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Applied Data Science, Master's Programme

Big Data is taking centre stage in all areas—business and industry, public policy, the life sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. People with knowledge of how to process and analyse large amounts of data are becoming increasingly sought after.This full-time on-campus programme consists of courses in applied data science and related subjects. The courses are progressively arranged so that they, within the framework of learning outcomes, contribute separately and jointly to develop your skills and abilities in the field.

About the programme 

Data science is concerned with extracting meaning from large volumes of data. It is a field that has grown rapidly in recent years as a result of the increasing availability of large data sets and the opportunities and challenges that they present. Central topics within data science include data mining, machine learning, databases, and the application of data science methods in natural sciences, life sciences, business, humanities, and social sciences, as well as in industry and society.

Training in the management and analysis of large-scale data

Data science is having a big impact on industry. For some companies, being able to handle and analyse massive data sets is central to their business model. Even for other companies, being able to extract information from data (for example, data about customers) can offer crucial competitive advantages. People with knowledge and skills in data science are therefore in high demand, in Gothenburg and internationally. Similarly, within scientific research, data-intensive scientific discovery is increasingly important in many areas, and researchers need to be able to handle and analyse massive data sets. Thus, providing training in the management and analysis of large-scale data is important in preparing you for further study and research within higher education, research institutes, and industry.

Welcoming students with backgrounds in many different areas

The master’s programme in Applied Data Science is designed to be accessible to students with a wide range of bachelor’s degrees, and a master’s education in applied data science will be of benefit to students with backgrounds in many different areas who recognize that being able to work effectively with large data sets will be important in their future careers. Some previous programming experience is required, and the programme builds on this. The programme gives students an overview of the techniques and technologies that are relevant to data science, an appreciation of when and how they can be used, and practical skills for their application.

Who Should Apply?

The two-year master’s programme in Applied Data Science is an international full-time on-campus programme open to both Swedish and international applicants. The programme is available to students from diverse backgrounds with basic programming skills.

If you have some previous programming experience and recognize that being able to work effectively with large data sets will be important in your future career, then apply to the master’s programme in Applied Data Science.

Programme Structure and Content

This two-year programme includes the following compulsory courses that provide a core within data science:

  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Applied Mathematical Thinking
  • Statistical Methods for Data Science
  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Techniques for Large-Scale Data
  • Research Methods for Data Science
  • Master’s Thesis in Data Science

Applied data science is multidisciplinary by nature, and the programme is designed to allow space for you to create your own profile by choosing optional courses. You can choose courses in areas where data science methods can be applied, or courses in technical areas that feature techniques and technologies that complement those introduced in the programme’s mandatory courses. You are particularly encouraged to supplement the mandatory courses that provide a core in data science with optional second-cycle courses in the area of your bachelor’s degree.

Programme syllabus, Applied Data Science

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme will receive the degree Master of Science in Applied Data Science.

With this programme you will obtain advanced knowledge in applied data science, and once the programme is completed you will be able to either pursue a specialist career in industry or move ahead in academic research.

You will be prepared to work with Big Data in your future career. You will learn about different data science methods, their applicability, and advantages and disadvantages of different techniques. You will have the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the challenges and opportunities that emerge as massive data sets become increasingly available.

Student Interview

From Psychology to Applied Data Science

"The applied data science programme is quite well suited to those from non-traditional backgrounds, personally I have a bachelor’s in psychology from Ireland. I think the course is perfectly suitable to upskill on my existing knowledge and give me the tools to tackle bigger and more interesting problems."

Read the student interview


Find out about entry requirements, selection, and tuition fees in by clicking the link below.

For questions regarding ..

...the application and admission process in Sweden,
please visit universityadmissions.se


...the content of the programme and courses,
please contact Birgit Grohe, Programme manager


...choice of programme, requirements and general questions about university studies,
please contact Ellen-Britta Fernell Foufa, Study counsellor

Page Manager: Simon Ungman Hain|Last update: 10/21/2019

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