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BDS Curriculum

Important note: At present, accreditation for the research master in Business Data Science is pending. Until accreditation occurs, admitted applicants will be enrolled in the accredited Tinbergen Institute research master program, where the courses are hosted in a separate track.


Acquiring skills

In year 1, the primary objective is to build a solid data science foundation and expose students to a variety of methodological approaches. These skills are applied to various business disciplines in the field courses.

First year courses:

Building knowledge

In year 2, students focus on a given business sub-discipline, selecting from among: 1) finance, 2) entrepreneurship and innovation, 3) marketing science, 4) human resources and organization, 5) logistics and supply chain analytics. The courses assigned for each of these sub-disciplines have been carefully selected by a team of experts with the aim of ensuring the perfect learning trajectory that will lead to substantive contributions in the fields of each particular sub-discipline.

Second year courses: 

5 courses in chosen sub-discipline*
Bayesian Econometrics 
Research clinic 
Skills workshops: Review process, academic writing and presentations 
Research Hackathon 
Research Master Thesis (30 credits)
* Fields:  1) finance, 2) entrepreneurship and innovation, 3) marketing science, 4) human resources and organization, 5) supply chain analytics

Academic and Examination Regulations

The Academic and Examination Regulations provide details on the program requirements and examination procedures and can be downloaded from the intranet.