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Structure of the Master Specialisation Data Science

The list below illustrates the basic organization of the 120 EC Data science master specialisation,[1] which consists of the following components:

  • Specialisation basis (18 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (24 EC)
  • Specialisation specific research seminar (6 EC)
  • Computer science and Society (philosophy course) (3 EC)
  • Research internship (15 EC)
  • Master electives (18 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • Master thesis project (30 EC)

The total amount of EC's of this programme should be at least 120 EC.

The components are further refined as follows:

Specialisation basis (mandatory courses) (18 EC):

Specialisation electives (24 EC):
to be chosen from the courses below:

Data Science Theory and Tools

Data Science Applications

Data Science Aspects

Specialisation specific research seminar (6 EC)

Computer science and Society (philosophy course) (3 EC)

Research internship (15 EC)
See this page for additional information

Master electives (18 EC)
To be chosen from master courses offered by the master Computing Science or Artificial Intelligence, provided that there is no overlap with other courses of the programme.[2] Master courses from other programmes are subject to approval by the Examining Board.

Free electives (6 EC)
To be chosen from courses offered by Radboud University, but overlap with other courses is not allowed. Should be approved by the Examining Board.

Final thesis (30 EC): MSc-project.
The final thesis is scheduled in the last semester. The MSc project is finished by writing a Master's thesis. Generally speaking, students will do their Master's project under the supervision of a member of staff of their own university. However, students may, after consulting a local supervisor, choose to do a Master's project at another site, or an external project at a company or abroad.


[1] The programme described here is the research specialisation Data Science. Students who are more interested in taking a more applied and/or management related angle may have a look at the societal specialisations Science, Management and Innovation or Science in Society, which can also be taken with a Data Science programme (see the master-specific requirements for Computing Science at the bottom of these respective pages).
[2] The Examination Board can also approve the inclusion a maximum of 6 EC of Bachelor’s courses in the elective space, provided that (a) the course was not taken by the student as part of their bachelor or pre-master programme; (b) the student is able to motivate this choice, and (c) the Bachelor’s courses have a thematic coherency with the other courses in the elective space.