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Data Science and Society (previously: Data Science: Business and Governance)

1 year English Starts end of August and end of January

Study to become a Data Analyst who is able to provide solutions for societal challenges with the use of complex data sets. Add value to a team, company or organization with a combination of technical skills, knowledge about legal and ethical issues related to data science, and the ability to effectively communicate with professionals and researchers from different disciplines. Specialize in Business, Governance, Media, or Health.

Program and courses

Data Science and Society is a multidisciplinary program that offers you the opportunity to specialize in one of four domains, BusinessGovernanceMedia, or Health. Your specialization will be stated on your Master's diploma.

  • You are trained to identify patterns and gather insights from large and complex datasets.
  • You learn how to translate those insights into actionable solutions and recommendations to meet practical needs in the chosen domain.
  • Besides that, you get acquainted with laws and regulations that are relevant for data science and data scientists, particularly private and public law.
  • Finally, you learn to take ethical issues into account, such as issues regarding privacy, accountability, or human autonomy in decision making.

Typical courses are:

  • Machine Learning
  • Data Mining for Business and Governance
  • Data Science Regulation and Law
  • Data Processing
  • Programming with R

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Career prospects

As a Data Science and Society graduate you have the ability to create data driven solutions for questions that come from society, businesses and organizations. You are well-equipped to perform the role of a strategy consultant, as well as to serve as a linking-pin between management and technical staff. Not only are you able to identify opportunities that big data and related emerging technologies offer, you are also aware of the risks.

With the programming, data processing, data analytics and data visualization skills you have developed and your hands-on experience in working with complex data sets, you also qualify for data analytics jobs.

Graduates work or start for example as:

  • Data Analyst at companies / organizations like Eneco, Achmea, and CBS
  • Data Science & Business Intelligence Consultant at Incentro
  • Data Scientist at companies / organizations like ABN Amro Bank N.V., Microsoft, and Data Science Lab
  • Data Manager at Van den Bosch Transporten
  • Business Intelligence Analyst at Houthoff (previously Houthoff Buruma)
  • SEA specialist at Tripaneer

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Application and admission

This Master's program starts:

End of August and End of January (both the Master’s and the Pre-Master’s program)

Best preparatory programs:

A Bachelor's degree in one of the following domains:

  • Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology; Sociology; Human Resource Management; Organizational Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Humanities (e.g., Communication and Information Sciences; Linguistics, Communication Sciences)
  • Law (e.g., Global Law; Politics, Law & Economics; Public Administration)
  • Economics & Business (e.g., Economics and Computer Science; Business Informatics; International Business Administration; Economics; Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Pre-Master's program

Available for both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

Tuition fees and scholarships

Please check the information about the tuition fees and the scholarships available for international students.

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