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M.Sc. in Social Data Science & Policy is a postgraduate programme offered by the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. This programme is uniquely designed for students who are passionate about making a difference in the world and who want to learn to apply complex data science methods to inform policy and community decisions to solve social problems. 

This course, among the only of its kind in India, strategically blends the fields of Data Science, Social Science, and Public Policy to prepare graduates to take on global issues, especially sustainable development in the Global South. Students will engage with critical topics related to social theory, national and international policy, economics, and sustainable development as well as technical skills in machine learning, programming, and other advanced data collection, management, and analysis techniques.

Social data and policy studies are interrelated fields that involve the use of the latest data and analytical techniques to understand and address social issues. Social data science involves the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data from social sources, such as surveys, censuses and administrative records, in order to understand and address social issues. Concurrently, policy studies utilises multiple forms of data to analyse public policies and their impacts, as well as the development of strategies and recommendations for improving policies.

Social data science and policy studies intersect in the context of policy analysis and evaluation, where data and analytical techniques are used to understand the impacts and effectiveness of different policies and interventions. Both fields are relevant for a wide range of organisations and sectors that are focused on addressing social issues, including government agencies, non-profit organisations, businesses, and academia.

The programme is unique in that students will have the opportunity to conduct field work in India’s diverse village and urban settings, gaining valuable experience in applying their skills to real-world contexts. Further, there are opportunities to collaborate with high-profile organisations, industries, and government offices to ensure more opportunities for placements post-graduation.

Graduates are prepared for careers in Government ministries and departments, international organisations, research institutions, private companies and consultancies, etc. as:

Amrita Advantage

We are a new MSc. Programme under a well-established and internationally recognized School, with affiliation to India’s only UNESCO Chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (CWEGE) and AMMACHI Labs. We do innovative systems-oriented research and sustainable development initiatives that combine state-of-the-art technologies and data science with UNESCO-UNEVOC recognized best-practices in education and skill development. Under the leadership of the SSBS Advisory Committee, made up of renowned experts with multi-sectoral representation, this programme provides students with exposure and opportunities unique in India and around the world. Students will have an opportunity to join in nationally and internationally funded projects taking place across India where we work in the field with Indian villages, SC/ST communities, and vulnerable urban/peri-urban populations. To learn more about these exciting initiatives, please visit


The UNESCO Chair seeks to impact the individual, community and greater society through research, implementation and education.

In its fourth year, Amrita’s UNESCO Chair strives to promote international, inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities and collaborative work. It was in the fall of 2016 that Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University) and UNESCO inaugurated India’s first-ever Chair on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

Focus areas of UNESCO Chair:

The Center for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: where research meets action

The Center for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is a research-focused academic center for promoting gender equality and fostering women’s empowerment with a special focus on technology and other innovative methods. This center offers diverse courses on key focus areas, pilot radical ideas, and collaborate with leading universities and institutions to advance the initiatives. The center acts as a major resource center for the implementation of various development projects undertaken by Amrita University and its parent organization, MA Math.

The CWEGE mission is built upon the three pillars of education, implementation, and action research.

The CWEGE research agenda continues with a system’s thinking-based approach to mapping women’s vulnerabilities throughout rural India. The approach remains focused through the lens of six dimensions ((i) safety and security, (ii) economic vitality, (iii) education, (iv) political, social and cultural environment, (v) environmental quality and (vi) health), and how they intersect with the different context levels of women’s lives. Our primary focus over the last six months has been improving and refining our data collection strategies, engaging with subject matter experts in the areas outlined above in order to ensure quality of research, and planning an expansion of our original pilot field venture.

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  • Graduation in any discipline of Social Science, Social Work, Humanities, Data Science or Equivalent [With Background in Social or Data Sciences].

Admission Procedure

  • Apply Online
  • Interview
  • Get Provisional Admission
  • Update UG Marks
  • Verification of Marks
  • Confirmation of Admission
  • Accept
  • Pay Fee
  • Or Exit, the seat goes to the next person in the waiting list
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Selection Process

For admissions to postgraduate programs, performance in the following is taken into account.

  • Interview

Last Date of Application

30 th June 2024

Note: Those who are appearing for the qualifying undergraduate examinations in May/June 2024 can also apply and notify us of the results when declared.


Join the Excellence at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham!

