Data Science & Knowledge Engineering

Data Science and Knowledge Engineering

Did you program your first app while you were still in kindergarten? Are you married to your laptop? And are you always looking for logical patterns? Then perhaps you have the DNA of a knowledge engineer. In this bachelor's programme, you'll study logic, intelligent search, and machine learning. You'll collect and organise relevant information using mathematics and smart computer techniques. You also use models and computers for data analysis. The ultimate objective is to develop user-friendly software and intelligent systems for - among others - healthcare, IT, robotics and commercial gaming. Upon graduation, you can look forward to a promising career, as data scientists and knowledge engineers are in high demand.

This programme is taught by the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering.

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What's it like to study at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering? Find out through the online tour, featuring in-depth information about our teaching method, our favourite memories of the past year, the opportunity to talk to students, a building tour, snacks and more.

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Education at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year

We are busily preparing for on-site education taking into account all COVID-19-related preventive measures, as well as developing online options for students who cannot yet come to Maastricht due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Want to know more? Follow our preparations via our blog page.

  • I’ve always liked math, and when I am in a computer science class, I try to see the math behind things.
    Valentin Calomme, Data Science and Knowledge Engineering
  • One thing is certain: for me this is the best option!
    Maartje Stokvis, Data Science and Knowledge Engineering


  • Student doing maths

    European network to train new generation of mathematicians to model biology

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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  • LHCb experiment

    CERN’s LHCb experiment embraces graphics cards to sift through massive amounts of data

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Hundreds of graphics cards will power the LHCb detector’s initial data filter, which is tasked with selecting which particle collision events will be saved and studied at the Large Hadron Collider’s LHCb experiment. One of the driving forces behind the innovation is Dr. Daniel Cámpora. 

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  • Math at FSE

    €570.000 for mathematics to aid metastatic cancer treatment

    Monday, May 4, 2020
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  • PROCare4Life

    Artificial Intelligence to help look after patients with dementia

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Caring for elderly patients with dementia involves an ecosystem of caregivers. Technological solutions can complete the ecosystem, says Dr. Stelios Asteriadis, who will realize this vision over the next 3 years within the EU-funded project PROCare4Life.

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  • Lyrics to 'I write a Song'

    UM students compete in first international Artificial Intelligence Song Contest

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    The first international Artificial Intelligence Song Contest is currently taking place online. Even better – it includes a team of UM students and local musicians.

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  • Research into cybersecurity: Careful now…

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Apostolis Zarras, cybersecurity expert at UM’s Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE), talks about his research into cybersecurity, why humans are the weak link and – topically enough – malware attacks.

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  • Normal attendance at Master's Open Day despite coronavirus concerns

    Monday, March 9, 2020 Read more
  • LHCb experiment

    Maastricht officially admitted into LHCb experiment at CERN

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Maastricht University has been officially admitted into the LHCb experiment at CERN, starting January 2020. At the same time, the Faculty of Science and Engineering installed a new chair, prof. Marcel Merk, on collider physics into the newly founded research group.

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  • Marc Pont, alumnus Data Science for Decision Making

    "I’m surprised by the recentness of the knowledge that I gained"

    Monday, December 16, 2019

    Marc Pont, alumnus of the master's programme in Data Science for Decision Making, discusses the atmosphere, curriculum and job search.

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  • Master's Open Day November 2019

    Another Master’s Open Day success

    Monday, December 2, 2019

    Crisp but sunny and dry autumn weather helped Maastricht University to another successful Open Day on Saturday. The six faculties welcomed 1582 prospective master’s students looking to learn more about the programmes on offer.

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