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Business Data Science

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A 2-year joint degree Research Master's programme (120 EC) aiming to train future PhD students who will start their doctorate at one of the Schools in Business and Economics of the 3 partner universities: University of Amsterdam (UvA), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Why choose Business Data Science?

  1. The programme has a strong focus on data science at a higher theoretical level than in a traditional Master's programme.
  2. In year 2, students focus on a given business sub-discipline, selecting from among:
    1) finance;
    2) entrepreneurship and innovation;
    3) marketing science;
    4) human resources and organisation;
    5) logistics and supply chain.

    The courses have been carefully selected by a team of experts with the aim of ensuring the perfect learning trajectory in each subfield.
  3. Admissions are highly selective and competitive. A maximum of 30 students are annually admitted to the BDS Research Master's programme. The class-size limit guarantees a high level of interaction in the classroom, detailed feedback, and the support of a strong cohort.
  4. Students who successfully complete the research master Business Data Science are assisted in finding PhD positions at one of the three partner universities.
  5. Embedded in the fervid research culture of three leading universities. You benefit from the expertise and research network of these universities. 

Is Business Data Science for you?

Business Data Science students are typically hard-working, independent, mathematically skilled, creative and inquisitive. They have the ambition to start an academic career.

The programme is very selective. The selection of students is a careful process and includes an interview with the applicant. Selection is based on: 

  1. Previous education and test results: students usually perform in the top 10-20%;
  2. Strong motivation to pursue a PhD;
  3. Recommendation letters to support the application.

Career prospects

The programme prepares students for a PhD trajectory in Business departments at one of the partner schools (EUR, UvA and VU). Students are assisted in finding positions, but the programme cannot guarantee a position for all students. Students who manage to get a PhD position at one of the partner schools are supported in entering the international academic job market through a preparation programme.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Joint degree
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Preliminary training necessary
Starts in August