Kopie Master of Statistics

Kopie Master of Statistics

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In the specialization Biostatistics 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.

For more detailed information on the curriculum of this specialization, please consult the course overview or the studyguide.



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.


Programme coordinator: prof. dr. Geert Molenberghs (geert.molenberghs[at]
Administrative info: Peter Vandoren (peter.vandoren[at]