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Data Science Essentials

Are you ready to kickstart your career as a business analyst? Join 1 or more of our 4 hands-on Data Science Essentials online modules. You will learn the key concepts of working with data and analytics techniques and grow the skills to efficiently run data science projects, answering your organisation’s key questions. For now we do not have dates planned for this course in 2023. Please fill out the below 'keep me informed' form if you want to stay updated on this programme.

Why join the Data Science Essentials modules?

  • What will you learn?

    During this programme you will acquire:

    • the ability to handle structured and unstructured data.
    • insights into judging the quality of data.
    • skills to perform data analysis.
    • skills to report the results in a visual manner.

    4 Online modules

    The programme consists of 4 modules. The goal of each module is to learn practical and hands-on skills to run data science projects. We mainly focus on the practical and ‘hard’ skills like programming, statistics and machine learning, but will pay attention to the necessary soft skills as well. You can apply for 1 or multiple modules.

    Module 1 (6 online sessions): Performing Data Analytics in Python
    Python is a very popular programming language in data science. Via a combination of online self-study and classroom training you will acquire basic programming skills in Python. However, data is often not handed to you on a silver platter. It can be incomplete, noisy, or inconsistent. From session 3 onwards, you will learn how to apply your programming skills in data science projects, how to get to know the data you are working with, how to improve the quality of the data, and how to use it to create insights through visualisations.
    No Python skills are required.

    Module 2 (4 online sessions): Applied Machine Learning
    Machine learning explores the construction of models and algorithms that can learn patterns from historical data and make predictions for the future. The goal of the module is to teach you the practical and hands-on modelling skills to conduct data science projects applying machine learning. We will introduce and apply different algorithms and evaluate and improve model performance.
    Python programming skills are required before you start this module.

    Module 3 (4 online sessions): Applied Optimisation
    The goal of the module is to learn the practical and hands-on modelling skills to conduct data science projects for optimisation problems. You will learn the key concepts for recognising and modelling optimisation problems.
    Python programming skills are required before you start this module.

    Module 4 (5 online sessions): Business and Soft Skills
    The goal of the module is to broaden your skillset as a data scientist. Too often good machine learning models and dashboards are not adopted by the business as they do not align with their needs. You will learn how to create real business value by using your new skills to efficiently run data science projects to answer the key questions of your business. We will also address the key concepts and techniques for visualising data and storytelling to convince your stakeholders and increase your impact. A basic knowledge of machine learning and its applications is required to follow this module. No Python skills required.

  • For whom?

    This course is for business professionals who perform data analyses of any form on a daily basis. The content is specifically tailored to people who seek to get more out of their existing data. A technical background or profound affinity is a prerequisite, since you will be learning a programming language and developing competences in advanced statistics. If you are not sure whether your background fits the course, please contact us.

  • Dates and fees
    Module Dates Times Fee*
    Module 1 Dates to be determined  13:00-17:00 €1,695
    Module 2 Dates to be determined  13:00-17:00 €1,950
    Module 3 Dates to be determined  13:00-17:00  €1,950
    Module 4 Dates to be determined  13:00-17:00  €2,150

    *Fees are VAT-exempt. UvA alumni get an additional 10% discount.

  • Practical information
    Mode of Study: Online programmes (via Zoom)
    Language: English
    Certification: You will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the University of Amsterdam
  • Teaching staff

    This interactive programme will be taught by experienced university lecturers and consultants, who will share their knowledge and expertise on the topic. Data Science Essentials is designed by The Analytics Academy, a collaboration of the Amsterdam Business School, Ortec and Amsterdam Data Science. Our lecturers specialise in offering data science and business analytics education to a wide range of professionals - in open and in-company programmes. They help organisations grow and sustain knowledge at every stage of their data-driven development.

'The various applications of AI have become tangible to me'

Bas Verhoef: 'The curriculum consists of a number of modules that, together, create a logical coherence and structure. This provides a good basis for putting data science, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) into practice. The programme has brought me a lot. The various applications of AI have become tangible to me and I feel equipped to identify opportunities in a value chain.'


Do you have questions about this or other open programmes? Please contact:

Lorena Zevedei 
Manager Executive Education
T: +31 (0)6 1872 6774

Facts & Figures
Type Contract teaching
Mode Part-time, module, online
Credits 0 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Location Roeterseiland campus