Data Science

Big data and data-based decisions are among the greatest challenges facing us both today and in the future, given the lightning speed at which data is gathered, the vast quantities in which it is stored, and the constant new ways in which it is linked. How are these large and complex stocks of data processed and made usable? And how do you extract knowledge from data?

You have laid a foundation by completing your Bachelor's studies. At Master's level, you will deepen your knowledge through more practical-oriented work. In the Master's study program in Data Science, you will learn how to carry out professional analyses of large data quantities, recognize patterns, demonstrate relationships, and prepare results in appealing, interactive formats.

Drawing on techniques and theories from a range of fields including statistics, informatics, and cognitive sciences, this will give you the foundations for making strategic and operational decisions for individuals, companies, organizations, and society as a whole.

You will also learn how to analyze non-standard problems yourself, how to use independent means of acquiring the knowledge you need to do this, and how to design and use appropriate systems and solutions.

Classes in the Data Science major study program will cover the following topics:

  • Data Management
  • Algorithms
  • Advanced Statistics and Machine Learning
  • Data Visualization
  • Ethics

Career prospects and further degree programs

With a Master's degree in Data Science, you will be one of the few informatics specialists in Switzerland who specialize particularly in analyzing and processing data – a field with a huge amount of potential for the future. The spectrum of potential employers ranges from major companies in the service sector and international IT companies to specialized small firms.

Moreover, graduates with the right aptitude have the opportunity to complete a doctorate, an outstanding foundation for an academic career.

Department of Informatics

Major Minor other

Data Science is available as:

Major program: 90 ECTS credits. 
Can be combined with the following minor programs:

Business and Economics


Banking and Finance   Informatics
Business Administration  


Minor program: 30 ECTS credits.
Can be combined with the following major programs:
Business and Economics Informatics
Banking and Finance   Artificial Intelligence
Business Administration Information Systems
Economics   People-Oriented Computing
Management and Economics   Software Systems
Minor program for students from other faculties: 30 ECTS credits.
This minor study program can be combined with a major study program in accordance with the provisions set out in your program.


What next?

Are you planning to pursue a Master's degree program at our Faculty? Here you will find the further procedure.

Next steps and main contact points


  • Application and admission: To study with us, you apply centrally at the University of Zurich.
    Application and admission
  • Admission based on academic background: If you have a Bachelor's degree from another higher education institution, get informed about the categorization process.
    Admission to the Master's program
  • Changing program: You are already studying with us and have realized that you might like another study program even better.
    Changing program
  • Regulations: In the regulations you will find everything you need to know about studying here.
  • Questions about your studies: You are already studying with us and have specific questions. Our Student Advisory Service or the Dean's Office team will be happy to help you. 



Informatics: Structure of Studies
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