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Data Science

Bachelor

We are surrounded by data and, in our Bachelor's degree programme in Data Science, you’ll learn how to interpret it correctly, so that you can generate trend-setting ideas – today and in the future.


Online Studies

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

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Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Overview

Start your online Bachelor degree in Data Science

The most important economic and social development of our times is digitalisation. Digital technology not only fills all areas of interpersonal communication, but also has an important influence on our economy. It represents existing forms of technology, while paving the way for new business models that were not previously possible. Its distinguishing feature is the consistent use of data - no matter where, no matter when. Data Science is therefore at the core of all digitalisation processes.

The online Bachelor's degree in Data Science covers data preparation, visualisation, and analysis; everything you need to know in order to launch a career in the field. You’ll learn to take a methodical, focused, and logical approach to data science problems, and the focus on practical problem-solving skills will have you ready for your future professional challenges, with confidence.

Your online degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
Study model
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
180 ECTS
Language: English
Dual degree: Available
Study duration & extension
36 - 72 months (depending on time model)
Free of charge extension period
Start online studies: any time
Tuition fees
Starting from € 199 (US$ 209)* per month

*based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:05 AM (CET)
Accreditation
180 ECTS - English
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 1110120c
Past education recognised
Save time and earn your degree faster by having your previous achievements/experience recognised
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Versatile & Innovative

Your digital learning journey with personal support!

Top-Level Education

First-class study programmes with a recommendation rate of 96 %

Study contents

Online course overview

The online Bachelor's degree in Data Science covers all of the relevant fields of knowledge, such as data visualisation, data analysis, machine learning, and software engineering, and aligns them perfectly with one another. As you work through each of these individual topics, the key focus will be on practical problem-solving skills.

What’s more, over the course of your studies, you'll compile a portfolio containing various samples of your work, and scientifically documenting the skills you have acquired. That means you’ll be actively working on a portfolio of your works that you can show potential employers – even before you graduate.

The order of courses presented below is for the online studies model of this programme.

Semester 1
ModuleECTS

Introduction to Data Science

5

Introduction to Academic Work

5

Introduction to Programming with Python

5

Mathematics: Analysis

5

Collaborative Work

5

Statistics - Probability and Descriptive Statistics

5

Semester 2
ModuleECTS

Object-Oriented and Functional Programming with Python

5

Mathematics: Linear Algebra

5

Intercultural and Ethical Decision-Making

5

Statistics - Inferential Statistics

5

Database Modeling and Database Systems

5

Project: Build a Data Mart in SQL

5

Semester 3
ModuleECTS

Business Intelligence

5

Project: Business Intelligence

5

Machine Learning - Supervised Learning

5

Machine Learning - Unsupervised Learning and Feature Engineering

5

Data Science Software Engineering

5

Project: From Model to Production

5

Semester 4
ModuleECTS

Agile Project Management

5

Big Data Technologies

5

Data Quality and Data Wrangling

5

Explorative Data Analysis and Visualization

5

Cloud Computing

5

Seminar: Ethical Considerations in Data Science

5

Semester 5
ModuleECTS

Time Series Analysis

5

Neural Nets and Deep Learning

5

Electives A

10

Electives B

10

Semester 6
ModuleECTS

Electives C

10

Introduction to Data Protection and IT Security

5

Model Engineering

5

Bachelor Thesis

10

Electives overview

Elective A

In your 5th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Data Engineer

10

Data Analyst

10

AI Specialist

10

FinTech

10

Derivatives and Risk Management

10

International Finance

10

Elective B

In your 5th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

International Marketing and Branding

10

Applied Sales

10

Supply Chain Management

10

Smart Factory

10

Production Engineering, Automation and Robotics 

10

Autonomous Driving

10

Elective C

In your 6th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

International Marketing and Branding

10

Applied Sales

10

Supply Chain Management

10

Smart Factory

10

Automation and Robotics

10

Autonomous Driving

10

International Marketing and Branding

10

Applied Sales

10

Supply Chain Management

10

Smart Factory

10

Automation and Robotics

10

Autonomous Driving

10

Foreign Language

10

Studium Generale*

10

*If you decide to take this elective, you will not qualify for the dual degree at LSBU.

Admission

Entry requirements

How To Start Your Degree with the Online Degree Saver Programme:

Once you've enrolled and started on your studies, you'll have access to a part of your courses, based on the time model you choose. You will be registered as a student only after 50% of the total ECTS have been successfully completed. Then you will gain access to the rest of your courses, and will be able to finish your degree.

The admissions documents must be provided in English or German, if they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners. You can find more details here.

General academic requirements
  • Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate such as A-Levels or IB Diploma and your transcript of records.
  • A subject-related higher education entrance qualification.

Depending on your qualifications, you might have to meet additional requirements, such as successfully passing a university entrance examination or one of the following programmes to make sure you are ready to study with us:

  • Bachelor Entrance Examination (included in Online Degree Saver Programme)

Please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team to find out the exact requirements applicable for your application.

English language skills

At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international work market. Therefore, we ask you to provide us with a proof of your English language skills. 

Is English your native language or have you graduated from an English-speaking school or university? Then you do not need to prove your English language skills. 

