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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Data Science


Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language German
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

Today, new knowledge in science, economics, management, and technology is created almost exclusively from large quantities of complex data. To properly handle patient or customer data, share prices and returns, and weather or climate information, one needs knowledge of statistics, computer science, and mathematics. These subjects are combined in the Data Science Bachelor's program. Students acquire the ability to carry out statistical data analyses and at the same time gain deeper insights into concepts and methods in computer science.

This program imparts basic specialist knowledge in dealing with large amounts of data, with the aim of using scientific knowledge to develop methods and solve problems in relevant application fields.

In the first year, students learn the necessary fundamentals in mathematics, probability, statistics, and programming. This is followed in the second and third years by special lectures on the presentation, processing, and evaluation of data as well as on computer-aided statistics and statistical learning. In mandatory elective courses and case studies, students learn early on to make connections between academic knowledge and relevant practical problems.

Knowledge and skills

It is important to have a basic interest in mathematics as well as information technology and databases.

You can get an optimal start in your studies through the preparatory courses in mathematics and computer science (offered once a year, in September) and the orientation phase, which takes place in October, a week before the semester begins. Orientation includes a greeting, a chance to get to know each other, and an introduction to the course of studies and its timetable.

Professional fields

Graduates of the Department of Statistics work primarily in medical and pharmaceutical research, in banking and insurance, or in marketing and quality control for both large and small companies. Other popular areas of work include management consulting, software development, and market and opinion research. Unemployment is practically unknown among our graduates.

The possible uses of statistics are constantly expanding, and compared to the situation in Great Britain or the United States, where there are dozens of statistics departments and tens of thousands of trained statisticians, the potential for employment in Germany is far from exhausted. Especially for experts in data science, huge areas of activity are opening up due to the constant increase in the amount of data in all areas of business, science, and everyday life.


Further information

The wide-ranging Bachelor's program enables students to select and properly apply appropriate methods to solve practical problems in business and industry, as well as in all applied sciences. It also allows graduates to continue their studies to a Master's degree in Data Science or another empirically oriented field, and on to a doctoral degree, for example in statistics.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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