Data Science Lab


Master of Data Science for Public Policy (MDS)


  • The Data Science Lab offers courses specialized in the Master of Data Science for Public Policy programme at the Hertie School. 
  • Our courses equip students and young professionals with the technical skills and broad understanding of the data and AI challenges facing governments, and international organisations, as well as in the private and civil society sectors;
  • Our courses are interdisciplinary, applied and innovative, and our faculty are internationally renowned.
  • Alongside our courses, we also offer an annual Data Science Summer School, the CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series and other workshops and tutorials.

Research consulting service

The Data Science Lab's research consulting service offers help and advice on methodological and/or technical issues that appear in the course of your research. The service is mostly focused on questions of research design, quantitative measurement and statistical inference, computational tools (particularly R and text analysis), as well as data or results visualisation. However, we are also happy to weigh in on other types of question if you think that would be useful. If in doubt, just drop us an email and ask.

Mentoring for students

  • We offer regular mentoring and networking events featuring external experts, Hertie School staff and alumni in the data science and AI space. Through these informal discussions, the guests offer advice on lessons learned, key contacts and networks. They share career insights to assist students in furthering their professional development goals and help find exciting internship positions and jobs after graduating.
  • Our Lab also invites and involves practitioners in courses for hands-on learning experiences. 
  • We provide advice and guidance to students throughout their studies at Hertie.
  • Our faculty and academic staff mentor doctoral students, help them publish their academic work and encourage them to attend academic workshops, summer schools and conferences

Course offerings from the Data Science Lab