Top 25 Master's Programs for Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & Business Analytics in Europe
Several college students, graduates and working professionals are considering pursuing a postgraduate degree in data science or data analytics. People reach out to me on LinkedIn, Quora and even on Facebook, looking for career advice about getting into data science or analytics careers. They read my blog articles on various platforms and reach out to me for college guidance and admission consulting. In the last one year or so, quite a few folks asked me about the data science and analytics programs in Europe. So, here I am, with the list of Top 25 Masters Programs for Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Analytics in Europe. I have selected all the programs after evaluating the course content, interdisciplinary nature, departmental profiles, industry links, research activities, trans-national nature, program reviews (on other websites - KDnuggets, AnalyticsVidhya, Masters Portal, Quora) and job prospects. Besides, I have listed only those programs that are entirely taught in English.
MSc Data Engineering & Analytics and Masters Mathematics in Data Science – TU Munich
The Data Engineering and Analytics program deals with the recent developments and trends in Big Data. The Master’s program specifically addresses three key issues - the creation and storage of large data sets in a feasible and economical way, technical advances in multi-core systems, cloud computing & related technologies, and various data sources (business, social media, smart devices etc.). The program is divided into three areas of study: Data Analysis, Data Engineering& Analytics, and Data Engineering, and covers the fundamental methods and practical techniques for the processing of very large datasets. Read more about the Data Engineering and Analytics program.
The Mathematics in Data Science program runs parallel and shares the core foundations of informatics and mathematical aspects of Big Data. Both programs aim at the collection, modelling, storage, processing and evaluation of extremely large (e.g. social media), rapidly changing (e.g. sensor data) and complex (e.g. ecological systems) data sets.
The Mathematics in Data Science program focuses on computation, simulation and prediction of complex phenomena (e.g. customer behaviour, economic trends and medical data) and on the oftentimes complicated interpretation of this data, which requires complex mathematical models. This program places an emphasis on methods and algorithms from statistics, machine learning, optimization, and the theory of data representation. This is aimed towards the students who want to receive a high-profile education in mathematics with an emphasis on the burgeoning area of Big Data. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of detail complex techniques for data editing and data analysis, how to adapt complex models to concrete problems, to combine and redevelop them in order to derive prediction and classification models.
Erasmus Mundus Master in Data Mining and Knowledge Management
This is a top-notch research-oriented Master’s program offered by a Consortium of 6 universities - Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Polytech’Nantes - École d'Ingénieurs de l'Université de Nantes, Universitatea Politehnica din Bucuresti, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech.
The Master’s program aims to train specialized researchers, professionals, and managers able to extract hidden knowledge from information recorded in databases and the web. The first semester is devoted to basic training, whereas the two following ones are dedicated to acquiring two specialities among six available ones:
· Data Mining and Complex System Modeling and Application in Social Sciences
· Knowledge and Decision
· Statistical Modeling and Data Mining
· Semantic Web
· Relational Data Mining
EIT ICT Data Science Master’s Program
The Data Science Masters offers a unique two-year academic programme, whereby students study data science, innovation, and entrepreneurship at two different leading European universities. The participating universities are TU/e Eindhoven, UNS Nice Sophia-Antipolis, UPM Madrid, KTH Stockholm, TUB Berlin, and PoliMi Mailand.
Students acquire in-depth technical skills in scalable data collection techniques and data analysis methods. They learn how to use and develop a suite of tools and technologies that address data capture, processing, storage, transfer, analysis, visualization, and related concepts (e.g., data access, data pricing, and data privacy).
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Big Data Management and Analytics
Earlier the program used to known as IT4BI (Information Technology for Business Intelligence). The program favours the integration of students into a network of specialists and researchers in Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data (BD). The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Germany, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands and Université François Rabelais Tours (UFRT) in France.
This consortium will prepare the graduates not only to answer today s professional challenges by a strong connection with the needs coming from the industry but also to pursue their studies into doctorate programs, through strong connections with the researchers and innovators views.
Master of Science in Data Science – ETH Zurich
This is a specialized Master’s program in Data Science that combines both theoretical foundations and practical applications. This is one of the best programs in for the folks who wish to get employed as data scientists in the industry – banking, insurance, biotech, medicine, environment, telecommunication etc. The 2-year program is jointly offered by the Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Electrical Engineering.
MSc Business Analytics – Imperial College London
It’s a one-year practical program aimed at driving business advantage using state-of-the-art computing and analytical tools. Students will get prepared for data-driven and evidence-based decision making. The program demands rigorous technical and quantitative training. Apart from getting trained by world-class faculty members, leading practitioners and consultants, students will have the opportunity of being in London, the heart of one of the world’s leading cultural, business and financial centres.
