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Statistical Data Analysis, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #130 (QS) ,
The Master in Statistical Data Analysis programme at Ghent University is a one-year advanced master program, but as a part student it can be completed in 2 to 4 years. The program offers training in modern statistical methodology, computational statistics, and data analysis from a wide variety of fields, including biology, bio-informatics, economy and marketing.


Career perspectives

Students who successfully finish the master's programme have acquired an advanced level of statistical knowledge and data analytical skills. They are ready to contribute as independent experts to a multidisciplinary team that designs, performs, analyses and reports applied scientific research. There is a great demand in industry, banking, government, academia and research centres (both the profit as the non-profit making sector).

The masters are trained to handle practical problems in an objective scientific manner and to obtain insight in the structure of data and the underlying model. Our masters have been encouraged to think critically and be creative problem solvers.

Computational skills, flexibility, efficiency and a positive attitude towards lifelong learning are important qualities and indispensable for a successful career.

Course structure

The programme (60 credits) consists of mandatory general courses (12 credits), major courses (33 credits) and a master’s dissertation (15 credits). In every course, the theory is supported by projects and assignments in order to develop skills of practical data analysis. It thus provides hands-on experience with real data. The programme is taken either as a one year full-time programme or it can be spread over two or more years. Several courses are taught in the evening. The program allows students to choose between two majors.

Major Statistical Science 

This track provides a firm basis of statistical thinking and methodology, with focus on understanding and applying statistical concepts and bridging the world of statistics with empirical sciences. From a wide variety of elective courses, taught by lectures from different fields of applications, students can compose a curriculum that fits to their background and interests. The lecturers are active researchers and they are involved in projects with industry and society. Through the elective courses students are trained in modern statistical methods with a strong emphasis on applications. Graduates from this major are all-round statisticians.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Principles of Statistical Data Analysis
  • Statistical Computing
  • Analysis of Continuous Data
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Statistical Inference
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Big Data Science
  • Programming and Algorithms
  • Databases
  • Master's Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Admission (for international degree students)

The programme offers a profound training in design, analysis and reporting of empirical research. It is meant for students who already have a master's degree or equivalent (a 4-year programme at a minimum) from study fields carrying enough mathematical, statistical and computing background within different faculties.

Applicants should have obtained an end result of at least second class upper or equivalent in the discipline leading up to our program. Foreign students are expected to submit their grade sheets and each application will be evaluated by the Program Committee for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1792 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1792 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    922 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 922 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Gent

  • 754 - 1210 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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