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As a graduate of the Master’s in Computer Science with a specialisation in Data Science & Technology, you can look forward to an exciting career as a data scientist, data engineer, health data specialist, machine learning engineer, or researcher, to name but a few. Another option is to continue with a PhD or EngD programme. Or what about starting your own business?

Type of degree

Upon completion of the Master's with a specialisation in Data Science & Technology, you will receive a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Also, you can title yourself Master of Science (MSc). Your specialisation will be mentioned on your diploma supplement, highlighting your specialised knowledge and skills in the field of data science and technology.

Job opportunities

As a graduate of this specialisation, you have in-depth knowledge and skills in the statistical and machine learning techniques behind data science and how these are linked with modern information systems. You can also work with big data analytics and engineer smart services. With this expertise, you will be well-prepared to work at leading manufacturing and construction companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, healthcare companies, consultancy companies, and government agencies, among others. Also, you can conduct research at universities and research centres worldwide.

UT alumni with this specialisation currently work at various organisations in different roles, for example:
  • Machine Learning Engineer at Apple
  • Data Consultant at NAVARA
  • Researcher at the University of Twente

Whichever career path you choose, you will be sure to find exciting opportunities at various private and public organisations around the world. You can work at multinational technology companies such as Apple, IBM, or Google, manufacturers of chip-making equipment such as ASML, multinational corporations such as Philips, leading information and analytics companies such as Elsevier, audit and consulting companies such as Deloitte or KPMG, hospitals such as ZGT hospital Almelo, institutes such as the Netherlands Forensic Institute, and global management consultant companies such as McKinsey, among others.

Start a business

At UT, we highly encourage entrepreneurship. The University of Twente is the birthplace of a large number of high-tech spin-off companies that market developed technologies. You could use your research or even inventions stemming from your master’s thesis and/or your PhD research to start up your own innovative company as well! UT has been voted the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands four times in a row. We have a unique approach of putting scientific knowledge to practical use and turning our expertise and yours into solutions that people and society actually need. As a catalyst for meaningful entrepreneurship, we offer you the Novel-T foundation and the start-up hub on campus.

You can use your master’s research - or prototypes from the research you have done - to start your own business just like Joost Diepenmaat and Edwin Vlieg who launched MoneyBird: an online accounting tool for entrepreneurs to manage their finances. Will you be next?


Instead of pursuing a professional career right after obtaining your Master’s degree, you can opt for an academic career by completing a PhD or an EngD. An EngD programme is more practically oriented and aligned with direct problem solving and addressing design needs of a particular industry whereas a PhD programme is more focused on research. You can follow both types of programmes at the Twente Graduate School (TGS).


A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) entails studying and carrying out research in a particular area for a period of four years. You can do this within one of our research groups or our structured PhD programmes. An integral part of a PhD is writing your PhD thesis and presenting and defending your research publicly. Obtaining a PhD gives you the title Doctor (Dr).


You can also choose to follow an EngD programme after graduation. Such a programme usually takes two years and prepares you to become a high-level technological designer. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certified diploma and the academic degree title Professional Doctorate in Engineering (EngD).

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