Knowledge is the central factor in modern society. Smart chips help companies to keep track of goods and to manage supplies and stocks. The usability of new hi-tech communication devices, such as cell phones, navigation instruments and digital cameras, is greatly enhanced by intelligent software. Electronic banking and e-commerce heavily rely on real-time access to large databases and require high security protocols for information exchange. Medical and biological engineering helps medical doctors arrive quickly at an accurate diagnosis, and is now opening up exciting new possibilities for personalised medicine.

The 3-year bachelor's programme Data Science and Knowledge Engineering is an excellent preparation for a career in research, as well as in businesses. It covers the broad area of ICT, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, data science and computer science.

DKE is also proud to offer the Master in Artificial Intelligence and the Master in Data Science for Decision Making. Both master's programmes have an outstanding reputation in research, as well as in business. Our graduates have no problems in finding a nice and suitable job. As a matter of fact, a lot of students already find their job well before they actually graduate.

Apart from entering a complete programme, you can also choose to just take some modules. UM students from other education programmes can of course enroll for DKE modules or even minors anytime.

DKE - Student Handbook 2018-2019

This study guide provides information on the educational programme of the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE).

Teaching Method

Project-Centred Learning (PCL) is a teaching method used in all of the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering’s programmes. Students study in small groups, and the knowledge that is gained is applied to projects linked to the curriculum. The results of these projects are presented to teachers and fellow students. Projects have included:

 intelligent search engines
 vision recognition systems
 traffic simulation
 analysis of ECGs
 interactive mathematics courses

Skills training
Next to working on project the PCL education system incorporates a number of important skills. These skills include working in teams, interview techniques, project planning and presentation techniques. Each of these skills will be important to future employers.

Diploma supplement

Maastricht University issues a Diploma Supplement (DS) for its degree programmes. The DS is issued in English, given automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation.
The DS is an internationally recognized document attached to the diploma in which the nature, level, context, content and status of the successfully completed degree programme is evaluated independently, as stated in the certificate in question of which the DS forms an integral part. It is free from any value judgments and concerns exclusively the degree programme followed by the student. The aim of the Diploma Supplement is to stimulate international ‘transparency’ and recognition of certificates obtained at home or abroad. 
Click here for a specimen of a Grade list and the Diploma Supplement or visit the website of the European Commission for more information.