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Methods and Statistics track (Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences)

2 years English Starts end of August

Specialize in methods and statistics to tackle research questions with increasingly complex data. The Methods and Statistics program delves into the individual's behavior in different social contexts (e.g., peers, family, groups, social networks) with a specialization that has a strong analytical and quantitative focus. This is a track of the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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in-house research traineeships

to apply your knowledge

international research traineeship

to improve your research skills

worldwide in the field of Social Sciences and Management

QS Ranking, 2022

Program and courses

Become specialized in methods and statistics while studying individual behaviors in different social contexts from three social sciences perspectives: social psychology, sociology, and organization studies.

  • Learn how to design high quality research and develop and apply advanced statistical techniques to tackle research questions involving complex data
  • Your methodological and statistical skills, paired with interdisciplinary knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences, will give you a competitive advantage in a wide range of applied or fundamental (research) positions, but also in other fields like consultancy or marketing.
  • Become part of a small-scale, interactive group of international, ambitious students with individual guidance from one of the renowned national and international academics
  • Apply your knowledge and research skills by participating in four in-house research traineeships, and one interantional research traineeship and write two scientific research papers as part of the curriculum. 

Typical courses are:

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Multivariate Analysis, including Multilevel Models
  • Bayesian Statistics

More on the program and courses

  • Ömer Emre Can Alagöz

    Ömer Emre Can Alagöz

    Master's student

    "I learned advanced topics in categorical data analysis and improved my programming skills. With traineeships and the first-year paper, we were able to get hands-on experiences and decide in which direction we want to proceed. In the end, I am confident about my research skills and feel ready for pursuing a PhD."

  • Anya Tonne - REMA Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Anya Tonne

    Analytics Consultant at Cmotions

    "Extensive training in statistics is complemented by a diverse theoretical curriculum, which gives a great methodological knowledge on how to conduct research independently. Also, small class-sizes allowed us to discuss concepts in-depth and in a friendly atmosphere."

  • Lieke

    dr. Lieke Voncken

    Researcher at Tilburg University

    "In the Research Master, I learned state-of-the-art methodology from experts in their fields. What I liked most was that I was able to choose a direction based on my own research interests. Also, I really liked the informal and friendly atmosphere. Because of this, we became a really close group."

Career prospects

As an all-round researcher, specialized in methods and statistics, you have a competitive advantage in any career that requires sharp analytical and problem-solving skills, project management, or hands-on experience with the full empirical research cycle. Our graduates have developed strong careers in- and outside academia, for example at research universities and institutes, and non- and for-profit organizations.

Recent alumni placements include:

  • PhD student  at Tilburg University 
  • Data Analyst at CITO
  • Researcher at Eurostat
  • Data scientist at CentERdata
  • Data Analyst and Research Expert at ING Bank

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 3.5
  • 75% find a job within 2 months after graduation
  • Graduates considered the Master's program to be a good foundation of knowledge and skill development
  • 75% would recommend this Master’s program to friends, family, or colleagues

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2021 | n=4

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

Academic Bachelor's or Master's program in Psychology, Sociology, Organization Studies, or Human Resource Studies.

Pre-Master's program:

The Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences does not offer a pre-Master’s program. However, in case you successfully complete one of the pre-Master’s programs of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (e.g., the pre-Master's program in SociologyOrganization and Management Studies, or Human Resource Studies) you become eligible for admission to the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Please note that the other admission requirements and application procedure still apply.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

Interested in this Master's program?

Check your eligibility

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More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences?

Do you have:

  • the ambitions for an intellectual challenge

  • strong critical and analytical abilities

  • an interest in and experience with doing research

Then check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.