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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.


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

  • Algorithms and Data Structures in Python
    Period 1
  • Data Wrangling
    Period 1
  • Databases & Data Visualisation
    Period 2
  • Machine Learning
    Period 2
  • Privacy Law and Ethics
    Period 3
  • Text Retrieval and Mining
    Period 3
Find detailed course descriptions in the Course Catalogue (updated in June)

Entry requirements

  • When applying for the minor, it is necessary to 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 Administration, 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 programmes in Actuarial Science, Business Analytics, Econometrics and Data Science.
  • This minor is also not available for students of the UvA Bachelor programme Economics and Business Economics, specialisation Finance, and specialisation Organisational Economics.

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

You will receive an invitation to the e-modules of these topics in the summer period, and after admission.

Application and Admission

At this moment you are unable to apply for the minor. The minor application opens between 30 April 10:00 AM until 2 May 12:00 PM. You will find a link to the application form on this page.

Important Dates and selection process

Due to the high demand for this minor, we make use of random selection. You can apply for this minor at any time between 30 April 2024 10:00 AM and 2 May 2024 12:00 PM. The timing of your application within this period does not affect your chances of selection.

Please note that you can only be admitted to one minor at UvA Economics and Business at a time. However, you can apply for a maximum of two minors. A potential second choice will only be taken into consideration if you are not selected for the minor you applied for first.  

What do you need to apply?

Non UvA-students

  • Sign up as an elective student (bijvak student) for the Bachelor's programme in Business Administration in Studielink with a start date of 1 September 2024. Important: You need timely enrolment and an active UvA-account, to access the application form. It is advised this before 10 May.
  • a signed and stamped transcript of your study results so far;
  • Motivation letter.

UvA students

  • Motivation letter.

After admission: register for courses

After being admitted to the minor, you need to register for the individual courses of the minor. The course registration period for the first semester will take place on the following dates:

  • 10 June until 17 June 13:00;

All information about course registration will be included in the email you receive after you are admitted to the minor. All minor students have a guaranteed spot for a course, if you register for the courses on time.

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. (make sure to choose an UvA Economics and Business programme to see the correct information).

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS, 5 months
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