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Information Studies: Data Science (track)
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Pre-Master's programme

If you are a Bachelor graduate from a University of Applied Sciences (in Dutch hbo) or the Admissions Board has determined that you lack some knowledge and skills based on your Master's application, the Admission Board might require you to participate in the pre-Master's programme before you can start the Master's programme.

Are you eligible for the pre-Master’s programme?

To find out if you need to take the pre-Master's programme, you must apply for the Master’s programme Information Studies. The Admissions Board will review your application and will inform you if the pre-Master's programme is needed. If so, they will advise you which e-module(s) you need to complete before you can start the Master's programme. 

Please note: You can't apply directly for the pre-Master's programme! 

When you have received the advice from the Admissions Board, you will need to confirm your participation in the pre-Master’s programme as soon as possible but at least within 2 weeks. After you have paid for the e-modules, you will receive your personal login for our e-learning system.

If you are a student with a nationality from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland, we strongly advise you to submit your complete application for the Master’s programme Information Studies before 15 November. Should you have to follow the pre-Master’s programme, you will then be able to finish in time in order to start the Master’s programme in September.

Pre-Master’s programme

The Information Studies pre-Master’s programme contains three different e-modules, Academic Skills, Programming for Data Science and Information Modelling. Your programme consists of one or multiple e-modules, depending on the advice of the Admissions Board.

The e-modules are taught and examined in a e-learning system in 3 predefined periods of 7 weeks, from which you cannot deviate. You can choose in which period you want to do the pre-Master’s programme as it is designed in such a way that you should be able to start the Master’s programme in September.

Students from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland who need to apply for a visa and a residence permit are strongly advised to follow the pre-Master’s programme in period 1. After this period we cannot guarantee that you can start the Master’s programme in September.

  • Academic Skills

    The e-module Academic Skills offers an introduction in the basics of the academic way of thinking. The course focuses on academic research, the basic assumptions of the researcher, the methods used and the way of reporting the results of the research. An important part of the course is dedicated to statistics as it is the foundation of quantitative research.

    The course is composed of the following 3 learning sections:
    1.    Basic Statistics          
    2.    Academic Research
    3.    Writing Assignments             

    Average necessary time investment: 150 hours
    The time investment is the average number of hours spent on the course. The actual number of hours depends on your background and already obtained knowledge and skills. This varies per student.

  • Programming for Data Science

    The e-module ’Programming for Data Science’ incorporates many of the core concepts of machine learning, knowledge representation, and their use on the web. It is essential in your preparation for the Master’s programme Information Studies. 
    The course consists of two parts:
    •    Basics of programming with Python
    •    Introduction to Scientific programming using Pandas
    Students are expected to have a basic knowledge/skills of programming languages.

    Average necessary time investment: 150 hours
    The time investment is the average number of hours spent on the course. The actual number of hours depends on your background and already obtained knowledge and skills. This varies per student.

  • Information Modelling

    1.    Math Basics (Logarithms, Differentiations, Integrations)
    2.    Machine Learning (Linear Regression, Classification, Clustering)
    3.    Knowledge Systems (Syntax, Semantics, Data, Information, Knowledge)
    4.    Semantic Web Technologies (Data Models, RDF, SPARQL queries)

    Average necessary time investment: 150 hours
    The time investment is the average number of hours spent on the course. The actual number of hours depends on your background and already obtained knowledge and skills. This varies per student.

What can you expect in a e-module?

The set up of the e-modules is very similar to a regular course in the Master’s programme Information Studies. Each e-module consists of articles, video lectures, exercises and assignments that you need to hand in and an exam at the end of the e-module. The e-module is divided into several sections which all end with a quiz. You must pass the quiz to continue to the next section. A moderator is available for questions and guidance and organises weekly mandatory online meetings so you can  exchange ideas with the other students. 

Costs 

Each e-module costs 225 euro, including enrolment costs, exam and one resit. After confirmation of your enrolment, we will send you a contract and invoice for the tuition fee. Please note: students who need to apply for a visa and residence permit need to make sure that they have finalised the pre-Master’s programme before the application deadline of said visa and residence permit.

Deadline for the e-modules

All students must have completed all e-modules before 1 September, in order to start with the Master’s programme. 

Each exam has one free resit on a fixed date. If you do not pass the resit either, there will be no further possibility to finish the pre-Master’s and there will be no refund.

How to enrol for the pre-Master’s

  • Apply for the Information Studies’ Master’s programme in Studielink and DataNose.
  • Based on your experience and knowledge level the Admissions Board will determine if you need to follow the pre-Master's programme. If so, you will be invited automatically to do so. Confirm your participation as soon as possible.
  • After confirmation of your enrolment, you will receive a contract and an invoice for the tuition fee. We require a confirmation of the payment before the start of the e-module
  • After you’ve paid for the e-module, you will receive your personal login for our e-learning system
  • You will receive a detailed explanation of the study and exam procedure at the start of the e-module.

Contact

For questions concerning the pre-Master's programme you can contact the pre-Master's coordinator at premaster-is-science@uva.nl.

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