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MSc in Data Science


Course Description

Learning how to turn real-world data sets into tools and useful insights, with the help of software and algorithms.

Data plays a role in almost every scientific discipline, business industry or social organisation. Medical scientists sequence human genomes, astronomers generate terabytes of data per hour with huge telescopes and the police employ seismology-like data models that predict where crimes will occur. And of course, businesses like Google and Amazon are shifting user preference data to fulfil desires we don’t even know we have. There is therefore an urgent need for data scientists in whole array of fields. In the Master’s specialisation in Data Science you’ll learn how to turn data into knowledge with the help of computers and how to translate that knowledge into solutions.

Although this Master’s is an excellent stepping-stone for students with ambitions in research, most of our graduates work as data consultants and data analysts for commercial companies and governmental organisations.

Why study Data Science at Radboud University?

- This specialisation builds on the strong international reputation of the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) in areas such as machine learning, probabilistic modelling, and information retrieval.
- We’re leading in research on legal and privacy aspects of data science and on the impact of data science on society and policy.
- Our approach is pragmatic as well as theoretical. As an academic, we don’t just expect you to understand and make use of the appropriate tools, but also to program and develop your own.
- Because of its relevance to all kinds of different disciplines, we offer our students the chance to take related courses at other departments like at language studies (information retrieval and natural language processing), artificial intelligence (machine learning for cognitive neuroscience), chemistry (pattern recognition and chemometrics) and biophysics (machine learning and optimal control).
- The job opportunities are excellent: some of our students get offered jobs before they’ve even graduated and almost all of our graduates have positions within six months after graduating.
- Exceptional students who choose this specialisation have the opportunity to study for a double degree in Computing Science together with the specialisation in Web and Language Interaction (Artificial Intelligence). This will take three instead of two years.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/datascience

Admission requirements for international students

- A proficiency in English
In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- TOEFL score of >550 (paper based) or >213 (computer based) or >80 (internet based)
- IELTS score of >6.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher

Career prospects

A professional data scientist has fine problem-solving, analytical, programming, and communication skills. He or she applies those skills to analyse a problem in the light of the available real-world data:
- To come up with a creative and useful solution.
- To find or program the right tool to turn the data into knowledge.
- To communicate the obtained findings to others.

By combining data, computing power and human intellect, data scientists can make a real difference to help and improve our society.

The job perspective for our graduates is excellent. Industry desperately needs data science specialists at an academic level, and thus our graduates have no difficulty in find an interesting and challenging job. A few of our graduates decide to go for a PhD and stay at the university, but most of our students go for a career in industry. They then typically either find a job at a larger company as consultant or data analysis, or start up their own company in data analytics.

Examples of companies where our graduates end up include SMEs like Orikami, Media11 and FlexOne, and multinationals like ING Bank, Philips, ASML, Capgemini, Booking.com and perhaps even Google.

Our approach to this field

Data nowadays plays a role in almost every scientific discipline as well as industry and is rapidly becoming a key driver of scientific discoveries, business innovation, and solutions for societal challenges such as better healthcare. Medical scientists are sequencing and analysing human genomes to uncover clues to infections, cancer, and other diseases. With huge telescopes, astronomers generate terabytes of data per hour to study the formation of galaxies and the evolution of quasars. Businesses like Google and Amazon are sifting social networking and user preference data to fulfill desires we don't even know we have. Police employing seismology-like data models can predict where crimes will occur and prevent them from happening.

It is then with good reason that data science has been called the sexiest job of the 21st century. Many companies complain about the difficulty to find skilled data scientists and predict this to be even harder in the future. A professional data scientist has fine problem-solving, analytical, programming, and communication skills. He or she applies those skills to analyse a problem in the light of the available real-world data, to come up with a creative and useful solution, to find or program the right tool to turn the data into knowledge, and to communicate the obtained findings to others. By combining data, computing power and human intellect, data scientists can make a real difference to help and improve our society.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/datascience

Visit the MSc in Data Science page on the Radboud University website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Willem and Frank

Frank: "I wasn't entirely sure whether I wanted to carry on studying. I generally prefer practical work, but my curiosity got the better of me. I registered at the university and gave myself six months to see if this was for me. After this period, I decided to stay on and I gradually felt more and more at home. Computing Science is such an exciting subject - it's constantly evolving."

Willem had completed two internships during his four years of study, but he felt that he was not ready to start working full-time yet. "The Master's programme is great. It's so different from what we did before. There's a lot of freedom here, everything is small-scale and it's easy to interact with the professors. Most of the courses are not standard, and some of the professors even change the content of their courses halfway through if they notice that the students' interest is moving in a different direction." Frank: "They encourage us to get off the beaten track, both in education and in research. In fact, it's basically up to you to decide what to do."

For their Master's research, Frank and Willem started working on the static structure of the Internet. "With research you never know where it will lead," says Frank. "I ended up focusing on web communities and the way in which you can see which sites belong together on the basis of their structure. I analyse these clusters and monitor them, in order to see how they evolve. This could be of interest to advertisers, for example."

