In a data-rich world, data science is gaining a central position with an increasing potential value for businesses, science and society. Data scientists are needed to give meaning to the sea of data that surrounds us. With the innovative and interdisciplinary Data Science track in the Information Studies Master's Programme, the UvA makes it possible for you to become a skilful expert in this field.

This Master’s programme has been developed in collaboration with Amsterdam Data Science (ADS). Courses are taught by an international team of top scientists and experts from all collaborating institutions.

During this one-year Master’s programme in Data Science you will:

  • delve into the main theories and tools used in the field of data science, and develop an integrated view of the latest developments and future possibilities of Data Science in society;
  • learn how to translate scientific, societal, and business challenges into data-related questions, identify solutions that are methodologically sound, while taking the ethical and legal aspects into account, communicate results and make well-founded decisions;
  • work together with an international group of students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds;
  • conduct and evaluate data science projects in a broad range of domains.

Is Data Science at the UvA the study for me?

It is, if you:

  • want to translate scientific, societal and business challenges into data related solutions
  • want to learn how to explore and analyse data
  • want to understand how to conduct, assess and evaluate data science projects
  • use your background for data science projects in various domains
  • have experience with programming and statistics
  • like to work together with motivated students, with a broad range of educational backgrounds.

What does Data Science at the UvA have to offer me?

In the one-year Data Science Master's track, you will acquire knowledge of the theories and tools used in data science. We will teach you how to use these tools for working with data in different domains, such as Healthcare, Media and Communication, Smart City, Life Sciences and Digital Humanities.

You will benefit from the strong collaboration with ADS, bringing together leading researchers across the entire life cycle of data science, from expertise in machine learning and information retrieval to human-computer interaction and large-scale data management.

As a graduate, you will have an integrated view of the possibilities and development of data science in society.

Programme outline

The Data Science Master's programme is designed for you to become an all-around data scientist who knows how to go through all the steps in a data-driven project; from how to approach a business or societal problem from a data-analytical perspective (asking the right questions) to the final implementation of data science solutions, while also understanding the organisational and social implications these solutions may have.

In the first semester, you will take three core courses and at least one elective. In the second semester, you will take one more core course and one more elective, before focussing on your Master’s thesis.

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Last updated October 11, 2018
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2,060 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €21,010 per year.
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