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Data Science BSc

3 years English Starts end of August

The joint Bachelor's program in Data Science is about creating value from data. You learn how to analyze the large amounts of data that today's society operates on. You will learn how to discover trends and patterns that are relevant for businesses, government agencies or nonprofit organizations. The program does not only focus on the technical side, but also on the legal, social, ethical and business aspects relating to Data Science. This multidisciplinary approach makes the program unique in its kind.

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This academic year, education at Tilburg University will take place partly online and partly on campus depending on the corona measures in place. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. For the latest updates on the corona situation see our FAQs for prospective students and current students.

Joint degree programs are offered in collaboration with another university. For these programs, different or additional information about education during the next academic year may apply. Therefore, please keep a close eye on the information you directly receive from your joint degree program. That information is leading and will prevail over general information you will receive about education at Tilburg University.

universities accreditation

Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology

45 EC
elective courses

(several options available)

Data Challenges

solving real problems from real clients using real data

Short overview of BSc Data Science

Program and courses

Program content

This joint bachelor brings together the best of two universities; Tilburg University's expertise in Econometrics, Business Administration and Law is combined with Eindhoven University of Technology's expertise in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Both universities add their expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Statistics. You will be taking courses at both universities.

  • In the first year, you are introduced to the various Data Science core fields, like computer science and data analytics. You develop a mathematical base which you will build on during the rest of your studies. You will explore the important area of law and ethics to become a responsible data scientist.  And you will also learn more about the main application domains and the broader social and economic setting of data science developments. Besides that, you complete your first Data Challenge, where you work in groups to analyze real data for real stakeholders.
  • In the second year, you study the legal, mathematical, statistical, technical and business aspects of data research more in-depth. You determine part of your program yourself by selecting elective modules, which allows you to tailor your own program. You will apply all your acquired knowledge and skills in two Data Challenges. 
  • Entrepreneurship plays a greater role in the third year, which features courses such as Start-ups and Business Insights. There is a more extensive choice of electives. You can -for example - choose electives that give you the best preparation for the Master’s program you are planning to take. You complete the Bachelor’s program with a Bachelor's thesis.

Typical courses are:

  • Data Challenges
    Learn how to set up, execute, and evaluate scientifically sound data analyses that are adequate for particular stakeholders (i.e., users, enterprise, and society) using available data sets.
  • Programming
    Learn algorithmic techniques and the principles of code quality and apply these in writing programs and designing algorithms to analyze and visualize large datasets.
  • Statistical computing
    Computational Statistics is the branch of statistics that heavily relies on Computer Science for dealing with very complex challenges. You will learn how you can use computer simulations to predict the outcomes of different strategies in a complex situation.

More on the program and courses

Why this Bachelor's program in Tilburg?

Study Data Science in Tilburg and Eindhoven

  • This joint bachelor brings together the best of two universities; Tilburg University's expertise in Econometrics, Business Administration and Law is combined with Eindhoven University of Technology's expertise in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Both universities add their expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Statistics.

  • Data Science can only be exploited to its fullest potential by approaching it from multiple disciplines simultaneously. This multidisciplinary character makes our data science program unique in its kind.

  • Data science will only be growing in importance, given the staggering growth of data every second of every day, and will give you great career opportunities.

  • A team of professionals is available to help you to get the best out of yourself and your studies, so you are well prepared for your future career.

A short impression of Data Science (video - 2:35 min)

What to expect when coming to Tilburg

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

Are you looking for an additional challenge? Your studies give you ample opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

  • You can also join the program’s study association, D.S.A. Pattern.
  • Ambitious students in this Joint Bachelor’s program are eligible for the honors programs of both universities.
After your Bachelor's

Pursue a Master's degree

Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology’s collaboration in the field of Data Science has led to the creation of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS). JADS offers a joint Master’s program in Data Science and Entrepreneurship. Graduates of the bachelor Data Science can also opt for other Master's programs. Some examples:

Career prospects

Because data science is important in many industries you can be employed in a wide range of companies and nonprofit/governmental institutions. Just some examples:

  • Companies may want to know more about the purchasing behavior of their customers.
  • The police uses big data to detect crime.
  • Health care organizations share global data on rare diseases for research purposes.
  • And data science start-ups develop all kinds of personalized and intelligent apps.

You can either choose to work as a data scientist within a company/organization, or decide to work as a data entrepreneur, running your own data science business.

Application and admission

Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.

Admission requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
  • As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency
  • A good knowledge of mathematics is important for being successful in this Bachelor’s program. In order to be admitted, you must therefore prove that you have sufficient knowledge of mathematics.

You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.

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Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

Tuition fees

When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.

  • Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
  • Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.

More information on the tuition fees and rates

Estimated monthly costs of living

Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 715 and € 1,215 per month.

(Furnished) accommodation € 350 - 750 per month
Foods & Drinks € 200 - 300 per month
Books & Readers € 65 per month
Insurance € 100 per month
Sport membership + € 139.95 per year
Other Bachelor's programs you might like

Related Bachelor's programs

  • In line with using mathematics and statistics to optimize complex processes, and applying your analytical skills to tackle economic, societal, and organizational challenges, Econometrics and Operations Research may be of interest to you.
  • Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence could also be a fit if you are interested in studying how intelligent systems work and in linking this to knowledge about the functioning of the human brain.

Do you want more information on this Bachelor's program?

  • Olivier Spinnler - Data Science


    Bachelor's student

    "When talking to some friends about their universities, I discovered the Bachelor's of Data Science and fell in love with it. After that, it did not take me a long time to decide. Data Science is the future."

  • Ines


    Bachelor's student

    "This program goes beyond technical issues, allowing you to deepen your knowledge in multiple areas, such as legal and management issues, when approaching current topics."

    Ask Ines a question

  • Tobias Klein - Data Science

    Tobias Klein


    "It is becoming increasingly important to base decisions on empirical evidence that is obtained in a systematic and scientifically sound way. Both the knowledge of techniques and the skill to find the right tool and use it in the right way are essential."

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Are you and Data Science a match? If you...

  • have a passion for the interaction between people and technology

  • are ready to become a first mover in interdisciplinary data science education

  • are you good with math

Then this is the program for you!