Through this program, students will acquire the scientific and technological skills towards a data scientist profile within a computer science degree. With case studies and an internship, they will also gain methodological and practical experience in conducting a high-level innovative process in the field of data science.


Data science is a major scientific and technological area of computer sciences, founded on the fields of data analysis, machine learning, and databases. It leads to produce methods and technologies to enable data-driven progress in these social, scientific and economic activities.


  • Develop core scientific competencies, practical and methodological skills on data usage.
  • Understand how data science applies to industry and be aware of its social, economic and scientific impact.
  • Conduct a research or development project in the data analysis domain.


Data science is an academic curricular of the Computer science Master's Degree. It is a two-year degree (M1 + M2) but only the second year (M2 Data science) is accessible at Polytech Nantes.

Prerequisites for enrolment

  • Applicants should hold a degree which validates at least 4-years in higher education (equivalent to Bac +4 in France), in the field of computer science.

Prerequisites training

For international students, the current program is a one-year program, where successful applicants enter directly the second year.

They are expected to have solid foundations in the following fields:

  • Mathematics (statistics, probability, and optimization)
  • Relational databases (theory and practice)
  • Software development (e.g Python, R, C++, software engineering)
  • Report writing


Academic curricular in Data Science (program)

First semester (S9) - (30 ECTS)

  • Research methodology and case study
  • Conferences and invited courses
  • Data economics, law, and ethics
  • Data dependencies and data integration
  • Visual analytics
  • Pattern mining and social network analysis
  • Text and sequential pattern mining
  • Clustering analysis and indexing
  • Classification and representation learning
  • Probabilistic graphical models
  • Semantic knowledge representation

Second semester (S10) - (30 ECTS)

  • Internship - Master's thesis

Job opening

Business sector or job

The goal of this Master’s program is to train students towards a data scientist profile. The master’s environment should facilitate future involvement in Ph.D. positions in the field or an R&D data scientist position in a company.

Career opportunities

  • Data scientist
  • R & D engineer
  • Education and research


Our international master is taught in English in Polytech Nantes (Chantrerie campus).

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 25, 2019
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Start Date
Sep 2020
1 year
7,500 EUR
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