TU/e launches new master Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

As of September this year TU/e starts a new Master’s program focussed on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The new DS&AI program has been formally recognized by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization NVAO. The new master will be offered by the department of Mathematics and Computer Science and is the first and only engineering program in the Netherlands that combines advanced techniques and methods in the field of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Associate Professor Dirk Fahland, who is closely involved in the program’s development, explains: “It is only logical that Data Science and AI are combined because these two disciplines are now closely interrelated.” In addition, the program is a good fit with the university’s ambitions, in which artificial intelligence takes a prominent place, as witnessed by the launch of the Eindhoven AI Systems Institute (EAISI) in 2019.

The main aim of the DS&AI program is to train AI engineers capable of building reliable AI systems while bearing in mind the people who will eventually use them, Fahland explains. “Among others, the many high-tech companies in the Brainport Eindhoven region will find these AI systems valuable; their requirements are highly demanding when it comes to reliability.”


As the students must be able to see problems from various angles, they will be given a broad basis that will include courses on the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, data visualization, ethics, algorithms, data mining and management, and machine learning.

The DS&AI program is structured into six trajectories, each representing an expertise area of Data Science & Artificial Intelligence. Most subjects within these trajectories are new or have been redesigned for the new Master DS&AI:

  1. Data Engineering and Management
  2. Algorithmic Data Analysis
  3. Explainable Data Analytics
  4. Statistics
  5. Data Mining and Machine Learning
  6. AI and Machine Learning

In addition, two mandatory courses connect the different expertise areas and give context:

  • Ethics in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Intelligence Challenge (a challenge-based group project course)

On this page you can find more information about the curriculum and a FAQ.


The new program will soon be registered in the official educational program register of the Netherlands (i.e. CROHO). From that moment students can register via Studielink. The deadline to enroll is May 1st 2021.

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