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The program intends to build Data Scientists whose solid technical background is complemented by a multidisciplinary preparation on various fields in which big data emerge. Highly required by Industries, Consulting Companies and Public Institutions, Data Scientists design and implement the analysis of big data, and provide managers and stakeholders with a clear account of their results. Graduates will be able to master tools coming from Engineering, Computer Sciences, Statistics and Mathematics for collecting, managing and analyzing big data, and to translate their work into highly valuable information.

Course structure

First year

I semester

  • Fundamentals of Information Systems (12CFU)
  • Stochastic Methods (6 CFU).
  • Statistical Learning (part I) (6 CFU).
  • Cognitive, Behavioral and Social Data (6 CFU).

II semester

  • Algorithmic Methods and Machine Learning (12CFU)
  • Optimization for Data Science (6 CFU)
  • Statistical Learning (part II) (6 CFU)
  • Elective course (6 CFU)

Second year

I semester

  • Business Economic and Financial Data (6 CFU)
  • Biological data (6 CFU)
  • Elective course (6 CFU)
  • Elective course (6 CFU)
  • Elective course (6 CFU)

II semester

  • Stage and final exam (30 CFU)

List of elective courses

All courses are credited with 6 CFU

  • Game Theory. I semester
  • Introduction to Omic Disciplines. I semester
  • Mathematical models and numerical methods for big data, I semester
  • Computational Marketing. I semester
  • Law and Data. I semester
  • Computer and Network Security, I semester
  • Process Mining. I semester
  • Bioinformatics, I semester
  • Methods and Models for Combinatorial Optimization, I semester
  • Biology and Physiology, I semester
  • Human Computer Interaction, I semester
  • Network Science, I semester
  • Knowledge and Data Mining. II semester
  • Human Data Analytics. II semester
  • Big Data Computing, II semester
  • Structural Bioinformatics, II semester
  • Cognitive services, II semester
  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, II semester

Career opportunities

Graduates will have job opportunities in Italy and abroad in

  • internet companies, consulting companies
  • startups and high tech industries
  • public administrations
  • research centers.

Scholarships and Fee Waivers

The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organisations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. Below is a list of the funding opportunities that are most often used by international students in Padova.

You can find more information below and on our website here: http://www.unipd.it/en/studying-padova/funding-and-fees/scholarships

You can find more information on fee waivers here: http://www.unipd.it/en/fee-waivers


Visit the Data Science (MSc) page on the University of Padova website for more details!

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