Course of studies
The Mannheim Master in Data Science program at the University of Mannheim usually takes four semesters. Basically, you can decide for yourself when you want to listen to which subjects. There are some minimum requirements for different areas of competence, but then you can choose freely. Thus, the Mannheim Master in Data Science offers an individual course of studies for every level of knowledge. The Master’s is completely in English.
In the module catalog, you will find an overview of all subjects offered in the Mannheim Master in Data Science at the University of Mannheim. Here you can also find out which subjects are mandatory and which subjects can be taken additionally.
As a student of the Mannheim Master in Data Science at the University of Mannheim, you have the possibility to spend one or two semesters at one of our many partner universities. A stay abroad is not mandatory. The work you do abroad can usually be credited so that your standard period of study is not affected. The application deadlines can also be as early as the beginning of your first semester. If you are interested in a semester abroad, please contact our International Department for advice. You can also find further information and contact details at the International Office.
Team Project / Individual Project
Part of your master’s program is a project on which you work together with a chair and possibly in cooperation with a company for one or two semesters. This can be completed alone as an “Individual Project” (for 8 ECTS points) or optionally as a “Team Project” (for 12 ECTS points) together with your fellow students.
The goal of the project is that you work on a complex task using your acquired knowledge and find a practical solution. The projects focus on different areas, such as programming or data science projects.
The timing of the project is freely selectable, but for some project topics, prior knowledge of the master’s program is required.
You have to attend at least one seminar. This seminar is usually held by a professor of your choice in the area in which you want to write your master thesis later on. Your professor will assign you a topic, which you have to work out and present in front of a small group of seminar participants. There is no grade for the seminar, you just have to pass it.
In your Master’s thesis, you will work on a topic in the field of Data Science for six months. You will discuss the topic with your chosen professor beforehand. During the six months, your chosen professor will act as your supervisor and support you with any questions you may have.
Most professors prefer that you also take the seminar at their chair or listen to particular subjects as preparation for the master thesis.
Therefore, you should contact your potential supervisor early on. You can also find an overview of our professors and their subjects here.