Degree structure

The Bachelor's degree in Data Science consists of the following:
- your major
- core courses
- free electives
- USE (non-technology-related) courses


For the major, you choose the field in which you wish to work later as an engineer. We offer you a solid foundation in the form of a number of compulsory courses that will give you a wide range of areas to work in as a future engineer. You will also be taught non-technology-related courses, as there is more to an engineer's work than just technology. In addition to your major, you have a considerable number of free electives, which enables you to tailor your program to reflect your interests.You can also elect courses from Tilburg University.

You have to define part of your study program yourself by filling in the elective part. For Data Science, the following coherent packages, 15 credits each, are offered. Examples:
• Algorithms
• Web Technology
• Statistics
• Technology Entrepreneurship
• Minor Business Analytics (30 ECTS)
• Minor Data Science and Entrepreneurship (30 ECTS)

Duration of your degree

The Bachelor's degree program in Data Science is of 3 years' duration. The consecutive Master's program lasts for 2 years. After passing all of the program components in the first year, you receive the first-year diploma. After completing your Bachelor's degree, you will carry the title Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Study load

Each year of the program is divided into 2 semesters (September - January and February - July) and each semester is composed of two quartiles of 10 weeks each. During those 10 weeks, you are given lectures, instruction sessions and practical sessions, and you will take examinations during the last 2 or 3 weeks. At the start of the program, you generally have a lecture in the mornings and instruction sessions and practical sessions in the afternoons. The study load in each year is 42 weeks of 40 hours. The proportion of project-based work increases over the course of the degree program. You also devote at least 15 hours per week to self-study. In order to complete the degree program successfully, you need to undertake 1680 hours per academic year, the majority of which is spent at the university.


In the second quarter of the 1st year you either take the course Applied Physics or Understanding the Information Society. Which of these two courses you take depends on the university you enrolled at. If your main enrollment is at Eindhoven University of Technology you will take Applied Physics. If your main enrollment is at Tilburg University, you will take Understanding the Information Society. This is the only difference in content determined by your enrollment (if you send in a well-founded request to the Examining Board, switching from one course to the other is possible). Apart from this one difference, all students take the same joint program.