Data Science Track - EIT Digital Master School

Since September 2020, the University of Rennes offers a Master's in Data Science for the EIT Digital Master School.

Data Science

Within EIT Digital’s philosophy, the Master programme must be followed in two different partner universities : one for the entry point, and one for the exit point. The partner universities can be found here.

Skills taught in the Data Science curriculum

The entry year in Rennes is dedicated to teaching students the basic knowledge to manipulate, store, and analyse data. Our exit year focuses on artificial intelligence methods in general, and data mining in particular, to address the challenges of business intelligence. Those challenges include numerous tasks that are covered by our courses, such as preprocessing and storing decisional data in data warehouses, managing Big Data in the cloud, learning models and perform inferences, mining knowledge out of data, and visualizing both data and learned knowledge. The focus is put on the data science methodology rather on the arcane details of specific methods, although the courses will bring fundamental knowledge about the main AI & data mining methods.

The students will learn to analyse business intelligence problems, and to make the appropriate choices among the numerous existing methods and tools. They will also learn to conduct the data science workflows, and to analyse the results in cooperation with domain experts. At University of Rennes, we have already built for decades a strong enterprise culture where students acquire competencies for communicating with non-IT domain experts, especially in business. Those competencies are highly valued and recognized by companies, which are also involved in the continuous improvement committee of the existing cursus on which this master is founded.

A team of experienced and well recognized instructors

Our specialisation is backed by IRISA, one of the biggest computer science research lab in France with 800 people. Two research departments and 12 research groups are related to data science. Most teachers in the master are also researchers in one of those groups, ensuring quickly evolving course contents.

A training program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The EIT Data Science curriculum includes a program that ideally prepares students to spot opportunities for new high-tech products and successfully bring them to the market. A course on the fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Business Development Labs and a Summer School program are vital parts of this module. The EIT Centre in Rennes also organizes frequent meetings with entrepreneurs and industry professionals.


The Data Science master program is proposed in two different tracks:

The EIT Digital master school is a joint initiative by leading universities in Europe. Students from this program will spend their two study years in two different European universities. They will receive a double master degree as well as an EIT Digital certificate, documenting the specific EIT Digital learning outcomes. The universities participating in this program can be found here.

The Data Science program of University of Rennes is a two-year program located in Rennes, France. Students will follow exactly the same set of courses as students from the EIT Digital master school, except that they will spend their two study years in Rennes. They will receive a Master degree in Data Science from the University of Rennes.




The courses are offered in the frame of the EIT Digital Master School Data Science program. Students can choose to follow the program through the EIT Digital Master School or the University of Rennes.

EIT Digital Master School

  • Two-year studies in English in two different European universities
  • Two degrees from both universities and a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • An internship at a company or a research institute
  • Participation in a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School and a Graduation Ceremony
  • Benefit from the EIT Digital business and alumni community

You will become one of Europe's finest digital innovators and entrepreneurs, and get to join an extraordinary ecosystem of entrepreneurs, companies, students and alumni across the world.

First period opens on November 1st and closes on February 8th, 2024.
Second period opens on February 12th and closes on April 11th (17h00 CET).

Scholarships : EU students admitted to University of Rennes will receive a half tuition fee waiver for the Entry or Exit year spent at University of Rennes

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You do not need to do your application all at once. You can save your progress and sign back in anytime. You can access the list of required documents for your application here. Please note that although we try to be flexible, incomplete applications will not be processed.
Please, do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about the programs and all the help we can provide you to candidate to this programs: eit-isticatuniv-rennes [dot] fr

Curriculum manager: Sébastien Ferré sebastien [dot] ferreatuniv-rennes [dot] fr