The Internship and Master Thesis in the master specialization “Statistical Science for the life and behavioural sciences” are two obligatory parts that consist together of 30, 34 or 36 EC. They provide students with the opportunities to gain experience in the field of statistics, and to produce their own original contribution to statistical science research on an academic level.
The Internship and Master Thesis may be done separately or may be combined. The two separate or overlapping elements amount to a maximum of 36 ECTS in total:
- Internship (10 EC ~ 7-8 weeks)
- Master thesis (20, 24 or 26 EC ~19-20 weeks)
If the Internship and the Master Thesis are done separately, they may be on different topics, with work done at different locations. It should be noted that in this case they also will be evaluated separately. The Internship, if done separately, may either be done under the supervision of one of the instructors affiliated with the Statistical Science program, or may be done elsewhere. In the latter case, a local supervisor will be the first supervisor, and one of the Statistical Science instructors must act as a second supervisor. The experience in the Internship has to be reported in an Internship Report.
The Master Thesis should always be written under the supervision of one of the instructors affiliated with the Statistical Science program. The same is true when the Internship and Master Thesis are combined. The Master Thesis may be extended from 20 to 26 ECTS (in case of a separate Master Thesis) or from 30 to 36 ECTS (in case of a combined Internship and Master Thesis). If the Master Thesis is extended, one of the non-compulsory courses in the program may be dropped. The length of the Internship may be extended beyond 8 weeks, but the number of ECTS granted will not be increased beyond 10 ECTS.
More information on the Internship and the Master’s thesis can be found on Blackboard and online at
For questions that cannot be answered based on the available information in the public dropbox folder, please contact the Thesis and Internship coordinator: Prof. dr. Jacqueline Meulman. In case you’ll send her an e-mail, it is always wise to send a cc to the Statistical Science Coordinating Committee.