Kopie Master of Statistics

Kopie Master of Statistics

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The need for well-trained biostatisticians, bioinformaticians and epidemiological and public-health scientists is ever increasing, enhanced by the scientific revolution in molecular biology and genetics, and its impact on health and the environment.

Hasselt University’s Master of Statistics,with specializations in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology & Public Health Methodology, keeps abreast of these evolutions. The master programme combines a solid study of principles of applied and biostatistics with up-to-date information on topics such as clinical trials, public health, longitudinal data, survival analysis, genetics, survey methodology… The specialization in Bioinformatics makes it possible to keep an even closer pace with the more specific professional needs and skills required due to the development of novel experimental techniques in molecular biology and genetics.


Programme structure

The introductory phase, situated in the first semester of the first year, provides thorough fundamental knowledge of statistics. Students will become familiar with data, statistical analysis, and, first and foremost, statistical concepts and reasoning. Apart from topic related subjects, such as regression and analysis of variance, a lot of attention is devoted to group based project work.

In the second semester of the first year, the focus shifts from univariate models for continuous data to discrete data models and nonparametic approaches, as well as to correlated responses, combined with the discovery of associations. Within the second semester 3 subjects and an optional subject are common to all specializations. Additionally, students for two compulsory subjects specific to thechosen specialization.

The second year offers more specialized subjects. Each specialization offers a minimum of 29 ECTS of compulsory, specialized subject. The master thesis of 24 ECTS is the main study/work subject of the second semester, and is linked to an internship. Students also invited to broaden their horizons by taking an optional course from the other specializations.

The university decree for Flanders is built around a credit point system that is based on the principles of ECTS. ECTS is the European Credit Transfer System. Each year of a full-time degree programme counts 60 credits. Ideally, these credits are equally spread over two semesters, i.e. 30 credits per semester. Given that the expected total study load per year ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours for a fulltime programme, 1 credit represents a study load of 25 to 30 hours. Study load includes time spent in class, personal work and exams.

    USA-Canada: 1 credit hour = 2 ECTS credits;
    UK: 1 CATS credit = 0.5 ECTS credits.



Hasselt University’s Master of Statistics offers three specializations: Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and, last but definitely not least, Epidemiology & Public Health Methodology.

The specialization 'Biostatistics' focuses on topic 1, topic 2, topic 3, topic 4 and topic 5.

The specialization 'Bioinformatics' focuses on topic 1, topic 2, topic 3, topic 4 and topic 5. 

The specialization 'Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology' focuses on topic 1, topic 2, topic 3, topic 4 and topic 5. 

For a detailed overview of the courses in the curricula of each specialization, we kindly refer to the official studyguide.

In the case you are looking a top-level, indicative and comparative overview of the (differences in) the curricula of each specialisation, do consult this overview