Master programme Data Science

The goal of the Master program in Data Science at the University of Vienna is to provide a practically oriented and scientifically sound education in the field of modern data science. Data Science is an essential driving force in today's digital world. Nowadays, large amounts of data are collected and generated in almost all areas of the economy.

Recently, data-driven methods have also found their way into various parts of the natural and human sciences. The task of data science is to gain knowledge from ever larger amounts of data, which represents added value for the respective area. This requires not only the development of efficient algorithms, but also a basic understanding of the interpretability and reliability of the results. To achieve this, diverse and interdisciplinary skills, which include the practical handling of large amounts of data, a solid mathematical and statistical foundation, as well as knowledge in the respective area of application, are needed. In addition, the rapid developments in data science raise ethical and legal questions. The Data Science Master's programme at the University of Vienna comprehensively reflects all these core skills, emphasizes the interdisciplinary and heterogeneous character of Data Science and places it above a specialisation in individual areas.

While the masters degree in data science prepares for a doctoral degree in mathematics, computer science, or statistics, it also teaches practical skills, such as:

  • handling of huge amounts of data, 
  • statistical analysis of complex data and
  • development, implementation and analysis of efficient algorithms for data analysis, which are in great demand in many industries.

» Curriculum Master Data Science


At a glance

Duration: 4 semesters
Credits: 120 ECTS points
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Language of Instruction: English
Degree Programme: 645
Administered by: SPL 5 (Directorate of Studies 5 - Computer Science and Business Informatics)

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These topics can be expected during your studies:

  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematical & Statistical Foundations
  • Optimization Methods

  • Mining Massive Data
  • Visual and Exploratory Data Science
 Langugage Info

The Master programme Data Science is exclusively offered in English. It is therefore recommended to demonstrate » English language proficiency at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).