Big Data & Design

We believe that you, as a future specialist in any field, need to acquire the necessary skills to work with data. Employers are desperately looking for domain specialists with practical knowledge of data.

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During 1-week design crunches and projects next to in-depth classes, you will work on cases for real clients and your own start-up ideas. We will work from your background and motivation to use data in your context and focus on current technologies, look at future possibilities from a design, technical, business, and ethical point of view. You will learn basic programming in Python, which will help you feel comfortable when working with data and prototyping your concepts, but you do not need to be a hardcore computer scientist to do this! Companies in all domains are looking for go-getters with practical knowledge of data and skills to translate insights into solutions. What are you waiting for?

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Start date February, September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code JM-BSCEN-18
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

We create more than 2.5 trillion bytes of data every day. So much that more than 90% of the world's data has been created in the last 5 years. Increasingly our social interactions and culture are digitised. Even offline interactions leave digital traces. Think of traffic flows, your public transport card, e-reader or the use of smart energy meters. In addition, the number of ways and the speed with which we can analyse data is also increasing. With machine learning and data, we can automatically compile personal profiles. We can determine the sentiment of readers and/or viewers and we can make predictions of the future. However, it is still a challenge for organisations to analyse that data and use it strategically. How do you do that? And how do you handle privacy properly? And how do you design your concepts accordingly?

During this 30 ECTS programme you learn to work with data. You will learn to:

  1. critically examine the impact of data on our society.
  2. distinguish, analyse, and develop different (big) data-driven business models.
  3. collect, clean, analyse and visualise data from various sources through tools and basic programming.
  4. create, design and prototype innovative data-driven concepts and services.
  5. create and communicate insights, predictions and actions from data using basic machine learning techniques and statistics.

During this exchange programme you will learn all the steps of the data cycle: from collecting data to designing a service or product using data. You also learn about the impact of data on the world, companies, and the behavior of individuals. You learn to look critically at this and apply data (techniques) appropriately.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Bob Cruijsberg.

We distinguish 4 tracks which will come together in projects and design crunches. To prepare you for these projects and design crunches, you work on smaller assignments and take part in workshops, discussions, and lectures.

The 4 tracks are:

  • Data Business & Society track
  • Research with Data track
  • Data Technology track
  • Design for Data track

Please be aware that the tracks in this programme are interrelated and you will be assessed at the end of the semester in an oral assessment and portfolio.

In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

This minor is interesting for students with a background in:

  • communication
  • media
  • ICT
  • business
  • entrepreneurship
  • journalism

You will learn some basic computer programming that will help you feel comfortable and confident when working with data. In the past many non-technical students have successfully finished this programme.

There are no additional entry requirements.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Why choose HU?

  • Strengthen your professional profile with practical data skills

    Companies have an ever-growing need for business, communication and media specialists with a working understanding of data and the skills to translate them into policy. Following this programme will certainly strengthen your professional profile in this field.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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