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Master of Statistics (Abridged Programme - Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #80 (QS) ,
Looking for high-quality training in statistics for research or for professional life? If so, consider KU Leuven's MSc in Quantitative Analysis in The Social Sciences , an interdisciplinary programme whose teaching is grounded in internationally-recognised research. Choose from a number of approaches.


What is the Master of Statistics all about?

This master’s programme is offered by the Leuven Statistics Research Centre (LStat) of KU Leuven. It is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. You’ll be trained intensively in both the theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. The programme will also help you develop a problem-solving attitude and teach you how to apply statistical methodology.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Is this the right programme for me?

The programme attracts students from a variety of disciplines. At a minimum, prospective students should have obtained an academic Bachelor's degree with a sound background in introductory statistics. Furthermore, prospective students should have the cognitive skills, competencies and attitude expected of a master-level student, including:

  • the ability to autonomously build a discourse based on disciplinary insights;
  • the ability to contextualise and critically process scientific information;
  • knowledge of research methods and techniques the ability to apply them within the discipline;
  • insight and involvement in ethical, normative and societal questions.

Career perspectives

As statistician, you'll be recruited by industry, banks or government institutions. You may find yourself designing clinical trials and supporting the biomedical sector, coaching research for new medicines, setting up and analysing psychological tests and surveys, performing financial risk analyses, statistically managing R&D projects and quality controls, or developing statistical software. And don't forget the academic world. The applications of statistics are very diverse, just like your professional options. 

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Programme Structure

The 120-ECTS programme consists of a common core curriculum (one semester), option-specific courses (one semester), elective courses (one semester), and a master’s thesis.

  • Common core curriculum: these course are compulsory for every student.
  • Option-specific courses. Within your selected option, you choose courses worth a total of minimum 32 ECTS.
  • Elective courses

To tailor the programme to your needs and interests, you choose one of the following options:

  • Biometrics;
  • Social, Behavioural, and Educational Statistics;
  • Business Statistics;
  • Industrial Statistics;
  • General Statistical Methodology;
  • Official Statistics;
  • All-round Statistics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

    - Master degree in political and social sciences, economics and applied economics, pedagogic and psychological sciences, communication sciences, social geography or commercial engineering or have a 4 years bachelor degree in one of these disciplines.

    - Have sufficient knowledge of mathematics, statistics and information technology

    - To strengthen their application, applicants may decide to take and provide results of a GRE/GMAT test.

    - Can provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.

    Applicants should provide brief course descriptions of the statistical, mathematical and otherwise quantitative courses that they followed during their prior higher education.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    923 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 923 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    923 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 923 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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