Master in Big Data and Business Analytics – ESCP Europe
This is a 1-year program across two counties (France and Germany) and offered by the ESCP Europe, one of the top business schools in the world. It’s another trans-national program that takes place at Paris and Berlin – two great places for the usage of big data & business analytics, cultural mix, and international corporate network.
Master's in Machine Learning - KTH Royal Institute of Technology
This program provides a solid foundation of mathematics and statistics along with methods for machine learning (ML) with the goal of modelling and discovering patterns from observations. Students will also gain practical experience of how to match, apply and implement relevant ML techniques to solve the real-world problems in a large range of application domains. Graduates will gain the confidence and experience to propose tractable solutions to potentially non-standard learning problems which they can implement efficiently and robustly.
The first term of the program covers compulsory courses in machine learning, artificial intelligence, an advanced course in machine learning and research methodology. Students will gain an understanding of how machine learning is used to solve problems in particular application domains such as computer vision, information retrieval, speech and language processing, computational biology and robotics.
MBA Big Data & Business Analytics – University of AmsterdamThis program is aimed at Big Data Science specialists with hands-on experience, and those who are in leadership roles working with Big Data Science and for Entrepreneurs. The curriculum of this MBA is highly multidisciplinary, with courses from Analytics, Business, and Computer Science, and with projects to practice and implement the integration of these three aspects.
MSc Business Analytics and Big Data – IE Business School
The Master’s program in Business Analytics and Big Data (MBD) at IE Business School is a 10-month intensive program. Students will engage in three intensive team challenges to get practical, hands-on experience working directly with industry experts. The four major program areas are business transformation, data science, big data technologies, and professional skills.
MSc Statistics and Machine Learning – Linkoping University
Another cutting edge and innovative program that focuses on modern methods from machine learning and database management that use the power of statistics to build efficient models, make reliable predictions and optimal decisions. The programme provides students with unique skills that are among the most valued on the labour market.
The program is designed for students with a background in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or engineering. Most of the courses included in the program provide students with a deep theoretical knowledge and practical experience from extensive amounts of laboratory work.
MSc Data Science – LMU Munich
The interdisciplinary program is carried out jointly by the Department of Statistics and the Institute for Informatics at LMU Munich. Students will learn statistical and computational methods for collecting, managing, and analyze large and complex data sets and how to extract knowledge and information from these data sets. The program also comprises courses on data security, data confidentiality, and data ethics. In the practical modules, students will tackle real-world problems in cooperation with industrial partners. Other highlights of the program are the summer schools and the focused tutorials.
MSc Data Analytics – University of Warwick
The data analytics program at Warwick provides an interdisciplinary training that makes the graduates highly employable in cybersecurity, finance, government and technology. It’s among the elite courses of its kind in the UK. The course is designed for technically minded graduates with a background in computer science, mathematics or the physical sciences. The course provides a distinctive perspective on data analytics that combines aspects of computer science, business, engineering and mathematics.
Warwick has got a big reputation in the research field of data analytics, as exemplified by collaborations with bodies like the Alan Turing Institute (UK’s national institute for data science) and the New York Centre for Urban Science and Progress.
Master's in Data Science – University of Mannheim
The Mannheim Master in Data Science (MMDS) program is an interdisciplinary one, and jointly offered by the University of Mannheim’s Data and Web Science Group, Institute of Business Informatics, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, and Institute of Mathematics. The program primarily covers Data Management, Data Mining and Text Mining, Predictive Analytics, Advanced Statistics.
Master’s in Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence – Aalto University
Machine learning is one of the major strengths of Aalto University. This Master’s program will give you excellent opportunities for a career in research institutions or in the private sector in the rapidly developing fields of machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence.The major in Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Macadamia) covers a wide range of topics in modern computational data analysis and modelling methodologies. The major of Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Macadamia) offers also a competitive doctoral (PhD) track where a limited number of top students can be admitted.
MSc Computer Science: Data Analytics – National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway
It’s a 1-year advanced MSc programme delivered by the Information Technology Discipline (College of Engineering & Informatics), in collaboration with the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in NUI Galway, which is Europe’s largest research centre for Data Analytics. The program is also supported by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics and the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway.
The program covers areas such as large-scale data analytics, advanced machine learning and data-mining, information retrieval, natural language processing and web mining. It also includes foundational modules on topics such as statistics, probability and programming for data analytics. Students on the programme further deepen their knowledge of Data Analytics by working on a project either in conjunction with a research group or with an industry partner.
