MSc in Data Science

General

Program Description

Programme Overview

Data Science is a specialization of the Master’s program in Computing Science. The Master’s is focused on research. You will learn how to turn real-world data sets into tools and useful insights, with the help of software and algorithms. First, you'll study scientific literature in the Research seminar. Next, during your research internship, you'll participate in a research project in a company or a scientific group. In the Master's thesis, you'll carry out your own research project, under the close supervision of our expert staff. You can, for example, take part in the research of iCIS on topics like Machine learning, Information retrieval, and recommender systems or Privacy and law.

This specialization builds on the strong international reputation of the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) in areas such as machine learning, probabilistic modeling, and information retrieval. We’re leading in research on legal and privacy aspects of data science and on the impact of data science on society and policy. Our approach is pragmatic as well as theoretical. As an academic, we don’t just expect you to understand and make use of the appropriate tools, but also to program and develop your own. Because of its relevance to all kinds of different disciplines, we offer our students the chance to take related courses at other departments like at language studies (information retrieval and natural language processing), artificial intelligence (machine learning for cognitive neuroscience), chemistry (pattern recognition and chemometrics) and biophysics (machine learning and optimal control). The job opportunities are excellent: some of our students get offered jobs before they’ve even graduated and almost all of our graduates have positions within six months after graduating.

Facts and figures

  • Degree: MSc in Computing Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science
  • Croho code: 60364
  • Duration: 2 years (120 EC), full time
  • Start month: September
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Enrolled students: 20 - 50 per year
  • Contact hours: 15 - 20 hours per week

Master's in Data Science: something for you?

  • Our Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) has a strong international reputation in areas such as machine learning, probabilistic modeling, and information retrieval.
  • iCIS is leading in research on legal and privacy aspects of data science and on the impact of data science on society and policy.
  • Our approach is pragmatic as well as theoretical.
  • You can also take related courses at departments like language studies, artificial intelligence, chemistry, or biophysics.
  • Exceptional students have the opportunity to study for a double degree in Artificial Intelligence.

Why study Data Science at Radboud University?

  • This specialization builds on the strong international reputation of the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) in areas such as machine learning, probabilistic modeling, and information retrieval.
  • We’re leading in research on legal and privacy aspects of data science and on the impact of data science on society and policy.
  • Our approach is pragmatic as well as theoretical. As an academic, we don’t just expect you to understand and make use of the appropriate tools, but also to program and develop your own.
  • Because of its relevance to all kinds of different disciplines, we offer our students the chance to take related courses at other departments like at language studies (information retrieval and natural language processing), artificial intelligence (machine learning for cognitive neuroscience), chemistry (pattern recognition and chemometrics) and biophysics (machine learning and optimal control).
  • The job opportunities are excellent: some of our students get offered jobs before they’ve even graduated and almost all of our graduates have positions within six months after graduating.
  • Exceptional students who choose this specialization have the opportunity to study for a double degree in Computing Science together with the Master's program in Artificial Intelligence. This will take three instead of two years.
  • Our students rate this Master’s program 8 out of 10 according to the National Student Survey 2018.

Specializations

Data Science is a specialization of the Master’s program in Computing Science. The other specializations are:

  • Cyber Security
  • Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
  • Software Science
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation

What will you learn?

This specialization is focused on research. You will learn how to turn real-world data sets into tools and useful insights, with the help of software and algorithms. First, you'll study scientific literature in the Research seminar. Next, during your research internship, you'll participate in a research project in a company or a scientific group. In the Master's thesis, you'll carry out your own research project, under the close supervision of our expert staff. You can, for example, take part in the research of iCIS on topics like Machine learning, Information retrieval, and recommender systems or Privacy and law.

Computing Science is everywhere

Admission Requirements

Master's specialization in Data Science

If you want to follow this specialization, you have to be admitted to the Master in Computing Science. The Admission Office will consider whether or not you have met the requirements.

Admission requirements for students with a Dutch university Bachelor’s degree

To get admission to the Master's in Computing Science, you'll need a Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science or in Artificial Intelligence. For the specialization in Data Science, we also encourage students to apply with a background in natural sciences, such as Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, who also have a keen interest in data analytics and proven mathematical and programming skills.

For those who don’t meet the requirements

Radboud University can offer certain students who do not meet the requirements of a customized pre-master's program, although the pre-master's program is only available for students with a Dutch degree. This also applies to students with a relevant Bachelor’s diploma from a University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: HBO; German: Fachhochschule). The aim of the pre-Master's is to eliminate deficiencies and to develop skills that are needed at the start of the Master's program. The content and duration of these pre-master's are determined and constructed per individual student.