You can prove your English skills with an English B2 level certificate (no older than 5 years). Don’t have this at hand? No problem! You can quickly get your English certified with Duolingo. 

  • Take the online test in just 45 to 60 minutes 
  • Receive your certified results within 2 days 
  • Save valuable money and time 

Find out if the Duolingo test is suitable for you. Click here to try it for free. In order to be accepted to your study programme, a minimum of 95 points in the Duolingo exam is required. 

Did you take the test and not get the 95 points required? Don’t worry! We’re offering a free English course. By successfully completing the course in 3 months, you'll prove that you have the required level of English proficiency.

We also accept the following English language skills certificates: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points) or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6) or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B) or 
  • Equivalent proof, such as a B2.2 Certificate from the free IU English course - further information can be requested from our student advisors.* 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years.
*Please note that course isn't accepted as a language certificate for on campus study programmes

Earn a high school diploma and a Bachelor’s degree – at the same time!

Don’t have a high school diploma? Have one but your grade average doesn’t meet our admission requirements? We have a solution for you! 

With the High School Diploma Study Pathway, you can earn a high school diploma and start your online Bachelor’s degree at IU – at the same time.

Visit our High School Diploma Study Pathway page for more details. 

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Careers

Your Bachelor degree in Data Science career outlook

The Bachelor's degree in Data Science will help you make your first steps in various fields of work, such as engineering or consulting. What’s more, our programmes combine state-of-the-art lectures with industry-leading best practice examples, thus helping you to advance your career in the most efficient way.

Once you’ve successfully completed your degree, you could work as, for instance...


Data Engineer

As a data engineer, you take care of all relevant processes related to the generation, storage, maintenance, processing, and dissemination of data. The development and monitoring of the hardware and software infrastructure are crucial. This includes designing, purchasing, and setting up all the necessary components that are appropriate for the respective requirements. Furthermore, as a data expert, you are responsible for the security and stability of the entire system as well as compliance with data protection and data security.

Data Scientist

As a data scientist, you systematically evaluate data and extract knowledge. Based on your findings, you support the company management, especially in strategic decisions. You also know how to present your knowledge clearly and communicate it to third parties without specific technical knowledge. Data scientists usually act in an advisory capacity and provide support in difficult situations. With your know-how, you are an expert, especially in the area of business intelligence and big data.

Digital Analytics Consultant

As an expert, you know how to correctly evaluate the flood of digital information and data - regardless of the end device. The goal is to filter out exactly the data that provides the customer with important information and figures so that they can derive trends and customer needs for their market from it. To achieve this, data must not only be collected and visualised, but also correctly interpreted. Strategic consulting is therefore one of the traits of a digital analytics consultant.

Student reviews

This is what our students say

  • IU offers me the opportunity to organise my studies as flexible as possible.

    Isabel Jennemann

    Online student

  • I decided to study online because I wanted to develop professionally and at the same time have enough time for family and job.

    Veronika

    Online student

  • My studies at IU allowed me to experience the flexibility that is required in my professional field.

    Michael Aman

    Online student

Personal counselling

Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors. You can also find information about the application process under our Become a Student page.

Tuition fees

Online study model & fees for your Bachelor degree in Data Science

Depending on your personal or professional circumstances, you may wish to complete your studies as quickly as possible, or you may prefer a more flexible study programme that is less time-consuming. That’s why we offer part-time options for all our study programmes. This allows you to study alongside professional or personal commitments. We adjust your study fees based on your chosen time model.

Are you unable to finish your programme within the given time? No problem! If you realise that you need more time, you can simply switch to another time model with one months’ notice before the end of the month.

No registration or administration fees are charged when you apply for studying – you'll only be charged once your studies have started. If you won't be admitted to a programme because you do not meet the admission requirements, no fees will be charged.

Full-Time

Duration 36 Months

Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace.

US$ 385
US$ 345 /mth* Apply now
* € 329 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time I

Duration 48 Months

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time.

US$ 333
US$ 303 /mth* Apply now
* € 289 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time II

Duration 72 Months

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their courses on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies.

US$ 229
US$ 209 /mth* Apply now
* € 199 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)
Additional charges

Boost your career.

Earn a dual degree.

With the IU and LSBU (London South Bank University) dual degree track, you get a unique opportunity – you can choose if you want to graduate with both a German and a British graduation certificate, without any extra academic requirements. The study programmes at IU and at LSBU are coordinated and therefore equivalent to each other.

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Free 4-week trial
  • Online tutorials and guidance from tutors
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn English for free
Recognition

Recognition of previous achievements

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? Have you completed a course or a learning path through IU LinkedIn Learning, and earned a certificate? Then you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised, and complete your studies at IU sooner.

  • Save time: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!

Even before you apply for an online study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our recognition application form, which you can find under the content section of each study programme's webpage, and upload it via our upload section. You can also e-mail it to us, or send it via post.

Send an email to study@iu.org to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. Make sure you send your application before the end of your 1-month trial. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies.

Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment. Arrange a personal video consultation appointment to discuss recognition

Why IU International University of Applied Sciences is the best choice

Your Studies Are Flexible and 100% Online

Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full-time or part-time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you. 

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions. Our study coaches are also available to help at any time. 

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.