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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 conditionally eligible for a UvA Master's programme:


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. Please note that the content of the courses may be subject to change. The new course catalogue 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, except voor students of the Bachelor's programma in Business Analytics.

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

On 15 April the application form was available for a short time before a system overload forced us to stop the applications. Before the overload, we received an overwhelming amount of applications for this minor, which means the minor is at capacity. This means the minor is now full.

We know that many of you are disappointed that you missed out and we’re sorry that we cannot offer more students a spot in this minor.

Waiting list

You can add your name to the waiting list by filling out the online form. When spots become available, the minor coordinator has decided to use a randomization tool to select a student from the waiting list. You will be contacted via email if you are selected.

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.

Feiten & cijfers
Vorm Voltijd
Studielast 30 EC, 5 maanden
Voertaal Engels
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