• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Statistics by Distance Learning at Hasselt University combines a solid study of principles of applied statistics and biostatistics with up-to-date information on topics such as clinical trials, public health, longitudinal data, survival analysis, genetics and survey methodology.
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Hasselt University offers 3 unique Master of Statistics programmes:

  • Biostatistics focuses on statistical and quantitative methodology for medicine, agriculture, forestry, environmental sciences, and beyond.
  • Bioinformatics focuses on analysis of omics data, data mining, computer-intensive methods, and advanced programming.
  • Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology focuses on study of the distribution and determinants of health-related outcomes and diseases in populations.

Distance Learning

Enrolling for the DL Program means that as a student you will take the program from a distance, i.e. from home, workplace or virtually any place with access to the internet.

The on- and the off-campus program will be offered in parallel, synchronized as far as practically feasible, and with maximal flexibility. It will be possible to switch between the on-campus and off-campus programs. The content and learning outcomes within and across courses are identical.

Strengths of the Programme

  • Built upon the expertise of the Center of Statistics with more than 30 years of research in biostatistics, bioinformatics and epidemiology & public health methodology
  • Strong emphasis on lifelong learning and employability skills such as communication (writing and presenting), critical attitude and working in team
  • Internationally and multidisciplinary oriented
  • Contains a large diversity of educational formats and study materials such as lectures, weblectures, quizzes, projects, homework assignments, discussion groups and digital learning environment
  • Based on student-centered education: small groups, individual guidance and feedback, group work, feedback sessions
  • Internationally accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS, UK), allowing graduates to apply for the professional quality label of Graduate Statistician at RSS

Career Prospects for Graduates

  • Working in biopharmaceutical companies, in the role of clinical trial statistician or in management
  • Working in health research institutes, food safety departments, health knowledge centers, regulatory authorities for clinical trials, etc.
  • Working in public health institutes, in the role of quantitative epidemiologist, statistician or managing 
  • Serving on data monitoring committees to protect patient safety
  • Support fundamental research in academia by pursuing a PhD

Programme Structure

Core courses:

  • Software and Data Management
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Learning from Data
  • Medical and Molecular Biology
  • Linear Models
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Generalized Linear Models
  • Multivariate and Hierarchical Data
  • Computer Intensive Methods
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Data Mining
  • Master Thesis

Courses for Biostatistics:

  • Nonparametric methods
  • Sampling Theory
  • Statistical Inference
  • Survival Data Analysis
  • Advanced Modeling Techniques
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Clinical Trials

Courses for Bioinformatics:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Algorithms and Programming
  • Statistical and Computational Methods for Integrated Analysis
  • Advanced Programming
  • Analysis of High Dimensional Omics Data
  • Analysis of Protein Expression
  • Advanced Methods for Genomics

Courses for Epidemiology & Public Health Methodology:

  • Concepts of Epidemiology
  • Sampling Theory
  • Microbial Risk Assessment
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Modelling Infectious Diseases
  • Mathematical Biology and Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Incomplete Data

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Students should hold at least a university diploma or degree certificate or a diploma of higher education equivalent to a bachelor degree (180 ECTS credit points).
  • Admission is given directly to holders of an academic bachelor or master, obtained from a Belgian university, in mathematics, physics, computer sciences, chemistry, biology, life sciences, medicine, psychology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, bio-, business- or civil engineering.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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