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Mathematics for statisticians


Admission requirements

The entry level for this course (and thus the master program) is equivalent to Dutch high school VWO Mathematics A.


Mathematics and computation are the lingua franca of statistics. In this course students will refresh and extend their mathematics skills needed to deal with the formal part of statistics. Topics from pre-Calculus, Calculus, linear algebra and geometry are discussed and trained.

Course objectives

Leveling up the necessary mathematical knowledge for successfully completing the Master Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural sciences.

Time Table

See the Leiden University students' website for the Statistical Science programme -> Schedules 2020-2021

Mode of Instruction

(Online) Lectures and exercise classes are dedicated to assist in problem solving and questions on the material. Students need to prepare for these contact hours via self-study using a book and video-tutorials. Video-tutorials can be found on the Blackboard page.

The student is advised to already try to solve the relevant exercises so as to understand his/her problems with the theory.

Assessment method

Homework assignments (1/3) and a written exam (2/3, minimum = 6,0). In case a student does not pass the course, he/she can take the written resit exam. The grade of the written resit exam will then replace both the grade for the homework assignment and the grade of the written exam.

The exam is closed book, however, students may consult the formulae sheet distributed by the teacher.


Calculus a complete course – eighth edition,
Robert A. Adams & Christopher Essex, 2013, Pearson Education Canada ISBN 9780321877420
Calculus a complete course – ninth edition,
Robert A. Adams & Christopher Essex, 2017, Pearson Education Canada ISBN 9780134154367


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To be able to obtain a grade and the EC for the course, sign up for the (re-)exam in uSis ten calendar days before the actual (re-)exam will take place. Note, the student is expected to participate actively in all activities of the program and therefore uses and registers for the first exam opportunity.

Contact information

s.j.w.willems [at] math [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl


This is a compulsory course of the Master program Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences / Data Science.