Study objectives

Data science gives you the foundations to become a top-level expert in the modern knowledge society. You will obtain the required skills to solve real-world problems using methods of algorithm design, machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistical inference, operations research, and optimization.

Data science is one of the majors in the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology available in English. It is a multidisciplinary field focusing on the study of scientific methods used to extract knowledge from data and build models that cope with complex problems. It employs techniques and theories drawn from the broad areas of mathematics, statistics, information sciences, and computer science.

The Data Science Bachelor will provide you with the skills required to become a top-level digitalization expert for trade and industry, science or technology. After completing your studies, you will be able to manage large volumes of data, make sound inferences from data, and build data-driven models that make accurate predictions or make intelligent decisions.

Throughout the studies, emphasis is put on the foundation of mathematics, statistics, and computation, and building a strong background in data science, which will not only educate you with the existing techniques, but will also allow you to follow the developments in this rapidly-evolving area.

Structure of the studies

The bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) is composed of basic studies of the programme (65 ECTS mathematics, programming, industrial engineering and management, obligatory languages, Aalto studies, orientation), the major in data science (65 ECTS including BSc thesis and seminar), the minor (20-25 ECTS) and elective studies (25-30 ECTS).

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction in the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology and the Data Science major is English. The programme is conducted entirely in English, meaning that all courses and exams are in English. For students with sufficient proficiency in Finnish, it is also possible to study the 20-25 credit minor subject of the bachelor’s degree in Finnish.

Studies at the master’s level can also be completed entirely in English.

Career opportunities

The programme aims to educate professionals in a diverse range of activities. Graduates of the programme will obtain the background to start their working life as data scientists, engineers, or technology entrepreneurs, among other professions.

Additionally, the programme prepares the students for advanced studies in engineering, science, and mathematics, so that graduates of the programme will be well-equipped to pursue masters-level studies giving them the opportunity to follow professions, such as engineering scientists, business analysts, industrial researchers, technology leaders, technical managers of cross-disciplinary teams, and more.


By completing the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology, you will earn a Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree (180 ECTS), or tekniikan kandidaatti in Finnish. The degree is designed to be completed in three years.

After graduating from the BSc Programme the student automatically has the right to continue studies in selected master's programmes. By completing the Master's programme in field of Technology in Aalto University, you will earn a Master of Science (Technology) degree (120 ECTS), or diplomi-insinööri in Finnish.

Further study options

This Bachelor’s Degree gives you a solid basis for further studies in the Aalto University master’s programmes, for example majors in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS), Mathematics and Operations Research, Life Science Technologies, and Electrical Engineering. As a student in the Data Science major, you are entitled to continue your studies at the master’s level.


The Bachelor’s degree includes a Bachelor’s thesis, which is written in a seminar on a topic related to the major subject. During the bachelor’s seminar and thesis, you will learn to understand scientific processes and search for relevant background information both applying and analyzing the data collected. In addition, you are able to produce scientific articles in a precise and correct language, present your findings and both receive and give feedback. The extent of the Bachelor’s thesis and seminar is 10 credits.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialisation

The main subject in the bachelor's degree is Data Science. As a student of the Data Science major, you are entitled to continue your studies at the master’s level at Aalto University. The major gives you a solid basis for further studies in the Aalto University master’s programmes, for example, the Machine Learning, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence major of the Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences, or the Master’s Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research.

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA students selected to the Data Science major will be charged a tuition fee of €12000. They are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded from the Aalto University Scholarship programme.


The study environment at Aalto University is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. Indicatively, in the departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Systems Analysis around 20% of the professors are coming from outside of Finland.

Aalto University also offers diverse possibilities for developing one’s global competence by e.g., completing part of the degree abroad in an international partner university, conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.

Co-operation with other parties

The affiliated departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Systems Analysis co-operate closely with national and international companies and research institutes in the field of data science. For example, Aalto University is a leading partner of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), which involves collaboration with companies that have an interest in AI. This interest may include cutting-edge research, education of the personnel, student collaboration and recruitment of young talents, and technology transfer.

Research focus

Aalto University is a world-class research institute in data science and related fields. Students have the opportunity to interact with leading researchers in their respective field and be involved in frontier research projects.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated January 29, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
3 - 5 years
12,000 EUR
For non-EU/EEA citizens, per year. Master studies: €15000/year.
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