Industry and science are flooded with data and are struggling to make sense of it. There is urgent demand for individuals trained to analyse data, including massive and heterogeneous data. For this reason, opportunities are expected to grow dramatically. The interdisciplinary Data Science MSc programme will train you to work in data-intensive areas of industry and science, with the skills and knowledge needed to construct solutions to complex data analysis problems.
Building your career begins already during your studies. Working life and career development perspectives are integrated into many of the courses. Your studies can also include work practice or other working life oriented study units.
From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services at the University of Helsinki give guidance and support, including career guidance and counselling, courses and events, and facilitation of mentoring groups.
More information about the Career Services at the University of Helsinki.
If you are focusing on the core areas of data science, you will typically find employment as a researcher or consultant, sometimes after taking a PhD in Computer Science or Statistics to deepen your knowledge of the field and research methods.
If your focus is on the use of data science for specific applications, you will typically find work in industry or in other fields of science such as physics, digital humanities, biology or medicine.
After completing the MSc programme in Data Science, you can apply for doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki or elsewhere. Due to the high level of international recognition of the University of Helsinki and the data science research groups, you will have good chances to be accepted for doctoral studies at top universities. The additional skills gained in doctoral studies will not only be useful for an academic research career but also for work as a data scientist in industry.
At the University of Helsinki, suitable doctoral programmes include:
- Doctoral Programme in Computer Science
- Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and Statistics
- Doctoral programmes in your chosen application domain; for this choice you are strongly encouraged to include domain specific methodologies and minor studies.
More information about doctoral education at the University of Helsinki.