MSc Data Science – London School of Economics (LSE)
The MSc Data Science provides training in data science methods, with a major focus on statistical perspectives. The key components are Computer Programming, Data Management & Visualisation, Data Analysis & Statistical Methods, and Machine Learning & Data Mining.
Students can also choose courses from a range of options ranging from Distributed Computing for Big Data and Statistical Computing, to Financial Statistics and Probabilistic Methods in Risk Management and Insurance. The programme will combine traditional lectures with computer lab sessions, in which you will work with data to complete hands-on exercises using programming tools.
MSc Web Science and Big Data Analytics – University College London (UCL)
The UCL program is intended for students with a general science and engineering background and is an ideal preparation for roles with some of the best internet-related industries and areas requiring big data analytical skills. Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of web-related technologies and big data analytics, ranging from information search and retrieval, natural language processing, data mining and knowledge acquisition, large-scale distributed data analytics and cloud computing to e-commerce and their business economic models and the latest concepts of social networks.
Optional modules include Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction, Applied Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Computer Graphics, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Graphical Models, Interaction Design, Machine Vision, Probabilistic and Unsupervised Learning, Statistical Natural Language Processing, and Supervised Learning. The MSc program has got strong links with the industry leaders like Microsoft, Google, and British Telecom to name a few.
Master's in Data and Knowledge Engineering – Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
This Master program offers an in-depth knowledge and competencies in Data Science, with the aim of turning passive data into exploitable knowledge. The program focuses on the representation, management and understanding of data and knowledge assets. It encompasses technologies for the design and development of advanced databases, knowledge bases and expert systems, methods for the extraction of models and patterns from conventional data, texts and multimedia, modelling instruments for the representation and updating of extracted knowledge. In terms of applications, areas ranging from business intelligence and market surveillance to life sciences, biotechnology and data security.
Master in Big Data and Business Analytics – ESCP Europe
This is a 1-year program across two counties (France and Germany) and offered by the ESCP Europe, one of the top business schools in the world. It’s another trans-national program that takes place at Paris and Berlin – two great places for the usage of big data & business analytics, cultural mix, and international corporate network. The program provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen skills through courses on Business Intelligence, Data Science, Data Modelling, Business Process, Managerial Decision Making and various Analytics areas.
Master of Science in Data Science – EPFL
The 2-year EPFL’s Master program in Data Science offers a comprehensive education, from the foundations to implementation, from algorithms to database architecture, and from information theory to machine learning. The Master program is offered by the School of Computer and Communication Sciences in collaboration with the Institute of Mathematics and the School of Engineering.
At EPFL, students will have solid exposure to cutting-edge research and to exciting industrial internship and career opportunities in various fields such as biotechnology, education, energy, finance, government, healthcare, insurance, pharmaceutical, telecoms, travel, and transportation etc. Besides, the Swiss Data Science Center and the Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) offer exciting networking and training opportunities.
MSc in Computer Science: Data Science Track – University of Copenhagen
Not much-hyped program in the media and major study abroad portals; but, it’s one of the best programs for studies and research in data science. The MSc Computer Science program includes algorithmic and data structures, programming languages, data science and machine learning, HCI (human-computer interaction), image analysis and computer vision, as well as software development. The data science track offers an excellent curriculum for the folks, who have got knowledge of programming, mathematics, and statistics.
MSc in Data Sciences and Business Analytics – ESSEC Business School & CentraleSupélec
MSc Data Science and Analytics – University of Leeds
The Data Science and Analytics program at Leeds is a highly flexible and interdisciplinary course. Students can develop a range of skills, including analyzing structured and unstructured data, analyzing large datasets and critically evaluating results in context, through a combination of compulsory and optional modules.
Students can choose specific pathways (specializations) - business management, healthcare or geographic information systems (GIS) according to their background and needs. The course combines expertise from the Schools of Computing, Geography, and Mathematics with that of Leeds University Business School and the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics. Apart from three core modules, the program offers a comprehensive list of elective modules.
MSc Data Science & Analytics – University College Cork (UCC)
It’s another great program for future data scientists in Ireland. Students will cover core modules like Data Mining, Foundations of Statistical Data Analytics, Generalised Linear Modelling Techniques, Database Technology, and Information Storage & Retrieval. As electives, students can choose Programming in Python, Large-Scale Application Development and Integration, Internet Computing for Data Science, Multivariate Methods for Data Analysis, Operations Research, Stochastic Decision Science, Analysis of Networks and Complex Systems etc.
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