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Mathematics for statisticians


Admission requirements

The entry level for this course (and thus the master program) is equivalent to Dutch high school VWO Mathematics A.


Mathematics and computation are the lingua franca of statistics. In this course students will refresh and extend their mathematics skills needed to deal with the formal part of statistics. Topics from pre-Calculus, Calculus, linear algebra and geometry are discussed and trained.

Course objectives

Leveling up the necessary mathematical knowledge for successfully completing the Master Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural sciences.


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of Instruction

Lectures and exercise classes are dedicated to assist in problem solving and questions on the material. Students need to prepare for these contact hours via self-study using a book and video-tutorials. Video-tutorials can be found on the Blackboard page.

The student is advised to already try to solve the relevant exercises so as to understand his/her problems with the theory.

Assessment method

Homework assignments (20%) and a written exam (80%, minimum = 6,0). In case a student does not pass the course, he/she can take the written resit exam. The grade of the written resit exam will then replace both the grade for the homework assignment and the grade of the written exam.

The exam is closed book, however, students may consult the formulae sheet distributed by the teacher.

Reading List

Calculus a complete course – tenth edition,
Robert A. Adams & Christopher Essex, 2021, Pearson Education Canada ISBN 9780135732588
Calculus a complete course – ninth edition,
Robert A. Adams & Christopher Essex, 2017, Pearson Education Canada ISBN 9780134154367


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.