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Amsterdam Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Data Science is discovering hidden patterns in large amounts of data, using computers, brain power and the wealth of data. Many innovations heavily rely on Data Science: self-driving cars; targeted advertising; sports analytics; recommendation engines.

In this minor, you will learn to carry out a data science project from beginning to end. That involves: asking the right (research) question(s), data collection and cleaning, data management and organisation, modelling, communication and visualisation, and implementation of your findings. This minor will give you excellent job prospects. Searching for 'Data Science' on LinkedIn today will give you about 1,000 job hits in the Amsterdam Metropolitan area.

Transition to a Master

The minor will make you conditionally eligible for the Digital Business track of our Master's programme in Business Administration. In this track you will learn how to apply data science in a commercial/business context.

Information session

On Tuesday 26 april the minor coordinator, prof. dr. Marc Salomon, will host an information session about this minor including a Q&A. The information session will take place on 26 April at 16:00 at the Roeterseilandcampus in E0.09. You also have the opportunity to attend online. If you want to attend, please register online before 24 April 23:59.


The minor consists of 30 EC and can be completed in 1 semester.

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  • Data Wrangling
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  • Databases & Data Visualisation
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  • Machine Learning
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  • Privacy Law and Ethics
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  • Text Retrieval and Mining
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Find detailed course descriptions in the Course Catalogue (updated in June)

Entry requirements

  • You must have successfully completed your first year (60 EC) of a Bachelor’s programme at a research university (WO).
  • Students taking this minor typically follow a strongly quantitative Bachelor's programme in for example  Business, Communication Sciences, Psychology or STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
  • The minor is also open to other students, provided they have an affinity with quantitative methods.
  • This minor is not available for students of the UvA Bachelor's programme in Actuarial Science, Business Analytics and Econometrics.

Required prior knowledge

The minor Amsterdam Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is for many a difficult programme. You are required to have basic knowledge of Python and Statistics. Self-study before starting the minor will be required in case of deficiencies in:

  • Python
  • Econometrics and Statistics

The links to the e-modules of these topics will be published in the Course Catalogue.

Application and Admission

Application for this minor starts Tuesday 9 May at 10:00 AM. The link to the application form will be published on this website. For this minor we make use of random selection. 

Please note that you can only apply for one minor at the Faculty of Economics and Business. All other applications at our Faculty will not be taken into consideration.  

What do you need to apply? 

All students:  

  • a short motivation to be copied in the application form. 

Non-UvA students: 

  • Sign up as an elective student (bijvak student) for the Bachelor's programme in Business Administration in Studielink before 7 May. Important: make sure that your start date is 01 September 2023. You will not be able to sign up for the minor without an enrolment.
  • a signed and stamped transcript of your study results so far. 

More info and contact

For more general information about applying for and taking a minor, visit the student website about minors at UvA Economics and Business. Or you can contact the Education Desk.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS, 5 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September