Willem took a different path. He looked at optimising interest in websites. "When people position their site on the Web, they want to know where it will generate most interest. I devised a way of ranking this interest, so that people can optimise their location and thus optimise the volume of traffic to their site. Initially, I didn't expect that my research would attract so much attention. But, when I submitted an article based on my Master's thesis to the International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval, which was organised by Microsoft Research and Cambridge University, it was accepted. Microsoft and co-sponsor Yahoo are now very interested in my work. It's great when your ideas catch on, and you get serious interest from some of the biggest companies in the world."


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Radboud Scholarship Programme - 20+ Awards

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Master's degree programme at Radboud University. You must have finalized your request for admission via our online application system OSIRIS Incoming Students before 1 April.The scholarship is not paid in money but instead covers the additional non-EEA expenses.
For example: a grant holder in 2017/2018 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,006, instead of €9,432 or €10,360. In addition the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as those for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance. This amounts to about €725.Each year about 30 Radboud Scholarships are awarded to selected talented non-EEA students for the duration of one of the Master's degree programmes *Learn more about other applicable scholarship programmes on the website of Radboud University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.Selection criteria:1. talent: this means that you must have outstanding study results in your present field of study;
2. expected to be a promising students in your desired field of study at Radboud University;
3. proven academic quality and good results of your prior education for example through grades, test scores, publications.
4. quality of the recommendations in the two letters of recommendation;
5. motivation: based on your motivation letter.

Application Procedure

The application for admission and the application for the scholarship is fully integrated, there is no separate procedure for the scholarship. You apply for a Radboud Scholarship by indicating during your application for admission that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two recommendation letters and a curriculum vitae.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/rsp


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Fullbright-Radboud Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Fulbright Center, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships to excellent American students for study and research purposes at graduate and PhD levels at Radboud University Nijmegen. The Fulbright Center's mission is to promote mutual understanding between Dutch and American citizens by providing financial assistance for study, research and teaching. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of €1050. International travel will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately €350) will be covered as well. An extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival, and can be used to cover the cost of the tuition fee or the costs of settling in. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per program.
Application for 2016-2017 opens on 1 May 2016 and closes on 13 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

12 monthly instalments of €1050 + extra allowance for travel and additional costs

Eligibility

For American students.
The Fulbright Centre, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships for talented American students to study at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

For more information please see the Fulbright website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/masters/fulbright


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Brazil Programme - 10 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Brazilians to follow a study programme at Master's level.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Brazil is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Brazil's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/brazil


(Scholarship)

Orange Tulip Scholarship - Mexico Programme - 5 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Mexicans to follow a study programme at Master's level. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Mexican students who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Mexico is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso OTS Mexico website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/mexico


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Indonesia Programme - 6 Awards

For Indonesian students, Radboud University offers one Orange Tulip Scholarships which are available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Indonesian students who study at a Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia is 1 April.You can find more information about the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia, and how to apply, on the Nuffic Neso Indonesia website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/indonesia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - China Programme - 6 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship programme (OTS) was launched by Nuffic Neso China in 2008. The success of the programme relies on the support from not only the Dutch academic sector, but also the Dutch business sector in China. The purpose of this initiative is to offer valuable study opportunities for young Chinese talents to study in the Netherlands through joint contributions from the Dutch higher education institutions and China-based Dutch companies.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Orange Tulip Scholarship China programme is only open to qualified students from Mainland China who study at a Master's level at Radbout University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship China is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/china


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Korea Programme - 3 Awards

Nuffic Neso South-Korea launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) in January 2010 to provide opportunities for talented Korean students to study in Holland. The scholarship is available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Korean students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship South Korea is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/korea


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Russia Programme - 8 Awards

For the first time, Nuffic Neso Russia has launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS), a special programme for talented Russian students to study in Holland. It is available for all English-taught Master's programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2016/2017). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Russian students, Radboud University offers eight Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Russia is 1 April. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must have already applied for a Master's programme at Radboud University. In order to receive the scholarship, you must be admitted to a Master's programme.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/russia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Vietnam Programme - 3 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme gives excellent students coming from one of these countries the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University participates in the OTS programme with several benefits for international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Vietnamese students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Vietnam is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Vietnam's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/vietnam


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The Holland Scholarship Programme - 12 Awards

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University. The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS and amount to € 5,000.-

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarship amounts to £ 3.700

Eligibility

The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS.

Application Procedure

You can apply for the Holland Scholarship at Radboud University when you apply for a Master's programme in Osiris. That means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.
The application deadline is 1 February. If not all scholarships will be given out, the second deadline is 1 May.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/holland-scholarship



Entry Requirements

A Dutch Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a researchuniversity) in Computing Science or equivalent. If there aregaps in your knowledge, you will follow an individuallytailored modular programme.This will be worth a max of 30 EC.• Non-nativespeakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree orVWO diploma need one of the following: a TOEFL scoreof at least 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based), or90 (internet-based); an IELTS score of 6.5; a CambridgeCertificate in Advanced English (CAE) or a Certificate ofProficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

Course Fees

€2,006 (from EEA countries); €10360 (from non-EEA countries)


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