Master-Distance Learning
Data Science

120 ECTS English

You want to become an expert on data and improve your prospects on the job market? This master’s in Data Science is the way to go! 

Distance Learning

Start your online master’s programme in Data Science today

You want to conquer the world of data? We have just the thing for you! Our 120 ECTS master’s programme is for holders of a related bachelor’s degree with a knack for innovation and anything digital. 

 How your studies get you ahead: 

  • You hone your skills in data evaluation and analysis, e. g. in stock analysis, autonomous systems and language and text recognition
  • You dive deep into sought-after areas such as machine learning, deep learning and current methods of data science
  • You prepare for management positions in IT
100% flexible
You decide where and when you want to study.
Versatile & Innovative
Your digital learning journey with personal support!
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Summary Your study programme summed up
  • Study programme & degree
    Master of Science (MSc) 120 ECTS
    Full-time or part-time, 100% flexible
  • Application & starting date
    Start immediately or anytime
    Online application, no application deadlines
  • Study duration & extension
    24-48 months, depending on model
    Extension possible free of charge
  • Locations
    Study programme independent of time & place
    No mandatory attendance
    Innovative study tools available on online-campus & in the IU Learn App
    Exams online or at nearest examination centre
  • Study fees
    Starting at 316€/month, depending on model
    Regular discount campaigns
  • Recognition & Approval
    Study program is state-approved, accredited & internationally renowned
    120 ECTS - English
    AR-Siegel, ZFU 1110020c
Free trial? Let’s go! You can try out your study programme for four weeks – no commitment. The fees for this period only apply if you decide to continue your studies with us.

Simply register online for your desired programme.
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Course overview for your Data Science master’s programme

In your master’s programme in Data Science, you focus on recent developments in software and infrastructure engineering as well as big data technologies. Practice-oriented project modules allow you to gain insights into actual working life. Courses such as Machine Learning and Deep Learning teach you how to recognise patterns in data and use the results of your analyses to increase the revenue of your company. You become an expert on data in the private as well as the public sector and develop high level data applications and systems.

Tuition fees

Study model and prices for the Master's online study programme in Data Science

Depending on your personal or professional situation, full-time study is not always easy to manage. That is why we have also developed part-time programmes for all our degrees, which offer flexible and longer study periods. This way, you can study alongside your job or during your time off, whether at home or abroad. The content of the different models is identical. Depending on the study model, we will adjust your tuition fees accordingly. With the part-time variants, your weekly study workload is reduced.

Can't finish your degree in the allotted time? No problem! We will develop the right study model for everyone. If you realise that you need more time, you can easily switch to another study model with three months’ notice before the end of the month. These are our different study models:

Only until 01.03.2023


Duration 24 Months

Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace.

529€ /mtl 556€ Enrol by March 1st, save 1.444€ & get a free iPad. Apply now
Only until 01.03.2023

Part-Time I

Duration 36 Months

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time.

399€ /mtl 417€ Enrol by March 1st, save 1.444€ & get a free iPad. Apply now
Only until 01.03.2023

Part-Time II

Duration 48 Months

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their course on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies.

316€ /mtl 329€ Enrol by March 1st, save 1.444€ & get a free iPad. Apply now
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Stand out.
Get your Dual Degree.

With the dual degree from IU International University and LSBU, London South Bank University, you have the opportunity to obtain a fully-fledged UK degree* in addition to the German one – for a one-time fee in the amount of € 750. You will then complete your studies at IU International University.

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All our study programmes include the following services
  • Free trial phase of four weeks*

  • Access to online libraries

  • Personal assistance from lecturers

  • Online campus with innovative study tools

  • Access to Statista and LinkedIn Learning

  • Individual study and career coaching

  • Online exams around the clock

  • License for Microsoft Office and Teams

  • Flexible extension of study duration

*The fees for this period only apply if you continue your studies with us.

Entry requirements

We make it possible: You can start your desired study programme with IU if you meet the following requirements.
General admission requirements
Additional expertise
English language skills
Qualifying for your Master's for Professionals
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Do you need help with your decision? Your personal study advisor is happy to help you!


Your career prospects in the field of Data Science

The Master's study programme in Data Science offers many fields of activity, e.g. in the disciplines of development or in consulting. As an expert, you can take on challenging tasks in both the private and public sector.

After graduation, you will be able to work, for example, as a ...

Senior Data Scientist

As a Senior Data Scientist, you will typically be responsible for all aspects of transforming data into usable value, from designing technical infrastructure and building advanced learning models to improving data quality and evaluating forecasts. As a senior, you'll also mentor juniors, lead a team and drive key decision-making processes. You'll also champion innovative solutions and advise on research and development.

Data Science Consultant

As a Data Science Consultant, you will help companies and teams to achieve their goals in order to become a future-oriented company. Generally, you are responsible for identifying potential use cases, carrying out the initial project planning, and defining the relevant key figures and metrics to monitor success. As an expert, you are fit in dealing with new technologies and complex mathematical methods that enable you to establish completely new approaches.

Data Science Developer

As a Data Science Developer you are responsible for designing, building, and maintaining the data science infrastructure and cloud services. You develop and implement machine and deep learning models and ensure that all relevant data is accessible. In many cases, you will be in charge of evaluating and improving the quality of the data used in the project. As an expert, you also always have an eye on the big picture in order to set trends in the market.


Recognition of Achievements

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? Then you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised. By doing so, you save time and tuition fees – namely €30 per recognised ECTS point.

  • Shortening your period of study: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!
  • Save on tuition fees: You’ll save €30 for every recognised ECTS point

Even before you apply for an online study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our online recognition form.

Send an email to to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. Make sure you send your application before the end of your 1-month trial. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies. However, we can no longer grant you a cost reduction after the end of the trial month.

Online recognition
Do you need support with your application for recognition? We have summarized all the important information for you in our guide to recognition. Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment.
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