Admission requirements for students with an international Bachelor’s degree

  1. A completed Bachelor's degree
    • To get admission to the Master's in Computing Science, you'll need a Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science or in Artificial Intelligence. We also encourage students to apply who have a background in natural sciences, such as Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, with a keen interest in data analytics and proven mathematical and programming skills. The Admission Office will consider whether or not you have met the requirements.
  2. Proficiency in English
    • In order to take part in the program, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
      • TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper-based) or ≥90 (internet-based)
      • IELTS score of ≥6.5
      • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher
For those who don’t meet the requirements

Radboud University can offer certain students who do not meet the requirements of a customized pre-master's program, although the pre-master's program is only available for students with a Dutch degree. This also applies to students with a relevant Bachelor’s diploma from a University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: HBO; German: Fachhochschule). The aim of the pre-Master's is to eliminate deficiencies and to develop skills that are needed at the start of the Master's program. The content and duration of these pre-master's are determined and constructed per individual student.

*Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Deadlines

Deadlines for students with a Dutch degree

Students with a Dutch university Bachelor's degree who wish to apply for a Master’s program beginning in the first week of September need to make sure that they have completed their application before 1 September.

In most cases, if you require an admission statement, please request this from the Board of Examiners no later than 1 July. The admission requirements for the specific program will state when the exact deadline is.

Some (Research) Master's have their own additional deadlines for enrolment. Please go to the program of your choice to find out about these deadlines.

Deadlines for students with an international degree

Students with an international degree who wish to apply for a Master's program at Radboud University starting in the first week of September need to adhere to different deadlines depending on their nationality.

Non-EU/EEA applicants

With scholarship application

Non-EU/EEA students must submit a complete application before 1 March if they wish to be considered for a scholarship, for example, Radboud Scholarship Programme, and/or the Orange Tulip Scholarship. Please note that different deadlines may apply for other scholarships. Please check the scholarship website to see if you or your chosen program is eligible for a scholarship.

Without scholarship application

All other non-EU/EEA applicants must submit a complete application before 1 April, applying after this date is not possible. Applicants will receive a service package that consists of assistance with accommodation and support with the visa and residence permit process.

EU/EEA applicants

Students from EU/EEA countries(1) must submit a complete application before 1 May to receive assistance with accommodation. Radboud University will still consider EU/EEA applications until 1 July, but we may not be able to offer assistance with accommodation.

Some (Research) Master's have set their own additional deadlines for enrolment. Please go to the program of your choice to find out about these deadlines.

This list could be subject to change.

Enrolment deadlines

Students who have been (conditionally) admitted must complete their enrolment by the dates below:

Non-EU/EEA students

Non-EU/EEA students who require help with their visa application need to send legally certified hard copies of their enrolment documents (outlined in the admission letter) before 1 June. The other enrolment criteria must be met before 15 August.

All other students

All other students need to send legally certified hard copies of their enrolment documents and meet the other enrolment criteria before 15 August.

All students will receive an admissions decision approximately 3 weeks after they have completed their application in the online application system OSIRIS Application.

Please note that these deadlines are very strict and must be adhered to. They are set to ensure sufficient time for students to complete the visa process.

(1) EU/EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (including the Dutch Caribbean), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom.

Career prospects

A professional data scientist has fine problem-solving, analytical, programming, and communication skills. He or she applies those skills to analyze a problem with real-world data and in the end:

  • Come up with a creative and useful solution.
  • Find or program the right tool to turn the data into knowledge.
  • Communicate the obtained findings to others.

By combining data, computing power and human intellect, data scientists can make a real difference to help and improve our society.

The job perspective for our graduates is excellent. The industry desperately needs data science specialists at an academic level, and thus our graduates have no difficulty in finding an interesting and challenging job. A few of our graduates decide to go for a Ph.D. and stay at the university, but most of our students go for a career in industry. They then typically either find a job at a larger company as consultant or data analysis or start up their own company in data analytics.

Examples of companies where our graduates end up include SMEs like Orikami, Media11 and FlexOne, and multinationals like ING Bank, Philips, ASML, Capgemini, Booking.com and perhaps even Google.

Radboud Career Service

Radboud Career Service Science helps students, PhDs and alumni with advice and counseling, either in an individual interview or in a workshop with fellow students. Career Service Science can introduce you to people at national and international companies and organizations that offer interesting jobs and internships. With our extensive knowledge of the labor market and recruitment experience, we’re here to advise you on how to find the job you desire.

Where do our graduates now work?

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less