The two-year programme is divided into four semesters.

In the first year of the MSBBSS programme you follow eight courses, four per semester.

A number of these courses explore methodological issues related to survey research and the problems of devising designs that are both cost-effective and maximally suited to answer the research questions at hand.

Other courses deal with multivariate statistical tools, such as multiple regression, as well as recent extensions, such as multilevel analysis and structural equation models. These courses give you deeper insight into statistics and familiarise you with advanced statistical software, including the programming language R.

You will also be introduced to typical ways in which methodology and statistics are applied specifically in the behavioural, biomedical and social sciences.

In the second year, there are plenty of opportunities to go more in-depth into your own field of interest. You will undertake multiple elective courses. These can be courses within the social or biomedical sciences, but also in, for example, data science, philosophy or mathematics. If desired, you can go abroad for this part of your programme.

You will also start to specialise in the research area that interests you most. Typically, this will be in a collaborative project with other disciplines / organisations where you will prepare for, and write, a thesis. This can be at one of the departments involved in the Master's programme or at an institute that we collaborate with (e.g., SN, CITO, TNO, Danone, UMCU, LMU).

Next to this, we also offer a track in the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS). For more detailed information, see the bottom of this page.

In addition, you will be involved in the statistical consultancy activities of our departments.

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The courses have an intensive format with written (research) assignments, class presentations, final papers, written exams, and / or short exercises. For each course a course manual is available in the electronic learning environment Blackboard. In these manuals you will find more detailed information about the content, aims and structure of the course.

In the second year of the programme, you can choose multiple elective courses and a thesis subject in your field of interest.

Next to this, we offer an EMOS track. This is a track in Official Statistics, i.e. statistics as it is carried out at statistical bureaus such as Statistics Netherlands (SN) and planning bureaus. EMOS stands for European Master in Official Statistics, which is a EUROSTAT initiative. Utrecht University one of only two Dutch Universities that have been awarded the label to offer EMOS.

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Within this track, you will follow an extended elective course taught mainly by Statistics Netherlands (SN), and you will also prepare and write your thesis under the supervision of SN employees. Should you have questions about this option, please contact Associate Professor Peter Lugtig.