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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.

What will you learn 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. McKinsey have projected a shortfall of 190,000 Data Scientists by 2018!

Transition to a Master

The minor will make you eligible for a UvA Master's programmes:


The minor consists of 30 EC and can be completed in one semester. It includes the following courses:

  • Algorithms and Data Structures in Python (6 EC, period 1)*
  • Data Wrangling (6 EC period 1)
  • Databases & Data Visualisation  (6 EC, period 2)
  • Machine Learning  (6 EC, period 2)
  • Privacy Law and Ethics (3 EC, period 3)
  • Text Retrieval and Mining (3 EC, period 3)

*Students from FNWI – Informatiekunde can replace this course with either "Zoekmachines" or "Problemsolving and Search".

You can find the programme and detailed course descriptions of the current academic year in the Course Catalogue. In the 2019-2020 academic year there may be be some changes in the curriculum.

The catalogue for 2019-2020 containing the final programme will be published in the beginning of 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 Bachelor's programme in: Actuarial Sciences, Business, Communication Sciences, Econometrics, Economics, 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 open to students of UvA Economics and Business

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 2019-2020 Course Catalogue.

Application and Admission

Due to the large interest in the Amsterdam Data Science and Artificial Intelligence minor, there are no more spots available at the moment. Taking into account the extensive waitlist, the minor application for the academic year 2019/2020 is closed.

We recommend you to visit the minor website for an overview of all other minors available at the UvA. In addition, we advise you to contact your study advisers to discuss your study programme.

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.

Amsterdam Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Vorm Voltijd
Studielast 30 EC, 5 maanden
Voertaal Engels
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