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120 ECTS - MS degree

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Are you interested in statistics, data analysis and risk assessment?

Would you like practical training in the use of statistics in population-based studies?   

About the programme 

The programme provides practical knowledge of how statistics are used in research in the fields of biology, genetics, public health, and health sciences.

Emphasis is on a solid training in the use of statistics in population-based studies as well as a strong general foundation in statistics and data processing.

Mode of study

Cross- departmental electives and an independent research thesis enables students to shape their study plan around their area of interest.

Students have the option of exchange studies for part of the program.

Do note that while we try to accommodate the programme to international students as possible, language of instruction in some courses might be Icelandic.

Further information in the Course Catalogue

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (BS, BA, or comparable) from an accredited college/university. A specific field of study is not required, but our students are expected to have a solid background in methodology and completed a courses in mathematical analysis, linear algebra, and probability and statistics. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score as proof of English proficiency. Minimum scores accepted are 79 on the TOEFL internet based test or a IELTS score of 6,5. Applicants are evaluated for entrance based on the following criteria:

  • Grade point average (in general a GPA equivalent to the Icelandic 7,25 (first) is a prerequisite for admissions).
  • Performance in specific courses, such as methodology and statistics.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives.

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After graduation

Biostatisticians are in demand for a diversity of jobs related to interpreting population-based research as well as data- and risk analysis, in both the private and public sector.

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Examples of professions:

  • Research
  • Data risk analysis
  • Education
  • Project management and policy making

Contact us

Centre of Public Health Sciences
Sturlugata 8, 102 Reykjavik
Tel: 525 4956

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-16pm and Fridays 10am-12pm.

Please call or write ahead to book an appointment.

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