• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

In recent years data that are collected in clinical research and public health have increased in volume and complexity. This enhanced even further by the scientific revolution in molecular biology and genetics, and its impact on health and the environment. In this context it is of paramount importance that data are analyzed with sound statistical techniques that respect their nature and adequately answer the scientific questions of interest. This has lead in an increased need for well-trained biostatisticians capable of handling the data analysis challenges of the modern era.

Aims

The aim of the Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) Specialization in Biostatistics is to keep abreast of such evolutions and equip the future generation of researchers with modern and essential data science tools. This specialization will combine a solid study of modern statistical methodology with up-to-date information on topics such as study design, clinical trials, public health, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, causal inference, and tools for reproducible research. The courses are taught by an international faculty of world renowned statisticians and epidemiologists from the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States. These include among others, past and current Editors of flagship biostatistics journals, and past presidents of major international biostatistics societies.

Objectives

Students acquire the following competencies:

  • Ability to formulate a clinical or public health problem and translate it into a scientific question;
  • Ability to perform an extensive study of the literature concerning a problem;
  • Ability to translate a scientific question into a research protocol;
  • Acquisition of quantitative skills;
  • Ability to make causal inferences;
  • Ability to critically appraise published research;
  • Ability to conduct the research, collect and analyse data, and draw conclusions;
  • Ability to write a Master’s thesis, including the objective(s) of the investigation, a summary of the literature, materials, methods, results, discussion and conclusions of the research project and to present these findings at scientific meetings. Publication of the research findings in an international peer-reviewed journal is encouraged.

Career opportunities

The degree prepares you for a career in international medical research or for executive or advisory positions in clinical medicine, public health, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.

Accreditation

This programme is NVAO accredited. 

Programme Structure

Course structure:
  • First-year: mainly methodological, statistical and programme specific courses and start research project; 
  • Second-year: individual research project and advanced courses, electives and seminars.
  • Research: Your individual research project will be supervised by leading professors and senior researchers, with the objective of delivering a high quality scientific research paper.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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    6

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    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

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General Requirements

You should fit the following criteria:

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree or a relevant Master’s degree from a discipline in or related to clinical medicine or public health (medical doctor, health sciences, nutrition, (medical) biology, chemistry, pharmacy, environmental sciences, human movement sciences, sociology, economics, psychology, etc.) or a broad Bachelor’s education with sufficient basic subjects in the above mentioned disciplines.
  • You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18900 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18900 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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