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Careers for Data Scientists in Germany



Mithila Ghuge

IUBH Alumna

Did you know Germany is the #1 country when it comes to innovation in the entire world?  Pursue your master’s degree in Data Science in the hotspot of tech ecosystems in 2022. With the drastic digitization of businesses, Germany has a great demand when it comes to Data Science and complementary fields. Apple, Google, Zalando, Bayer, PwC, BASF and many more tech-driven organizations are increasingly hiring Data Scientists.


Talking points of the webinar:

1. Why study Data Science in IU Germany?

2. Understand the German job market and robust economy

3. Building a Career in Tech, R&D, Data Science & Engineering 

4. Post-study work opportunities in Germany


Germany is one of the favorite choices among students to pursue a course in data science. The fourth-largest economy in the world, Germany is a hotspot of the tech ecosystem. There are multiple benefits that the country has to offer, quality education being one of them. IU International University of Applied Science(IU) is one of the renowned universities in Germany, offering courses in various fields. 

Data Science is one of the programs that IU offers. In collaboration with upGrad Abroad, a data science program is offered where a student can study some part of the course online and complete the remaining program directly on-campus. With this hybrid model, the students can save time and money and get that additional time to plan their academics and manage their living expenses financially abroad. Data Science is used in multiple domains; hence, students from varied backgrounds can opt for this course. Data Science from Germany is a sought-after course among students; therefore, to answer the students' queries, upGrad Abroad hosted a live webinar for students interested in pursuing Data Science from Germany. The webinar speakers are Mithila Ghuge, an IU University of Applied Science, Germany alumni, and Praneet Singh, Head of UG Business, upGrad Abroad.


Here are questions that the students asked and the speakers answered:

Q: How is the field of data science different for someone from a non-technical background and technical background? What is the job market for data science professionals in Germany?

A: The curriculum of the data science program by upGrad Abroad is designed to offer subjects with technical knowledge. The syllabus is designed per real-world scenarios, and students learn the industrial subjects that help them in their careers. In Germany, the relevant background is not much needed; however, a candidate's skill sets and knowledge is judged to help build a career in the field. Your technical or non-technical background does not affect your job prospects in the country. With upGrad Abroad’s curriculum, the students get a chance to learn data science skills and build their work experience in the field. They can gain relevant technical expertise, have experience and complete their modules before moving to IU’s campus in Germany. 

Q. What should I opt for – an MS in Data Science or a Master’s in computer science with Data Science as a specialization?

A. If you have decided that you want to build your career in Data Science, then go for MS in Data Science. However, suppose you are still confused and want to explore the IT field and choose varied options like software testing, software development, or Python. In that case, you can select Data Science as an MS in Computer Science specialization. 


Q. What is an average salary package after completing an MS in Data Science in Germany?

A. Whatever IT field you choose, you will get a minimum blue card salary package in your first job, which is approximately € 43,400. However, there have been examples where people have got a job offer of € 55,000 after pursuing their Data Science course with upGrad. 

Q. What is the approximate cost of the MS in Data Science program offered by upGrad Abroad?

A. The upGrad Abroad’s program costs about ₹ 2 Lakhs in India and ₹ 8-9 lakhs in Germany. Hence, the total course fee is about ₹ 10-11 Lakhs.

Q. How many working hours are allowed for students in Germany?

A. You can work for 20-hours a week, part-time. During the internship phase, you can utilize the 20-hour per week by working full-time for six months and then focusing on your studies for the next six months.  

Q. What is the difference between a Technical University (TU) and IU University of Applied Sciences (IU)?

A. In Germany, a Technical University (TU) is a public university while IU is a private university. The degree from IU will be a dual degree and a German degree. TU is not as flexible as IU in terms of allowing part-time jobs and course completion. Moreover, the curriculum at IU is more industry-driven, making the graduates more employable than at other universities. 

Q. Is the German language an essential requirement in Germany?

A. To work in Germany, it is not a criterion. Not knowing the German language should not be a barrier in your career. But it is always better to have basic knowledge and acquaintance with regular language vocabulary for everyday communication. However, most people speak English, so communication is not that tough. 


Q. Is it easy to get a visa for Germany?

A. upGrad Abroad will assist you with your visa application. It is one of the major salient features that upGrad Abroad offers with our courses. We try to complete the visa application five to six months in advance so that the students have enough time to earn the ECTS credits.

Q. Is there a hostel facility at IU?

A. No university, whether public or private, offers a hostel facility. However, there are students’ dorms set up by the government. Students from any university can apply for their stay in these dorms. They are available at a reasonable price of approximately 300 Euros a month. 

Q. How relevant is this domain five years from now, and would there be a large amount of employability?

A. In the next ten years, the Data Science field will grow exponentially. Data is generated everywhere; hence, the field will grow and open multiple career opportunities for professionals. 


Q. Does upGrad Abroad offer any scholarships?

A. Yes, if you are a good student, upGrad will provide you with a waiver with some terms and conditions. Also, the government and universities offer you scholarships. Team upGrad will assist you in the same as well. 



upGrad Abroad in collaboration with the IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany, is offering a master's degree program in data science. The blended program allows students to save up to INR 20 lakh on overall costs. The students will study the first online from IU Germany and move directly to campus in the second year. Data science is a booming career option, and the students can increase their career prospects in Germany. The average starting salary of a data science graduate is about 43,000 Euros.

Key Questions Answered

Q. What is the difference between 120 ECT degrees and 60 ECT degrees?

120 ECT is a two-year degree, and 60 ECT is a one-year degree.

Q. Is GRE/GMAT required for studying in Germany?

With upGrad Abroad, you do not need GRE/GMAT scores. 

Q. Will upGrad assist post-admission?

Yes. upGrad team will assist and support you at every step of your career.

Q. Is there a difference in the curriculum of the full-time on-campus course and the one taught in the blended model?

 There is no difference in the curriculum for these courses. It remains the same. 

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