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Master Data Science

This Master program provides a high level theoretical and practical 2 year curriculum in the new and trending domain of data science. It includes an ensemble of courses, lab sessions, research projects and internships.

Data Science. This Data Science Master will give you solid foundations in Mathematics (statistics, probability, optimization), computer science (algorithms, complexity, databases) as a basis for a very high knowledge on machine learning and applications (signal and image processing, graphs & networks...).

Internships. Students will spend several months in interships every year. Internships will take place in R&D departments or in academic research labs. They are part of this 2 year program.

University & Grandes Ecoles. This Master program is supported by the University of Lille (3 Departments: computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering) as well as 2 renowned engineering schools (Grandes Ecoles): Centrale Lille and IMT Nord Europe.

Lille is an exceptional place to study Machine Learning thanks to its major research teams in the domain (Magnet, Scool, Sigma, Modal among many others). High level courses, international seminars and lectures by researchers will give you the opportunity to learn research by doing research and get prepared for a great carreer in R&D departments or in academic research labs.

The first year is called M1. Details about the first year are available on this page.

The second year is called M2. Details about the second year are available on this page.

Applications

Applications are open for both the first year and second year of the master. The application process depends on the targeted year and the profile of the student. Detailed information about the application process for each year is provided on the pages below:

Students who validate the first year of the Master are automatically admitted in second year.

Cost of studies

Students from the European union: The tuition is 243€/year.

Students from other countries: The regular tuition is 3770€/year. However, foreign students registering to a Master at University of Lille for the first time pay a discounted tuition of 243€/year. This discounted fee applies to both the first and second year of the Master.

In additional to the University tuition, all students must pay a national fee of about 100€/year (called CVEC).

Scholarships

Students accepted to the Master in Data science may benefit from scholarships from different sources:

  • University of Lille, through the Graduate Programme IKS,
  • Chaire IA Sherlock, a research and training programme held by the head of the Master,
  • the French government through the Eiffel programme.

Each type of scholarships has its own conditions, which are detailed below.

Scholarships from different sources cannot be cumulated. Please note that a scholarship cannot cover all the costs of studying and living in France. If you intend to join the Master, please plan your budget carefully.

Scholarships from the Graduate Programme IKS

Two types of scholarships are available through the graduate programme IKS.

  • Academic scholarship: Academic scholarships provide financial support to students over the academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on the academic records of the student. The scholarship is awarded for one year. The amount of the scholarship is 4,000€ for students already living in France, and 8,000€ for students relocating to France.
  • Mobility scholarship: Mobility scholarships provide financial support to students who plan to do their internship abroad. The scholarship is awarded based on academic records and the internship project. The amount of the scholarship depends on the specifics of the internship project.
Graduate programme IKS scholarships are open to first year and second year students. The scholarships are awarded for one year. Students who benefited from a scholarship during their first year of Master can apply for another for the second year; the renewal of a scholarship is possible, but it is not guaranteed.

How to apply?

  • Student already enrolled in the Master: Several calls for applications for both types of scholarships will be sent by the graduate programme throughout the academic year.
  • Prospective students: The call for academic scholarships will be sent to students applying to the Master during the admission phase (second semester). The scholarship will be awarded only upon admission and attendance to the Master.

Scholarships from the Chaire IA Sherlock

Two types of scholarships are available through Sherlock.

  • Academic scholarship: Academic scholarships provide financial support to students over the academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on the academic records of the student. The scholarship is awarded for one year. The amount of the scholarship is 3,500€.
  • Mobility scholarship: Mobility scholarships provide financial support to students who plan to do their internship abroad. The scholarship is awarded based on academic records and the internship project. The amount of the scholarship depends on the specifics of the internship project.
Sherlock scholarships are open to first year and second year students. The scholarships are awarded for one year. Students who benefited from a scholarship during their first year of Master can apply for another for the second year; the renewal of a scholarship is possible, but it is not guaranteed.

How to apply?

