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Master of Statistics

Master of Statistics

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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 (generalized) linear models, multivariate methods, longitudinal data, Bayesian methodology, incomplete data, clinical trials and time-to-event analysis.

The specialization 'Bioinformatics' focuses on (generalized) linear models, multivariate methods, analysis of omics data, data mining, computer intensive methods and advanced programming.

The specialization 'Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology' focuses on (generalized) linear models, multivariate methods, modeling infectious diseases, mathematical biology, data mining, incomplete data, spatial and environmental epidemiology.

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

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


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 nonparametric 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 opt for two compulsory subjects specific to the chosen specialization.

The second year offers more specialized subjects. Each specialization offers a minimum of 29 ECTS of compulsory, specialized subjects. 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 (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 full-time programme, 1 credit represents a study load of 25 to 30 hours. Study load includes time spent in class, personal work and exams.