Minor Methodology and Statistics

A small percentage of Bachelor students find the Methodology and Statistics courses the most interesting courses, receive good grades for these courses, and are interested in conducting scientific research in the area of Methodology and Statistics.

We, the staff of the Department of Methodology and Statistics at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, share this interest and have developed the minor Methodology and Statistics to train promising students to become researchers in Methodology and Statistics within the social and behavioral sciences.


About the minor in Methodology & Statistics

Small groups of like-minded students

We are enthusiastic lecturers, teaching small groups of like-minded students. During the two-year, English-taught program, you will follow state-of-the-art courses and be involved hands-on in our research. Each student is assigned a personal adviser offering help with respect to choosing internal traineeships, the international traineeship, and topics of the first-year paper and the Master's thesis.

Expertise ranging from research methods to mathematical statistics

We have great expertise across a broad range of topics, ranging from research methods to mathematical statistics. We develop and apply new psychometric methods for constructing reliable and valid measurement scales, and statistical and data-analytic methods for analyzing categorical and continuous data from longitudinal or comparative research in relation to a causal model.

Possible topics for students are latent class analysis in combination with linear and non-linear regression and factor models, scaling and dimensionality assessment, dynamic exchange networks, structural equation models, multilevel structures in cognitive models, modern item response theory, and test and questionnaire construction.

Become a PhD or work in research institutions and companies

After completing the program, you will be an all-round researcher who can apply for a PhD position (in methodology and statistics but also in other fields of social and behavioral sciences), or work in research institutions and companies such as Statistics Netherlands (CBS), CITO, and The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP).

Courses minor in Methodology & Statistics

The Research Master consists of a general program (42 ECTS) and a minor-specific program (78 ECTS). The total program consist of 120 Credits (ECTS) for two years. Each year is divided into four units. The last unit in the first year is reserved for writing your First-year paper and doing an intern Traineeship. In the second year you'll write your Master's Thesis and you will follow an intern Traineeship.

The total program of the minor Methodology and Statistics consists the courses below. You can also view the graphic presentation of the program structure of the minor Methodology and Statistics.

* The numbers are the ECTS for the particular course.

Courses year 1


Unit 1 (August-October)


Unit 2 (October-December)


Unit 3 (January-March)


Unit 4 (March-June)


Total ECTS: 60


Courses year 2


Unit 1 (August-October)


Unit 2 (October-December)


Unit 3 (January-March)


Unit 4 (March-June)


Total ECTS: 60

About our research group

About our research group

The research program of the Department Methodology and Statistics is Measurement in longitudinal and cross-cultural research using latent structure models for categorical and continuous variables.

The aim of this program is the development and application of new psychometric methods for constructing reliable and valid measurement scales, and of statistical and data-analytic methods for analyzing categorical and continuous data from longitudinal or comparative research in relation to a causal model.

For more information please visit the website of the Department of Methodology and Statistics.

Researchers

Please visit the following website to see which Staff members are working at the methodology and statistics research department.


More information

We and our current Research Master's students are more than happy to give you more information about our program. For questions about the content of the track or for an appointment with a staff member or a Research Master's student, please send an e-mail to the coordinator Dr. Guy Moors at guy.moors@tilburguniversity.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Prof. dr. Jeroen K. Vermunt

Chair of the Department Methodology and Statistics

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