Master’s Programme in Decision analysis and Data science, 120 credits

About the education

We run into decision problems almost everywhere, and a proper handling of them is fundamental for a well-functioning society. Decisions that are not thought through and made by gut feeling often lead to unfavourable consequences. In this programme you will learn how to handle decision situations in a systematic way so that preferred consequences are probable.

You will be made familiar with all the stages in decision making, from selecting, gathering and processing background information, structuring of the problem and assessing the consequences to making the actual decision based on rational principles.

The programme has two tracks: data science or decision and risk analysis. In the first year you will learn about both subject areas and in the second year you will specialise in either one.

The data science track covers how to extract knowledge from data by, for example, machine learning, big data analytics, data mining and time series. In terms of the decision making process, this is the beginning, where the bases for decisions are found.

The decision and risk analysis track focuses on the later stages such as finding, evaluating and choosing alternatives but also how to deal with uncertain factors such as subjective values and future outcomes. You will also learn to spot the difference between rational and irrational arguments for decisions.

Subject: Computer and Systems Sciences

Information technology gives us new opportunities, and affects more and more parts of our daily lives. Boundless communication, advanced computers and software allows us to create new professional roles, societal services, business ideas and companies. Computer and systems science is a multidisciplinary subject that covers all areas where computers and information technology (IT) are used by people, groups or organizations. The programmes and courses lead to a variety of professions and professional roles, such as the use of IT in businesses, computer security, systems development, programming, web design, database construction, IT for publishing, entertainment or education.

Computer science is the technical part of the subject. The education gives therefore knowledge of computers, programming, data communications and data processing. Systems science contains two closely related areas. One area is the interaction between IT, people and organizations. The second includes models and tools to analyze and design systems that include both technology and people.

För grundutbildningarna behövs inga tekniska förkunskaper om datorer, däremot bör man tycka om problemlösning, vara kreativ och ha lätt för att kommunicera i tal och skrift. Data- och systemvetenskap kan med fördel kombineras med andra ämnen, som t ex psykologi, pedagogik, lingvistik, juridik eller företagsekonomi. För en grundlig utbildning i data- och systemvetenskap väljer du något av våra kandidatprogram. Det finns flera olika program för att matcha olika behov och intressen. Har du förkunskaper inom ämnet kan du i stället välja ett mastersprogram som fördjupning.

For the basic courses no technical knowledge of the computers is needed. You should however like solving problems, being creative can easily communicate in speech and writing. Computer and systems science can also be combined with other subjects, such as psychology, linguistics, law or business economics. For a thorough training in computer and systems science, select one of our bachelor programmes. There are several different programmes to match different needs and interests. If you have previous knowledge of the subject, you can instead choose a master programme as a specialization

          

The Department of Computer and Systems, DSV, belongs to both Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology. This dual membership means you can choose from a rich selection courses with different focus and content.

Area of interest: Computer and Systems Sciences

Do you want to develop the information technology, computers and mobile phones of the future? Computer and Systems Sciences is an interdisciplinary area of interest of which programming is an important part. It also covers the interaction between human beings, computers and organizations.

Computer and Systems Sciences offers plenty of opportunity to find a profession that suits you, regardless of whether you want to develop and design games or business systems, work within programming or try to create the perfect interaction between a computer and a human being.

Department responsible for education

Department of Computer and Systems Sciences