In today’s world everything is measured and monitored. Social media and innovative data collection methods make it possible to obtain (huge amount) information on important topics in behavioral, biomedical and social sciences. This two-year Master’s programme prepares you for an academic or professional career in a company/institute, where essential data-driven solutions are required, related to methodological and statistical work at an academic level.   

Academic Careers

The programme prepares you for a scientific career in fields such as:

  • Academia
  • Research institutes
  • Government organisations
  • Private enterprises

Possible potential career paths

  • PhD student: You will conduct four years of research at a university in the Netherlands or abroad, writing scientific publications and working as a teacher for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. After you obtain your degree, you can apply for a research post.
  • Statistical consultant: As a statistical consultant, you will work in companies like CITO, CBS (Statistics Netherlands), and RIVM. You will advise on design research and offer expertise in data analysis and research methodology.
  • Researcher at the Central Bureau of Statistics: You will perform research in various areas of society and create reports used to control or policy support. You will be responsible for designing, conducting, and analysing research.


The vast majority of our graduates obtain positions as PhD students either in one of the three departments that coordinate this Master or in other related departments in the Netherlands or abroad.

Some graduates have chosen non-academic careers and work, for example, at CITO, Statistics Netherlands as statistical consultants or have teaching jobs at the University. The specialisation tracks are organized in cooperation with non-academic institutions, which are also potential employers. Thus, improved job opportunities are created in your area of specialization, at institutions like CITO, RCEC, CentERData, Statistics Netherlands, TNO, and UMCU.

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