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What will I learn?

Become a Data Analyst and provide solutions for societal challenges with the use of complex data sets. Add value to a team, company or organization with a combination of technical skills, knowledge about legal and ethical issues related to data science, and the ability to effectively communicate with professionals and researchers from different disciplines.

Program and courses

Data Science and Society is a multidisciplinary program that offers you the opportunity to specialize in one of four domains, Business, Governance, Media, or Health. Your specialization will be stated on your Master's diploma.

You are trained to identify patterns and gather insights from large and complex datasets.

You learn how to translate those insights into actionable solutions and recommendations to meet practical needs in the chosen domain.

Besides that, you get acquainted with laws and regulations that are relevant for data science and data scientists, particularly private and public law.

Finally, you learn to take ethical issues into account, such as issues regarding privacy, accountability, or human autonomy in decision making.

Typical courses are:

  • Machine Learning
  • Data Mining for Business and Governance
  • Data Science Regulation and Law
  • Deep Learning
  • Programming with R

Career prospects

As a Data Science and Society graduate you have the ability to create data driven solutions for questions that come from society, businesses and organizations. You are well-equipped to perform the role of a strategy consultant, as well as to serve as a linking-pin between management and technical staff. Not only are you able to identify opportunities that big data and related emerging technologies offer, you are also aware of the risks.

With the programming, data processing, data analytics and data visualization skills you have developed and your hands-on experience in working with complex data sets, you also qualify for data analytics jobs.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€16,200.00 (13,08,562) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based).

For international students

You are eligible to apply if you have a Bachelor's degree in one of the following domains:

  • Social Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Human Resource Management, Organizational Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Humanities (e.g. Communication and Information Sciences, Linguistics, Communication Sciences)
  • Law (for example, Global Law, Politics, Law & Economics, Public Administration)
  • Economics & Business (e.g. Economics and Computer Science, Business Informatics, International Business Administration, Economics, Liberal Arts and Sciences)

N.B. A Bachelor's degree obtained in one of these domains does not guarantee admission. The admissions committee will assess each application individually.

English language proficiency:

Applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level by having one of the following qualifications:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 90-91 (internet-based).
  • Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 score overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on all individual parts of the test.
  • Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE) results, score A, B, or C .
  • The above mentioned English proficiency tests should be no older than two years.

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