  • Student already enrolled in the Master: Several calls for applications for both types of scholarships will be sent by the graduate programme throughout the academic year.
  • Prospective students: The call for academic scholarships will be sent to students applying to the Master during the admission phase (second semester). The scholarship will be awarded only upon admission and attendance to the Master.

Eiffel scholarships

Eiffel scholarships are highly selective scholarships awarded to foreign students by the French government. Applications to Eiffel scholarships must be done through the University of Lille. To apply to an Eiffel scholarship to attend the Master in Data science, you must:
  1. Send your application file to the administrative manager of the Master. Deadline: End of October (for an admission in the master the next year).
  2. Apply to the Master through the procedure that fits your situation (see admission details on this page).
Application files must contain:
  1. A complete CV.
  2. A cover letter stating why you want to join the Master and what is your professional project.
  3. All available transcripts of grades of your current and previous higher education studies.
  4. A certificate of your level of English.
  5. If possible, recommendation letters from some of your professors.
General information about Eiffel scholarships are available on the website of the Eiffel program.

Research

The Master in Data science aims at training scientists ready to join research groups in academia or the private sector, and preparing students interested in pursuing a PhD in data science or a related field. In addition to in-depth theorical and practical courses, the programme offers to students a number of activities to develop research-specific skills.

Research projects

Each student will perform two individual research projects during their Master, one each year of the programme.

Research projects are advised by one or several researchers (faculty members, permanent researchers, or PhD students) from local academic labs and address a current open question in research in data science or a closely related field. Projects may include theoretical analysis, empirical work, and the development of research tools. Topics for research projects are provided by prospective advisors, or can be proposed by students in accordance with an advisor.

Projects are done from October to March (second year) or April (first year) and amount for about 150 hours of work each year.

Seminars

Students attend seminars featuring researchers from academia or the private and addressing hot topics in the field of data science, from either a theoretical or a practical perspective. Students from both years attend the same seminars. Twelve seminars are organized every year, on average.

Environment

The Master in Data Science is delivered jointly by University of Lille and two Engineering Schools (French "Grandes Écoles"): Centrale Lille and IMT Nord Europe.

The Master is a member of the graduate programme Information and Knowledge Society (IKS) of University of Lille. The graduate programme IKS offers a unique multi-discplinary research environment to students, and can support them through scholarships and international mobility grants.

The master benefits from the research environment offered by several local academic research labs that host several teams active in the field of data science:

The Master involves faculty members from University of Lille, Centrale Lille, and IMT Nord Europe, as well as permanent researchers from INRIA and CNRS.

After the Master in Data Science

Students graduating from the master are trained to work in private companies and public institutions as:

  • Data scientist,
  • Data engineer,
  • Data analyst,
or any other position related to data science.

As a research-oriented program, the Master in Data science also prepares students to pursue PhD studies in data science and related fields. So far, about 40% of graduates entered a PhD program after their Master.

Here are some companies where our alumni work:

  • Red Hat
  • Air France
  • Siemens Gamesa
  • Amazon EU
  • Sia Partners
  • Boulanger
  • WayKonect
  • Craft.ai
  • Trayvisor
  • Reply Belgium
  • Epsiline
  • Spendesk
  • Fieldbox
  • MP Data
  • Sophia Genetics

And here are some labs and companies were our alumni work(ed) on their Ph.D. theses:

  • Vade / INRIA Lille
  • Orange / INRIA Univ. Côte d'Azur
  • LISN, Univ. Paris Saclay
  • ICube, Univ. Strasbourg
  • CRIStAL / CNRS / Univ. Lille
  • INRIA Lille
  • INRIA Rennes
  • IMT Nord Europe

Heads of the Master program

Head of the Master: Pierre Chainais (Centrale Lille)

Head of the first year (M1): Pierre Tirilly (Univ. Lille)

Head of the second year (M2): Marius Bilasco (Univ. Lille)

Administration

Administrative manager: Laura Sanchez (Univ. Lille)

If you have any questions regarding the Master in Data science, please contact the administrative manager.