We are facing a new chapter in the age of digital information: the Big Data era. The availability of digital data for a wide range of areas, from business to research to everyday life, is growing at a significant pace; every year and a half the size of digital data exchanged on the Web doubles.
“Every animate and inanimate object on Earth will soon be generating data” (Smolan and Erwitt, 2013)
The goal of University of Milano-Bicocca Master Degree in Data Science is to teach high-level Data Scientists who can mix knowledge related to computer science technologies, languages and techniques with knowledge related to statistics techniques, methodologies and analysis environments. Data Scientists will be able to apply this knowledge to the analysis of big datasets, in order to build descriptive and predictive models for businesses and public administrations.
Since data are more and more used in an increasingly pervasive way in different areas, the Master Degree in Data Science provided knowledge and skills apply to a wide range of subjects as physical and natural sciences, social sciences, economic sciences and legal sciences.
The Master Degree in Data Science addresses students with a bachelor degree who are looking to strengthen their knowledge and skills in managing and analyzing data, approaching job areas with bright prospects. The Degree has a 2 years duration and requires students to collect 120 ECTS and to pass 12 exams, according to the national legislation in force.
The goal of achieving strongly interdisciplinary skills in Data Science is a key aspect of our Master Degree. We aim to address both the advanced research and the job market needs, with the goal of creating a new class of professionals: the Data Scientists. These professionals are going to be more and more relevant in companies and administrations who need to manage information and data for their strategic and operational goals.
Several forecasts for the next 30 years assign to data intensive services – smartphone applications for example – over 70% of the job market. According to BigData@MIUR report, a 23% job supply annual growth in Big Data is expected until at least 2020, against a 19% annual growth of the whole Information Technology industry and a global 6%. In developed countries, Data Scientists are expected to employ high remunerated professional positions. Many of the world’s most successful startups are placed in the Data Science area.
The Master Degree in Data Science contemplates both mandatory and optional courses (more detailed information on single courses can be found in other site pages). The general syllabus of the Master Degree in Data Science is shown below.