Data Science, Bachelor of Science (Technology), Master of Science (Technology)
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Data science is one of the majors in the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology available in English. It is a multidisciplinary field focusing on the study of scientific methods used to extract knowledge from data and build models that cope with complex problems. It employs techniques and theories drawn from the broad areas of mathematics, statistics, information sciences, and computer science.
The Data Science Bachelor will provide you with skills required to become a top-level digitalization expert for trade and industry, science or technology. After completing your studies, you will be able to manage large volumes of data, make sound inferences from data, and build data-driven models that make accurate predictions or take intelligent decisions.
Throughout the studies, emphasis is put on the foundation of mathematics, statistics, and computation, and building a strong background in data science, which will not only educate you with the existing techniques but will also allow you to follow the developments in this rapidly-evolving area.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction in the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology and the Data Science major is English. The programme is conducted entirely in English, meaning that all courses and exams are in English. For students with sufficient proficiency in Finnish, it is also possible to study the 20-25 credit minor subject of the bachelor’s degree in Finnish.
Studies at the master’s level can also be completed entirely in English.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Aalto University’s tuition fee for bachelor’s programmes taught in English is 12 000 euros per academic year. Tuition fees apply to citizens of countries other than those of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee.
More information on tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees webpage.
Structure of studies
The bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) is composed of basic studies of the programme (65 ECTS mathematics, programming, industrial engineering and management, obligatory languages, Aalto studies, orientation), the major in data science (65 ECTS including BSc thesis and seminar), the minor (20-25 ECTS) and elective studies (25-30 ECTS).
More information on the programme content and curriculum can be found in the Student guide.
The main subject in the bachelor's degree is Data Science. As a student of the Data Science major, you are entitled to continue your studies at the master’s level at Aalto University. The major gives you a solid basis for further studies in the Aalto University master’s programmes, for example the Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence major of the Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences, or the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research.
The study environment in Aalto University is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. Indicatively, in the departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Systems Analysis around 20% of the professors are coming from outside of Finland.
Aalto University also offers diverse possibilities for developing one’s global competence by e.g., completing part of the degree abroad in an international partner university, conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.
Further study opportunities
This Bachelor’s Degree gives you a solid basis for further studies in the Aalto University master’s programmes, for example majors in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS), Mathematics and Operations Research, Life Science Technologies, and Electrical Engineering. As a student in the Data Science major, you are entitled to continue your studies at the master’s level.
More information can be found in the Student guide.
The programme aims to educate professionals in a diverse range of activities. Graduates of the programme will obtain the background to start their working life as data scientists, engineers, or technology entrepreneurs, among other professions.
Additionally, the programme prepares the students for advanced studies in engineering, science, and mathematics, so that graduates of the programme will be well-equipped to pursue masters-level studies giving them the opportunity to follow professions, such as engineering scientists, business analysts, industrial researchers, technology leaders, technical managers of cross-disciplinary teams, and more.
Aalto University is a world-class research institute in data science and related fields. Students have the opportunity to interact with leading researchers in their respective field, and be involved in frontier research projects
Co-operation with other parties
The affiliated departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Systems Analysis co-operate closely with national and international companies and research institutes in the field of data science. For example, Aalto University is a leading partner of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), which involves collaboration with companies that have an interest in AI. This interest may include cutting-edge research, education of the personnel, student collaboration and recruitment of young talents, and technology transfer.
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‘If you study data science, you won’t limit your choice of career in the future’
Before starting her Data Science studies at Aalto, Angeline Jayanegara obtained a diploma in fashion design. In the future, she would like to work as a Data Scientist in the fashion industry.
Students from around the world joined the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology – meet Dylan, Anna and Ishaan
In September 2018, we received 39 new students in the Data Science and Digital Systems and Design majors that are part of the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology taught in English. About one third of the new students in this programme are from Finland, while the rest are from countries like Vietnam, South Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Russia, Italy and the USA.
Five data science students share stories of studies, events, and their expectations
Data Guild is an association of the data science students at Aalto University. It is a relatively new association - it was established only three years ago. Five members of the culture committee of the guild - Ilia Zalesskii, Aaron Wallasvaara, Christian Guidikov, Pranava Varshan and Rainer Ruuskanen – share why they chose to study data science and how they find the student life.
‘The atmosphere at Aalto is comfortable and you can do things at your own pace’
Thong Tran, the first graduate with a major in Data Science, shares his experiences on studying at Aalto University
‘Aalto is a safe place for building your skills and confidence’
Linh Nguyen wanted to obtain a degree with good job prospects and that is why she decided to study Data Science at Aalto University
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