Data science is a newer field within various industries—businesses from retail to service providers rely on interpretable and usable data to develop strategies and streamline processes to improve their overall business model.

Amsterdam Data Science

To capitalise on Amsterdam’s unique position as an educational centre and data powerhouse, the City has established Amsterdam Data Science (ADS), which supports various data science programmes at the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Analytics Academy.

Effective collaboration between these universities allows students to follow bachelor’s, master’s, PhD and postgraduate programmes in data science fields while taking advantage of the organisation’s facilities and network. Because of the partnerships between the universities and the ADS initiative, Amsterdam can offer one of the largest and most diverse offerings of data science education in Europe.

Networking and Startup Support

In addition to the degree programmes and university partnerships, ADS welcomes students into its vast network of top researchers and data science companies in Amsterdam. Students get instant access to seminars and exclusive events, as well as contacts—and potential employers—within international finance, healthcare and publishing companies.

Students have the opportunity to dive into data in the real world, and even get started on their own business with the support of the ACE Venture Lab.

Joint Programmes

Working with ADS, UvA and VU have collaborated with each other to offer specialised degree programmes for students who want to get the most of out their data science education.

The one-year Master’s of Information Studies with a specialisation in Data Science programme brings together the expertise of researchers and in-depth examination of data science tools and theories.

The Master in Computer Science degree programme, a technologically- and data-driven discipline that is delivered under the tutelage of renowned scientists, is available in six distinct tracks:

  • Big Data Engineering
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Foundations of Computing and Concurrency
  • Internet and Web Technology
  • Parallel Computing Systems
  • Software Engineering and Green IT

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

At UvA, one of the oldest and most respected research-led universities in the Netherlands, students are offered a number of data science programmes to work towards bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


Bachelor’s

  • Information Sciences
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Medical Informatics
  • Computer Science

Master’s

  • Information Studies: Business Information Systems, Game Studies, Human-Centred Multimedia specialisations
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems & Software Engineering
  • Logic
  • Life Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Econometrics: Financial Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Big Data Business Analytics specialisations
  • Artificial Intelligence

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Public research university VU offers a wide variety of programmes at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, with hand-on research and instruction from leading data scientists.


Bachelor’s

  • Computer Science
  • Information, Multimedia and Management
  • Lifestyle Informatics
  • Science, Business & Innovation
  • Business Analytics

Master’s

  • Artificial Intelligence, Socially Aware Computing or Cognitive Science specialisations
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Business Analytics
  • Information Sciences

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)

Undergraduate students can follow a full four-year bachelor’s programme at HvA, concentrating on engineering and information technology with practical, actionable education.

  • Logistics Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems and Network Engineering
  • Game Development
  • Business IT & Management
  • Engineering, Design & Innovation
  • Product Design
  • Communication and Multimedia Design

The Analytics Academy

Professionals already in the workforce can brush up on their data science knowledge at the Analytics Academy, a collaboration between Amsterdam Business School, ORTEC and ADS. Three courses, ranging from just two days to six weeks, are available to help managers understand and begin to utilise data in more efficient way.

Learn more about the various data science programmes at the bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate levels at Amsterdam Data Science.