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Data Science, PDEng

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #102 (QS) Eindhoven, Netherlands
Part of 4TU Stan Ackermans Institute, the PDEng Data Science programme at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)  is a joint initiative of Eindhoven University of Technology, Tilburg University, and the Data Science Centre Eindhoven. Together they founded The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS). 
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The academy is a thriving data science community, in which postgraduate education, innovation, entrepreneurial activities, lifelong learning, and scientific research are integrated. A major part of the PDEng program Data Science is related to real-life, cross-functional projects with partners in the data science ecosystem. The academy is located in the city of 's Hertogenbosch, in the former convent Mariënburg.

Data Science is concerned with the problem of finding patterns and creating value from vast streams of data in the context of a data domain. 

The Data Science programme at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)  combines statistics, computer science, mathematics, and design theory with the business acumen to explore data sets, gather insights, visualize results, and communicate meaningful findings to stakeholders taking into consideration underlying ethical and legal aspects.The PDEng Data Science also offers a specialization in Industrial Engineering. This specialization is typically of interest for master students with an industrial engineering background, who want to broaden in the field of Data Science.

Candidates for the PDEng Data Science are creative problem solvers with excellent technical skills, team players with eagerness to learn and with attitude that shows the responsibility for quality and quantity of knowledge gained. They have a solid background in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, and strong affinity with Data Science.

A Data Science graduate:  

  • Properly applies techniques from statistics, computer science, and mathematics in a variety of data domains.
  • Shows curiosity with the desire to discover, distill, and model a problem down to a clear set of concepts and hypotheses to be tested.
  • Uses data to tell a story and communicate that story effectively to stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates cleverness to look at a problem in different creative ways.
  • Collaborates in teams and with a variety of stakeholders to get optimal results.

Career prospects

Leading companies, markets, and businesses in many fields are hiring big data infrastructure professionals at doctorate level to help them store, explore, process, access, visualize the terabytes of data that they collect daily. While the volume of data produced and stored grows exponentially, there is a severe shortage of talent to design, maintain, and optimize data infrastructure and data pipelines and to turn complex and unstructured data into valuable business insights. More than 90% of the foreign graduates from the PDEng program Data Science find a first job in The Netherlands.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    The application deadlines are linkedin to the next step in the assessment: our data challenge week. The next Data Challenge Week is from March 27 - April 3

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The main themes of the program are:
  • Collect, explore, analyze, interpret, and present huge data sets
  • Approach data and domain problems from multiple perspective
  • Create value for organizations by designing novel data driven solutions

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • The PDEng Data Science application form;
  • A motivation letter;
  • A copy of the original certificate of your Master degree from your university;
  • The (informal) translation into English of this certificate;
  • A copy of the list of marks that you obtained in order to fulfill the requirements for the Master degree;
  • The translation of the list of marks, validated by your university administration;
  • A Curriculum Vitae including your personal data, complete description of your education, additional;
  • Other relevant experience, publications and reports, etc.  ;
  • Proof of level of English language (for example IELTS);
  • A copy of your passport/ ID;

Tuition Fee

Trainees do not have to pay tuition fees. 

Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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