MSc in Engineering | Profile Data Science

A wide range of products and services that shape everyday life are based on data. The Data Science profile in the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme provides you with knowledge of the key methods and tools for organising, processing and analysing data efficiently. The acquired knowledge will enable you to develop innovative, data-based products and services and to integrate them into larger systems.

As a graduate with the Data Science profile you:

  • have mastered the statistical methods for describing and analysing data and drawing further conclusions,
  • can use data mining and machine learning to develop data-based models,
  • can obtain, organise and store application-specific data from heterogeneous sources,
  • can develop applications to process data flows and isolate valuable findings,
  • understand industry and business needs in relation to data flows,
  • respect ethical, data privacy and security-relevant restrictions on data processing in industry and the services sector.

Master of Science in Engineering


  • Title/Degree Master of Science in Engineering | MSc
  • Specialisations Data Science
  • Mode of study Full-time | max. 3 semesters
    Part-time | max. 7 semesters
  • Start date Week 8 and Week 38
  • Application deadline 31 July | autumn semester
    31 December | spring semester
  • ECTS credits 90 ECTS credits: Total
    30 ECTS credits: Theory modules
    60 ECTS credits: Profile specialisation
  • Teaching language German and English, or French and English (in each case at least language level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Location Biel, Burgdorf
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Programme Handbook

Master of Science in Engineering


Data scientists possess the skills to design, develop and deploy a wide range of data products and data flows for industry and the services sector. In Switzerland, data engineers, data analysts and developers of data products are highly sought-after specialists and find professional challenges and opportunities in almost every sector of industry.

Professional skills

As a Master of Science in Engineering graduate with the Data Science profile you are able to research, analyse and improve data and data flows using a wide range of statistical methods. You organise the recording and acquisition of application-specific data from heterogeneous sources. You also deploy data mining and machine learning in a targeted way. The development of applications for the content-related and economic improvement of data flows is also part of your professional skills set, as are competencies such as the general business understanding of data flows.

Entry qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline. Candidates are individually assessed by the university of applied sciences chosen. The assessment of the entry qualifications is part of the admissions procedure.


The master’s degree programme focuses on in-depth specialisation. Two-thirds of the programme is devoted to this and is completed at a research unit of a university of applied sciences. As part of this in-depth specialisation you will write two project theses and the master’s thesis.

One-third of your degree programme focuses on theory, which is taught in modules. These theory modules are subdivided into three areas:

  • Technical Scientific Modules | TSM
  • Fundamental Theoretical Principles | FTP
  • Context Modules | CM

Your degree programme is planned with support from your advisor. This study advisor will also guide you on the choice of theory modules and specialisation.

We cooperate with the following laboratory:

Applied Machine Intelligence

Machine intelligence raises deep scientific, engineering and societal challenges. Our «Applied Machine Intelligence» research group focus on identifying and defining solutions to these challenges.

Do you have any more questions?

Prof. Dr. Erik Graf, Head of the Data Science profile of this master’s degree programme, would be happy to advise you personally. We look forward to hearing from you.

Master of Science in Engineering

The Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering covers a wide range of specialist skills. They are currently divided into 14 profiles throughout Switzerland. The Master of Science in Engineering can be obtained from Bern University of Applied Sciences in ten profiles.