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On the Master of Science in Data Science at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) you will learn how to combine informatics, mathematics and statistics with data analysis to deal with Big Data challenges.


What can you use this qualification for?

Being an expert in the field of Data Science makes you highly attractive for the future labor market. Big Data challenges are present in all modern societies, all industrial sectors and research and are expected to grow rapidly in future. 

What will you learn?

The Master of Science in Data Science at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)combines the disciplines of informatics, mathematics, statistics and data analysis. During the data science studies, you will deepen your knowledge in these subjects and learn to analyze real-world problems related to complex and big data. You will capitalize on the wide range of application areas of big data in technology, environmental and life sciences, as well as in business and economics.

Short description

Programming, computer science and data mining will give you basic skills in Data Science. Linear algebra and statistics are offered as optional courses if you lack these subjects in your bachelor degree. 

You will complement this basis with two specialization courses in one of the following areas: 

  • Geographical Modelling and Analysis
  • Geographical Database Systems
  • Geographical data Mining
  • Climate Modelling Biostatistics
  • Biophysics, Bioinformatics
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Energy Physics
  • Building Structures
  • Building Performance Simulation and Economics

In your 30 ECTS master thesis, you will apply your data science competence to a specific task and hone your problem-solving skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data analysis and statistics        
  • Image Analysis 
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning 
  • Regression
  • Applied methods in statistics
  • Theoretical statistics       
  • Theoretical statistics 
  • Selected topics in Statistics
  • Statistical Programming   


Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree included a specialization worth 80 ECTS.

    Applicants with a Norwegian degree in Engineering must have the courses Mathematical Methods I, II and III (or comparable) and Statistics (worth 30 ECTS) included in their degree. Other applicants must have at least 30 ECTS Mathematics courses and 5 ECTS Statistics courses.

  • Copy of foreign passport or ID   card
  • Documentation of upper secondary school
  • Documentation of higher education
  • Courses to be completed
  • Translations
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • Documentation of financing

Tuition Fee

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  • Since NMBU is a publicly funded state university, there are no tuition fees. 
  • However, most students must pay a small semester fee. 

Living costs for Ås

9420 - 15000 NOK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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