Utrecht University

Applied Data Science Postgraduate, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English
Utrecht's University Applied Data Science Postgraduate programme trains you to be an expert in current and upcoming data science methods and techniques. You will be doing the full cycle of knowledge discovery research, both by following relevant courses and doing a research project.


Utrecht's University Applied Data Science Postgraduate programme is for those who have a strong interest in, and affinity for, performing application-oriented research and the implementation of data science in the field of health. The programme enables you to apply state-of-the-art scientific concepts and techniques in the growing field of data analytics. You will prepare and organize data analytics in health care projects and contribute to innovation in the field of data science.

There is a big demand for applied data scientists in all disciplines in society, where data is being used for research, decision-making and customer interaction. Data scientist is even being refered to as ‘the sexiest job of the 21st century’.

Why You Should Join Our Master's Programme?

  • This is the first postgraduate Master’s programme in the Netherlands that does not focus mainly on business analytics, but on the application of data science in the field of health. A fast growing area in which data are quickly becoming increasingly important.
  • Applied Data Science provides for an active data science community in which students, researchers, and data scientists from a range of companies will regularly meet and cooperate. You get a chance to join the frontrunners in a growing field.
  • It directly leverages the top research between three UU faculties: the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Good career prospects. There is a growing demand for data specialists since data is increasingly important in many branches of economy.

Data is increasingly important in many branches of economy, and hence there is growing demand for data specialists. Common functions that can be fulfilled by the students of the MSc ADS are:

  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Data architect
  • Data engineer
  • Data manager
  • Information specialist
  • Consultant
  • Leader in data intensive industries
  • Entrepreneur in Big Data or Business Analytics


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Data Science & Society 
  • Computational Thinking 
  • Data Analytics & Visualisation 
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you need to apply for a visa, you should submit your application before April 1.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

This is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Applied Data Science Postgraduate if you hold a Master’s degree of Utrecht University and can demonstrate:

  • General knowledge about health and diseases, and overview knowledge of the most relevant historical and recent development in the biomedical sciences.
  • Sufficient knowledge of statistics, comparable to the level acquired during the Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s course ’Statistics and Epidemiology’.
  • Familiarity with working with data, as in designing or building databases, data management or doing data analytics. 
  • Relevant working experience.
  • Sufficient study progress and results obtained during the Master’s degree, including your grade point average, marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities.
  • Being able to work independently and to plan properly.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18182 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27273 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    18182 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27273 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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