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Master Information Studies: Data Science (track)

Application and admission

For applicants with Dutch prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with Dutch prior education


Contact details Education Desk

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the Education Desk.

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.

    Start your application procedure on time

    Registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Therefore, we strongly recommend to start the application procedure at least a week before the deadline.


    Starting in September

    30 April 23.59 CEST

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship 

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

    Read more about UvA Scholarships

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    The track Data Science is open to applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree, and an affinity for data and technology. Students from various disciplines are eligible, such as:

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Business Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Information Science
    • Information Studies
    • Media Studies
    • Psychology

    Required knowledge and skills

    Students that enter our Master's programme need to possess the knowledge and skills based on formal courses on the topics that are listed below.

    Programming skills (12 EC)

    Good programming skills in any language, preferably Python.
    Good understanding of the basics of computing, algorithms, and data structures.

    Students must be able to:

    • Collect and read in datasets in various formats and write scripts to do basic data pre-processing
    • Take an algorithm of moderate complexity described in pseudo-code and programme it in one or more programming languages
    • Write scripts for applying basic machine learning, statistics, and visualisation on the basis of a library with tools

    Statistics (6 EC)

    Good understanding of the following topics:

    • Random variables, basic distributions such as the normal and binomial distributions, expectations, mean and variance;
    • Multiple regression, correlation, and hypothesis testing.

    Students must be able to:

    • Calculate a confidence interval for the expectation on the basis of outcomes of an experiment  do multiple regression in an appropriate tool and interpret the outcomes such as R^2
    • Do calculations with the distribution function of for example binomial random variable

    Data Modelling (12 EC)

    Data bases, knowledge representation, ER modelling and domain modelling.

    Assignment for all applicants 

    All applicants for the Data Science track are advised to complete an assignment to check their programming experience and statistical background before they apply. The assignment is a good representation of the level of knowledge expected at the start of the Master's programme. More information on the assignment can be found here:

    Assignment Data Science

    Pre-Master's programme

    If you are a Bachelor graduate from a University of Applied Sciences (in Dutch hbo) or you don't have the required knowledge and skills, you will have to follow one or two pre-Master's e-modules before starting the Master's programme in order to cover your deficiencies as decided by the admissions Board.

    Please note that the pre-Master’s courses will not provide you with the required skills in programming and statistics, which are listed above.

    Read more about the pre-Master's programme

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink (PDF)

    Important! While selecting the Master’s programme of your interest in Studielink, make sure to select the regular programme (option 1). Do not select option 2 (after a temporary termination of enrolment) or option 3 (elective) if you are a degree seeking student. You can select the track of your interest later on in DataNose.


  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.

    Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of all academic transcripts into one PDF.

    In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:

    1.  A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2.  Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3.  A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript
    4.  A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have  not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    5.  A description of your Bachelor thesis/project


    Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can't add any documents after submitting. Only your English scores can be sent in later.
    If you have any questions about the required documents as a student with a Dutch degree, please contact the Education Desk.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8).  You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the Education Desk.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.

  • 9. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. After admission, you will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.