from all over the world, sharing the same interest. You will receive assistance from helpful and friendly staff and enthusiastic teachers. Countless beautiful memories of your study and stay in Belgium will be created.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Programme coordinator:
prof. dr. Marc Aerts
marc.aerts@uhasselt.be
Administration: Mrs. Martine Machiels
martine.machiels@uhasselt.be