DAS ETH in Data Science

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategoryComputer Science

Diploma of Advanced Studies

DAS programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification. They are aimed at university graduates who are working and wish to enhance their professional skills or specialise in a particular subject. They correspond to at least 30 ECTS credits and generally involve written project work or a thesis. They are organised in the form of block courses or courses on fixed days of the week and last one to two years.

Diploma of Advanced Studies

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Technology, Management & Innovation

The DAS ETH in Data Science is a one-year, part-time programme for professionals to strengthen their skills in the management, analysis and utilisation of complex data sets in courses and a final project.

Programme structure

Programme description

The interdisciplinary programme conveys knowledge across the fields of mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering. This includes all levels of abstraction of technologies relevant to data science, from hardware and electronics, clusters and networks, through big data systems, to machine learning, algorithms and statistics. It also offers insights into political, societal, legal, ethical and privacy aspects of data science.


The participants are taught how to under- stand and use complex data management (storage, querying, infrastructures, networks etc.) and analysis techniques (machine learning, statistics etc.) in order to utilise them in a broad range of applications.

Professional perspectives

Given the rapid growth of data and the need to analyse it, there is a critical skill shortage in the area of data science. Almost all sectors, including the public sector, need data scientists. Besides technical specialists, also executive staff members need a basic understanding of data science problems and opportunities for their organisations.

Programme structure

To complete the programme, a total amount of 35 to 45 ECTS has to be obtained, split over a foundations course (6 to 8 ECTS), a specialisation track (at least 12 ECTS), further courses to choose from a list, and a capstone project (8 ECTS).

Additional information

The DAS programme contains foundations courses, flexibility of specialisation in advanced topics and a capstone project, which provides hands-on experience.
The following specialisation tracks are currently offered:
  • Hardware for Machine Learning
  • Image Analysis and Computer Vision
  • Neural Information Processing
  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Systems

    The students must apply for a starting semester in which the chosen foundations course is offered.

    Tuition languages

    English: 100 %


    Diploma of Advanced Studies ’DAS ETH in Data Science’

    Credit points

    35-45 ECTS credits

    Target group and requirements

    Target group

    Professionals with a strong background in computer science or mathematics who wish to obtain an in-depth knowledge in data science. This includes engineers and executive staff members from the industry or the public sector who need in-depth knowledge in data science.


    Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH in computer science, data science, mathematics, statistics, physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or in a related field or equivalent educational qualifications; existing work experience.

    Required language skills

    English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

    Examination languages


    Time and place


    Every Autumn and Spring Semester


    1 year, part-time (1050 hours. The workload can be spread, on request, on up to two years)

    Application period

    01.01.-31.05. for Autumn Semester, 01.07.-31.10. for Spring Semester


    ETH Zurich

    Tuition fee

    CHF 12,000

    Deregistration fee

    From 30 days after admission: CHF 4,000



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    Questions about the application

    ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-18.5, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

    Application documents

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    Additional application documents

    Besides the general application documents you need to 1) provide a complete study plan proposal that indicates the specialisation track and the courses you plan to take and when, as part of your application material. Ideally, a study plan should be designed over 2 semesters in order to keep a buffer of 2 more semesters in case of having to repeat an exam. A study plan over 3 semesters is also possible; exceptions beyond 3 semesters can only be made on request, in which case a motivation regarding this must be provided with your application.
    2) fill all the information on the admissions form; in particular, be sure to write between 150 and 250 words regarding your motivation to attend this programme, as we are interested in learning more about your background and goals.

    Optionally, you can also
    3) submit a resume
    4) submit references or reference letters
    5) submit a language certificate (C1)

    Incomplete applications may be rejected or processed at our own discretion. We reserve ourselves the right to postpone an application to the next possible semester if the chosen foundations course is not offered in the semester applied for.


    Programme management

    Professor Joachim Buhmann, D-INFK (Programme Co-Director), Professor Helmut Bölcskei, D-ITET (Programme Co-Director), Professor Marloes H. Maathuis, D-MATH (Programme Co-Director) and Dr Ghislain Fourny (Programme Manager)


    ETH Zurich, Dr Ghislain Fourny, CAB E 75, Universitätstrasse 6, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 31 55 ,
    das-in-data-science [a] inf[.]ethz[.]ch

    Responsible body

    ETH Zurich, Department of Computer Science (D-INFK), Department of Mathematics (D-MATH), Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET), Swiss Data Science Center


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