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During your Master’s in Business Information Technology (BIT), you will collect a total of 120 EC within two years. In addition to the six compulsory courses that form the core of this master's, you will follow additional courses within the specialisation Data Science & Business.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work.


Programme structure

Compulsory courses for the Master's

For all Master's students in Business Information Technology

30 EC

Enterprise Security

Empirical and Design Science Foundations

Business Process Integration Lab

Enterprise Architecture

Data Science

Business Case Development for IT-Projects

Specialisation courses

You choose at least four out of six courses of the specialisation Data Science & Business.

20 EC

Smart Industry

Statistics and Probability


Machine Learning 1

Information Services

Managing Big Data

Elective courses

You can choose a variety of (pre-approved) courses of the BIT curriculum as well as courses of other master’s at UT. You can also choose to do an internship (worth 20 EC).

30 EC

Examples of pre-approved electives:

Sustainable Business Development

Multi Agent Systems

Information Systems for the Financial Services Industry


E-health strategies

Purchasing Management

Research Experiments in Databases and Information Retrieval

Master’s thesis

Your master’s thesis is worth 30 EC. You will prepare for your thesis during the course Research Topics Business Information Technology, which is worth 10 EC.

40 EC

Research Topics Business Information Technology

Final Project BIT

Total EC

120 EC

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Master's thesis

You will complete your Master’s by writing your master’s thesis. The majority of our students complete their graduation project at an external organisation, either in the Netherlands or abroad. This is a great way for you to combine your in-depth scientific insights with some hands-on, practical experience.

The choice of your thesis topic is largely up to you. You will have the opportunity to contribute to high-end research at UT. Your article might even get published, as proven by the numerous publications of our former students.

Most students use their graduation project as a means of preparing for the field of work they want to enter after graduation; in fact, many of our graduates launch their careers with the company at which they conducted their thesis research.

Your master’s thesis could involve undertaking projects such as:
  • Developing forecasting techniques and dynamic pricing strategies for data-driven retail food waste reduction;
  • Using data-driven decision-making in e-sports;
  • Detecting and explaining potential financial fraud cases in invoice data with artificial intelligence;
  • Designing a model to predict the demand for replacement cars for breakdown cases using machine learning techniques.
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