NEW Amsterdam Data Science Minor

May 23, 2017

Sign-up NOW for the new Amsterdam Data Science Minor

What is Data Science?

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; Analysing text, images and human behaviour for businesses; 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.

Your Future:

This Minor will give you access to both UvA and VU Master programmes:

Information Studies: The ‘Data Science’ track 
teaches you to apply Data Science in a wide 
range of areas.

Business Administration: The ‘Digital Business’ 
track teaches you to apply Data Science in a commercial/business context (additional requirements also apply).

This Minor will give you excellent job prospects. McKinsey have projected a shortfall of 190,000 Data Scientists by 2018!

Entry requirements:

Successful completion of the first year of a Bachelor is required for participation in this Minor. In addition, the following knowledge is assumed: Basic Python & Statistics knowledge (if this is lacking self-study is required).

Students taking this Minor typically follow
a Bachelor in: Actuarial Sciences, Business, Communication Sciences, Econometrics, Economics, Psychology, STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The Minor is also open to other students, provided they have an affinity with quantitative methods.


The Minor is comprised of the following courses (more information in the course catalogue):

  • Databases & Data Visualisation;
  • Data Structures with Python;
  • Data Wrangling (for Econometrics students and those with a solid statistics background) or Statistics & Econometrics;
  • Ethics & Law;
  • Machine Learning;
  • Text Retrieval & Mining.

Further information: 


The Minor is part of the Amsterdam School of Data Science, an initiative of Amsterdam Data Science, which organises Meet-ups also open to students:

In brief:

  • Name: Amsterdam Data Science
  • Minor Credits: 30 EC
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Start: September 2017
  • Language: English
  • Entry requirements: See section
  • Minimum: 30 students; Maximum: 75