The Africa Data Science Intensive (DSI) program is a hands-on skills training data science course based on solving real-world problems.

Improve your skills and launch your career

Big Data, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence are driving a revolution around the world as companies rush to take advantage of their data and turn it into a competitive advantage. However there is a shortage of skilled data scientists and managers worldwide and this shortage is much worse in Africa.
In this program, participants will master the data science process, from statistics and data wrangling, to advanced topics like machine learning and data storytelling, by working on real projects.

Exposure to the latest algorithms and techniques in data science

covering topics in Big Data (BD), Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Under the expert guidance of our team of PhDs and MBAs

as lecturers and tutors, you will receive a mix of lectures and tutorials covering the core aspects of data science.

Team work

the majority of your time will be spent working in small teams to solve real-world problems, giving you deep, hands-on experience with cutting edge algorithms while equipping you with the skills to contribute effectively as part of a dynamic, agile team.

Emphasis on real-world skills

including management of data science projects; cleaning of data; and business problem solving skills.

The solutions you generate

will be presented to industry experts who will give real feedback, helping further sharpen your readiness for the real world.

Networking events

giving you the opportunity to network with potential employers.

Program details


Honours, Master’s or PhD in Science, Engineering or Mathematics or equivalent industry experience.


January to May 2022 (Exact dates TBC)


Cape Town


11 weeks (3 x 3-week online modules and
1 x 2-week workshop in Cape Town)


Full awards covering course tuition and travel and living expenses to attend the 2-week workshop are available for qualifying African students.


Closing date for applications is
30 September 2021.

This program is based on more than 22 highly successful workshops run using the same model and philosophy over the past decade.

The course made me think of Data in a whole new light, I will be looking to put into practice what I learned."

The facilitators' ability to link the data science concepts and components of theory into practice made attending this workshop very worthwhile."

The practical outcomes - working code and real insight into actual projects - was what I enjoyed most about the workshop."