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Master's Programme in Biostatistics and Data Science

Master's programme in Biostatistics and Data Science

  • 120 credits
  • 2 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week late August. Lectures begin 1 September, 2025.  
  • Degree: Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with a Major in Biostatistics and Data Science  

The Master's Programme in Biostatistics and Data Science offers a unique combination of biostatistics and data science. Students with backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or related disciplines, are provided with the skills to solve problems in biology, medicine, and public health. The programme is offered jointly by Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Stockholm University.

Programme presentation

In this two-year master's programme, you will learn the key skills required to work as a biostatistician or data scientist. You will get training in statistics, computational science, and programming, along with the theoretical and practical education to apply these skills to challenges in biology, medicine, and public health. In addition, you will learn the analytic techniques used in data science to prepare you for the data-driven challenges of modern medical research and a career as a data scientist. You will study a tailored selection of courses from three universities with prominent research in their respective fields: Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Stockholm University.

The programme is delivered by a team of teachers who are internationally recognised for their research in developing new biostatistics and data science methods, and for their collaborative research with scientists from other disciplines to improve health outcomes.

The first year begins with rigorous courses in statistics, exploring probability theory and statistical inference, and statistical modelling with a heavy focus on modelling biomedical data. Additionally, you will get an introduction to computer intensive methods in mathematical statistics. These courses give you the basis for the elective courses in machine learning and statistical learning in the second half of the year. You will also get an introduction to human biology, physiology, and genetics, and an introduction to medical research, emphasising its multidisciplinary nature and the role of biostatistics and data science in medical research and society. 

The second year introduces topics in biostatistical science that complicate or extend the concepts and methods covered in previous courses, for example, incomplete or missing data, correlated or clustered data, and Bayesian inference. Courses in the second year build upon previous courses by giving an overview of methods for designing and analysing medical research studies in three areas: pre-clinical studies and animal research, clinical trials, and observational studies.

In the final semester, you will conduct a degree project, which involves participating in research projects in an academic or industrial environment.

Programme syllabus - read more about the learning objectives, content and structure of the programme

Programme web page - for current students on the programme or if you are interested in learning more

The application process for the programme will be handled by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in collaboration with Stockholm University (SU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI).

Detailed information on the necessary documents and the application process (the Royal Institute of Technology's website)

Career opportunities

The combination of biostatistics and data science gives graduates an excellent profile for challenging and rewarding careers in industry (for example, biomedical, healthcare, insurance, and pharmaceutical sectors), government (for example, public health agencies) and academia.

There is a shortage of trained biostatisticians and data science professionals, both in Sweden and internationally. After graduating from this programme, you will find excellent opportunities for doctoral studies, both in developing new biostatistics and data science methods and applying your knowledge and skills in biostatistics and data science to address research topics in biology, medicine, and public health.

Application Autumn 2025

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Language: English


If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 360 000 SEK
First instalment: 90 000 SEK
Payment of fees

Application and admission

Admissions for the programme is handled by KTH Royal Institute of Technology. If you have questions about your application or admission, please refer to KTH’s information about application and admission.

For more information about the programme and its outline, please contact:
Paul Dickman, Programme Director,, +46-(0)8-524 861 86

Contact information for the central Study Guidance Office

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