Information studies is a broad and interdisciplinary field, primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information. It examines the interaction between people, organisations and any existing information systems, with the aim of creating, replacing, improving or understanding information systems.
Information studies tackles systemic problems first rather than individual pieces of technology within that system: it focuses on understanding information problems from the perspective of the stakeholders involved, and then applying technologies as needed. Not only aspects of computer science are incorporated, but also aspects of research fields like cognitive science, commerce, communications, management, philosophy, public policy, and the social sciences.
The Master's programme in Information Studies at the UvA offers tracks in:
- Data Science
- Information Systems
In a data rich world, data science is gaining a central position with an increasing potential value for businesses, science and society. Data scientists are needed to give meaning to the sea of data that surrounds us. With the launch of the innovative and interdisciplinary Data Science track in the Information Studies Master's Programme, the UvA now makes it possible for you to become a skilful expert in this field. This Master’s programme has been developed in collaboration with VU University and Amsterdam Data Science. Courses are taught by an international team of top scientists and experts from all collaborating institutions.
During this one-year Master’s programme in Data Science you will:
- delve into the main theories and tools used in the field of data science, and develop an integrated view on the latest developments and future possibilities of Data Science in society;
- learn how to translate scientific, societal, and business challenges into data-related questions, identify solutions that are methodologically sound, while taking the ethical and legal aspects into account, communicate results and make well-founded decisions;
- work together with an international group of students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds;
- conduct and evaluate data science projects in a broad range of domains.
Is Data Science at the UvA the study for me?
It is, if you:
- want to translate scientific, societal and business challenges into data related solutions
- want to learn how to explore and analyse data
- want to understand how to conduct, assess and evaluate data science projects
- use your background for data science projects in various domains
- have affinity and experience with programming and statistics
- like to work together with motivated students, with a broad range of educational backgrounds.
What does Data Science at the UvA have to offer me?
In the one year Data Science Master's track, you will acquire knowledge of the theories and tools used in data science. We will teach you how to use these tools for working with data in different domains, such as Healthcare, Media and Communication, Smart City, Life Sciences and Digital Humanities.
You will benefit from the strong collaboration with ADS, bringing together leading researchers across the entire life cycle of data science, from expertise in machine learning and information retrieval to human computer interaction and large-scale data management.
As a graduate you will have an integrated view on the possibilities and development of data science in society.
Information Studies: Information Systems (track)
As of 2018-2019 the tracks Human Centred Multimedia and Business Information Systems will be merged in the interdisciplinary Information System (IS) track of the Master's Information Studies. This new track is designed to give you the tools to analyse and create systems for the supply, storage and communication of information. IS is based on the intelligent communication between humans and information systems.
Information Systems is the Master's programme for you if:
- you are interested in the ways people interact with (new) technology and media, and how they are supported, hampered and influenced by them
- you want to analyse systems for the supply, storage and communication of information by means of various media (such as video, speech and text)
- you want to make connections between corporate/organisational management and the people responsible for developing technological solutions
- you want to translate user demands into innovative solutions
The programme examines subjects like:
- media & sensor technology
- information retrieval
- semantic web technology
- mobile systems
- innovation & design thinking
- cognitive tools
The city of Amsterdam is ideally suited to research these subjects. It offers an environment of unrivaled innovation, and is one of the most important European centres in the area of ICT and new media.