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DATA ENGINEERING

 


Master of Science - Graduate Program

Data Engineering - The Program

The graduate program in Data Engineering offers a fascinating and profound insight into the methods and technologies of this rapidly growing area.

The program combines big data aspects of “Data Analytics” as well as of “Data Science” with the technological challenges of data acquisition, curation, and management.

Thus, the program provides the essentials for paving the way to a successful career: computer skills and mathematical understanding paired with practical experience in selected application fields. The Data Engineering program attracts students with diverse career goals, backgrounds, and prior work experience.

Therefore, the program offers four focus tracks within which the students can choose to specialize further: Computer Science, Geo-Informatics, Bio-Informatics, and Business & Supply Chain Engineering. These tracks are a preparation for the Advanced Projects within the Discovery Area and the Master Thesis.

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Career Perspectives

Demand for Data Engineers is massive. Typical fields of work encompass the finance sector, the automotive and health industry as well as retail and telecommunications.
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Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)

Tuition:

€ 20,000 per academic year

Scholarships:

All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 12,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)

Duration:

2 years full-time

 

Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

Program

Today we are “drowning in data and starving for information” while acknowledging that “data is the new gold”. However, deriving value from all the data now available requires a transformation in data analysis, in how we see, maintain, share and understand data.

Data Engineering is an emerging profession concerned with the task of acquiring large collections of data and extracting insights from them. It is driving the next generation of technological innovation and scientific discovery, which is expected to be strongly data-driven.

The program is embedded in the “Mobility” focus area at Jacobs University. This focus area investigates the mobility of people, goods, and information. Even though the Data Engineering program is centered in “Mobility”, it includes contributions from and supports applications in the two other research foci: Health (bioactive substances), and Diversity (in modern societies).

Four program tracks to allow specialization:
Moreover, the Data Engineering program attracts students with diverse career goals, backgrounds, and prior work experience. Therefore, the program offers four focus tracks within which the students can choose to specialize further:

  • Computer Science,
  • Geo-Informatics,
  • Bio-Informatics
  • Business & Supply Chain Engineering.

These tracks are a preparation for the Advanced Projects within the Discovery Area and the Master Thesis.

Computer Science Track: In particular, Computer Science provides students with the skills to go beyond a mere usage of existing toolboxes and to develop innovative data analysis techniques of their own design.

Geo-Informatics Track: It gives students an introduction to Geographic Information System techniques, principles of spatial analysis, and data mining with integration of remote sensing and GPS. It thereby provides an early exposure to earth science data and its handling.

Bioinformatics Track and the analysis of biomedical data: Integration and model-based interpretation of high-throughput data are severe bottlenecks in biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Data Engineering prepares students for the novel computational challenges in these fields.

Business & Supply Chain Engineering Track: Students can also choose the specialization track in Business & Supply Chain Engineering. A vast amount of data is collected as part of business processes in particular along supply chains. In this specialization track, students will concentrate on the full data analysis cycle including pre-processing of data, data analysis and deployment of model results within the business process.

Study program structure

TARGET GROUP

The Data Engineering graduate program is targeted towards students who have completed their BSc in areas like computer science, physics, applied mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, communications engineering or related disciplines, and who want to deepen their knowledge and proceed to research-oriented work towards a master or ultimately a PhD degree.

Teaching approach

The program aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the essential aspects of data-based decision making and the skills required to apply and implement these powerful methods in a successful and responsible manner. Apart from the necessary programming skills, this comprises:

  • Methods of data acquisition both from the internet and from sensors;
  • Methods to efficiently store and access data in large and distributed data bases;
  • Statistical model building including a wide range of data mining methods, signal processing, and machine learning techniques;
  • Visualization of relevant information;
  • Construction and use of confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and sensitivity analyses;
  • The legal foundations of Data Engineering;
  • Scientific qualification;
  • Competence to take up a qualified employment in Data Engineering;
  • Competence for responsible involvement in society;
  • Personal growth.

Rankings

THE Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany

CHE Ranking 2019 Jacobs University achieved top results in numerous other areas of the CHE ranking 2019. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.

Students & Alumni

I think this is a degree with a promising future – whether it is in industry or research.

Moises Daniel Garcia Rojas

FOCUS AREA MOBILITY
Understanding the worldwide flow of people, goods, and information is important in today’s globalized world. Information influences the life of the individual and the cohesion of societies and cultures in many different ways.
Department Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
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Email: graduateadmission [at] jacobs-university.de

 


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