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Apply for masters in biomedical and epidemiological studies in Belgium.


This two-year programme provides sound training in modern statistical methodology with a focus on the design and analysis of biomedical and epidemiological studies.

The following compulsory courses are taught as part of this international programme:

Concepts of Probability and Statistics; Regression; Analysis of Variance; Nonparametric Methods; Correlated and Multivariate Methods; Principles of Statistical Inference; Foundations of Linear Models; Applied Data Modelling; Medical Biology; Multivariate Data Analysis; Longitudinal Data Analysis; Epidemiology; Genetic Data Analysis; Survival Data Analysis; Clinical Trials.

The following courses are also offered:

Data Management; Data Mining, Survey Methods; Computer Intensive Methods; Topics In Biometry, Bayesian Data Analysis; Modelling of Infectious Diseases, Topics in Epidemiology; Bioinformatics; Disease Mapping; Microbial Risk Assessment.

The programme puts strong emphasis on project work and the development of scientific writing skills.

Typical projects are: Learning from Data; Discovering Associations; Longitudinal Data Analysis and Advanced Modelling Techniques.

The final part of the programme is a summer project: each student takes part in the ongoing statistical activities at a company, institute, laboratory, etc.

The project is assessed on the basis of a scientific report presented orally.

Scholarship Admission requirements:

All applicants should hold a university degree.

Applications are primarily expected from candidates with a degree in a maths and/or statistics-oriented discipline.

Graduates from fields like medicine, biology, agriculture and bioengineering may also be admitted, provided they can show good skills in maths and statistics.

Type of diploma: Master ’s degree.

Scholarship Coverage:

Monthly allowance of €919 (to cover room and board, individual transport and personal expenses);

Monthly allowance of €57 for the spouse/ official partner and per dependent child (whether they stay in Belgium or not)

Fee for educational materials: €275 (per academic year)

Settlement expenses: €500 (non-recurrent payment)

Fee covering postage costs of educational materials: €275 (non-recurrent payment).

One economy class return airline ticket (per academic year – arrangements for initial international travel to Belgium will be handled by VLIR; all other travel arrangements will be made by the host university).

Insurance (the host university provides medical, third party liability, accident, travel and repatriation insurance)

Annual tuition fees(the host university will cover the annual tuition fee, up to €80).

Period: Two years

Language: English

Number of VLIR scholarships: 16.

Deadline of Application: February 1.

Promoter: Prof. P. Janssen (UHasselt) Contact;Prof. P. Janssen, Hasselt University, Center for Statistics, Tel: +32 (0)11 26 82 36. Fax: +32 (0)11 26 82 99. E-mail: martine.machiels[at]uhasselt.be, paul.janssen[at]uhasselt.be.

For more information and scholarship application, see: MSc in Biostatistics Scholarship in Belgium

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