Why study Business Data Science?
Challenging new research opportunities
Jumpstart for PhD trajectory
The program is a two-year research master (120 EC) aiming to train future PhD students. The program helps students to jumpstart their PhD trajectory not only through solid training, but also with direct experience in research (provided during the seminars, research clinic, research hackathons, skill workshops, thesis, interaction with faculty, research assistantships opportunities), and teaching (e.g., teaching assistantships opportunities). Students who successfully complete the research master Business Data Science are assisted in finding PhD positions at one of the three partner universities or elsewhere.
Focus on Data Science
The program has a strong focus on data science, presented to the students at a higher theoretical level than in a traditional master program.
Focus on preferred specialization
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. The courses have been carefully selected by a team of experts with the aim of ensuring the perfect learning trajectory in each subfield.
Admissions are highly selective and competitive. A maximum of 30 students are annually admitted to the BDS Research Master program. The class-size limit of 30 students guarantees a high level of interaction in the classroom, detailed feedback from faculty, and the support of a strong cohort.
Scholarships and tuition waivers available
For talented students scholarships and tuition waivers are available. Please inform the Director of Graduate Studies if you want to be considered for funding by BDS. If you need assistance in applying for external funding: contact the admissions officer.
Three leading universities
Amsterdam & Rotterdam
BDS has its own offices and a dedicated support staff in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam (shared with the Tinbergen Institute). Students have their own computer facilities and office space. Student housing is available for international students moving to the Netherlands. Read more about locations, housing & research facilities.
The program prepares students for a PhD trajectory in Business departments at one of the partner school in the program or at research universities elsewhere. Students are assisted in finding positions but the program cannot guarantee a position for all students.