More detailed information on the curriculum
First and second semester
During the first semester every MSc SEDS student takes the introductory module Introduction to Computational Methods for the Social Sciences (9 ECTS).
During your first and second semester you will also take introductory (bachelor) classes in the module Foundations of Data Science. Depending on the study focus in your Bachelor's program, you select classes totalling at least 18 ECTS. After the second semester every MSc SEDS student will have covered the following focus areas with at least one course (including the recognized courses from the admission requirements).
Focus Area Computer Science
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
- Data Visualization (summer semester)
- Konzepte der Informatik in combination with Programmierkurs I (winter and summer semester)
Focus Area Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics or Computer and Information Sciences
- Diskrete Mathematik und Logik (winter semester)
- Analysis und Lineare Algebra (summer semester)
- Datenmathematik (winter semester)
- Mathematik für Wirtschaftswissenschaftler I (winter semester)
- Lineare Algebra I (winter semester)
Focus Area Statistics
- Statistik (summer semester, Politics and Public Administration)
- Statistics 1 (winter semester, Psychology)
- Statistics I (summer semester, Economics)
- Statistik I (summer semester, Sociology)
Focus Area Social-scientific Methods
- Econometrics I (summer semester, Economics)
- Introduction to Survey Methodology (winter semester, Politics and Public Administration)
- Research Design I: Research Design and Causal Inference (winter semester, Politics and Public Administration)
- Methoden der empirischen Politik- und Verwaltungsforschung (winter semester, Politics and Public Administration)
- Empirie: Quantitative Methoden (winter semester, Sociology)
- Methoden und Geschichte der Psychologie (winter semester, Psychology)
- Research Methods 2 (summer semester, Psychology)
Second and third semester
You continue your programme with advanced courses from 4 modules:
1. Module Advanced Methods: Computer Science (18 ECTS)
Example classes: Big Data Management and Analysis, Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen & Programmierkurs II, Datenbanksysteme
2. Module Advanced Methods: Statistics (18 ECTS)
Example classes: Probability Theory and Statistical Inference, Advanced Econometrics, Microeconometrics, Research Design II: Statistical Modelling and Inference
3. Module Programming and Scripting (12 ECTS)
Example classes: Data Analysis with R, Programmierkurs I, II and III
4. Module Social Science Applications (18 ECTS)
Example classes/projects: Computational Social Science Seminar, Advanced Data Challenge Seminar, research project from the participating departments (DSP), internship
Further information regarding the DSP and internship can be found here.
You will complete a colloquium (3 ECTS) and your Master’s thesis (24 ECTS, writing time: 4 months).
Further information can be found here.
Supplementary program "ADILT Certificate"
Advanced Data and Information Literacy (ADILT)
All students at the University of Konstanz can supplement their studies either with courses on the basics of computer science and data processing methods or with courses on their legal foundations and reflection on their social relevance. If at least 30 ECTS are earned according to certain rules, participants receive the ADILT certificate. The ADILT certificate documents comprehensive skills and wide-ranging competencies in the field of data and information literacy.
The SEDS master's degree program covers all required credits in the fundamentals and application of data processing methods and can be supplemented with courses from the Centre of Transferable Skills, such as Digitization and Law, Privacy/GDPR, Data Philosophy, Critical Media Literacy, and many others. The only mandatory course for the certificate is the ADILT Lecture Series, which features a variety of presentations on research, practical applications, and career opportunities.
The ADILT Lecture Series is recommended as an introduction, but all courses can be taken in any order during the course of studies. Creditable courses from previous bachelor studies at the University of Konstanz can be counted towards the certificate, for students with undergraduate studies at other universities there are special credit offers.