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Master in Data Science for Social Sciences

Universidade de Aveiro
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Universidade de Aveiro

Program description

Master in Data Science for Social Sciences

The Master on Data Science for Social Sciences prepare students to: i) collect, manipulate and analyze large amounts of structured and unstructured data; ii) address problem formulation and design solutions, using models or computational systems, for concrete needs of companies and institutions and emerging societal challenges; and iii) understand of socio-economic phenomena and their territorial expression and the adequacy of decision support tools in the process of formulating, implementing and evaluating public policies.

The study cycle is organized as a complement to the initial training courses of the UA. Moreover, it allows adjusting or updating professional profiles for whom faces complex environments demanding analytical skills or involving decision-making efforts, either in the public or private domains. Training enables students to choose, develop and apply appropriate solutions to a given problem or challenge. The training options is designed in two directions: i) modern analytical instruments (advanced, complex), but consolidated in scientific research; ii) use several tools and models, enabling students to formulate (more) effective and (more) efficient answers to specific and emerging problems that arise in contemporary decision-making processes (e.g. territorial-based; organizational; production processes).

The languages of instruction for this program are Portuguese and English. 

Admission requirements

  1. Licenciatura level degree, or legal equivalent in scientific domains appropriate to the Master program.
  2. Foreign higher education degree awarded on completion of a 1st cycle study programs organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.
  3. Foreign higher education degree recognised as satisfying the objectives of the licenciatura degree by the scientifically and statutorily competent body.
  4. The Scientific Council of the University of Aveiro may admit applicants proposed by the Director of the Study Cycle who do not meet the conditions specified above but whose academic,scientific or professional curriculum reveal an adequate preparation for frequenting the Masters programme, in accordance with Article 17, Nº 1, d), Decree Law nº 74/2006, as expressed in DL nº 65/2018 of 16 August, and Article 47, Nº 1, d)of the Study Regulations of the University of Aveiro.
  5. That which is indicated in points 2 to 4 is valid only for entry to the study cycle and does not confer any formal recognition of this degree on the holder of the qualification.
  6. Students enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year in a cycle of University of Aveiro studies and who meet conditions for application in 2020/2021 may not apply for the same cycle of studies under the terms of this competition.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1


  • Programming and Algorithms in Science
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Statistics and Optimisation for Decision Making
  • Geographic Information Systems for Social Sciences
  • Operations Research Methods


  • Database Systems 
  • Time and Spatial Econometrics
  • Machine Learning
  • Seminar
  • Option I
    • Company Assessment
    • Financial Economics
    • Production Planning and Control
    • Public Policies Analysis And Regulation
    • Risk Analysis And Management
    • Soci-economic And Territorial Dynamics
    • Sociology And Economics Of Sustainable Development

Year 2


  • Free Option
  • Option II
    • Applied Finance
    • Europe And Population Policies
    • Financial Markets And Instruments
    • Management and Evaluation of Public Services Quality
    • Planning Support Techniques
    • Project Management and Evaluation
    • Territory, Regional Policies And Innovation


  • Dissertation / Project / Internship

Tuition fees

1000€ per year

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

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Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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