Discover a world of multi-disciplinary, research-intensive education at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, a premier private university empowering over 24,000 vibrant students alongside a robust faculty of 1700+ experts. Accredited with the prestigious ‘A++’ grade by NAAC, Amrita offers an array of over 250 UG, PG, and Ph.D. programs spanning Engineering, Management, Medical Sciences, Ayurveda, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Agriculture Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Campus Excellence
Spread across eight campuses in Amaravati, Amritapuri, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kochi, Mysuru, and NCR Delhi (Faridabad), Amrita University boasts an expansive 1200-acre footprint with cutting-edge facilities totaling over 100 lakh square feet. Our commitment to academic excellence has consistently positioned Amrita among the top-tier private universities nationwide.

Global Collaborations
Amrita is at the forefront of global learning with 180+ collaborations established with top 500 world-ranked universities, fostering a rich academic environment for over 18 years.

Under the guidance of humanitarian leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, AMMA, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham stands as a beacon of quality education and social impact.

Join Us in Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders!
Explore Amrita today and be part of a transformative educational journey!

About Faridabad Campus

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Discover Excellence at Amrita School of Medicine, Faridabad!

Welcome to the 8th campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, the esteemed Amrita School of Medicine in Faridabad. Our campus is intricately linked with Amrita Hospital, Faridabad—the largest multispecialty private hospital in India. We are committed to upholding global standards while nurturing core human values that form the foundation of our institution.

Key Features of Our Campus

  • Global Standards: Our campus adheres to global benchmarks, ensuring a world-class learning environment.
  • Inclusivity: We believe in inclusivity, fostering connections and building a global network that inspires innovation and creativity.
  • Innovative Environment: Inventions drive us forward, and our talented individuals proudly represent our institution’s spirit of innovation.
  • Exceptional Faculty: Our faculty comprises exceptional medical scientists who foster strong teacher-student relationships, promoting collaboration and excellence.
  • Transforming Healthcare: We are dedicated to transforming healthcare with compassion, care, and groundbreaking discoveries aimed at improving human health.


Semester 1
Semester II
Course Code Course Title LTP Cr
24SDS511 Sustainable Community Development 4
24SDS512 Academic Writing & Communication 3
24SDS513 Research Methods for Policy Studies II 4
24SDS514 Programming for Social Data Science II 4
Specialization I 3
*Amrita Values Program 1 0 0 1
22AVP103 Mastery Over Mind 2
Total 21
Semester III
Course Code Course Title Cr
24SDS601 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy 4
24SDS602 Machine Learning for Social Data Science 4
24SDS603 Policy & Design Thinking 3
Specialization II 3
24SDS698 Internship 4
Open Elective 3
Total 21
Semester IV
Course Code Course Title Cr
24SDS699 Major Project/Dissertation 14
Specialization III 3
Open Elective 3
Total 20
Specialization: Economic Policy
Course Code Subject Credits
24SDS531 Foundations of Development Policy 3
Specialization: Gender Policy
Course Code Subject Credits
24SDS541 Gender and Development 3
24SDS542 Gender Policy and Legislations in India 3
24SDS543 Critical Masculinities and Gender Equality 3
Specialization: Health Policy
Course Code Subject Credits
24SDS551 Health Policy & Systems Research 3
Specialization: Education Policy
Course Code Subject Credits
24SDS561 Education for Sustainable Development (SWAYAM) 3
Open Electives
Course Code Subject Credits
24OEL641 Social Welfare Policy & Administration 3
24OEL642 Science, Technology, & Society Interactions 3
Amrita Value Programme
Course Code Subject L T P Credits
22ADM502 Vedanta in day-to-day life 1-0-0 1
22AVP506 Message of Swami Vivekananda 1-0-0 1
22AVP508 Indian Arts and Literature 1-0-0 1
22AVP510 Appreciation of Kerala Mural Arts Forms 1-0-0 1
22AVP501 Message of Śrī Mātā Amritanandamayi Devi 1-0-0 1
22AVP502 Insights from the Ramayana 1-0-0 1
22AVP503 Insights from the Mahabharata 1-0-0 1
22AVP504 Insights from the Upanishads 1-0-0 1
22AVP505 Insights from Bhagavad Gita 1-0-0 1
22AVP512 Ancient Indian Science and Technology 1-0-0 1
22AVP507 Great Spiritual Teachers of India 1-0-0 1
22AVP509 Yoga and Meditation 1 1-0-0 1
Program Outcomes (POs)
PO1 Scientific Knowledge and Training: Gain and apply knowledge of basic and applied scientific and analytical fundamentals within a social lens, leading to a deeper understanding of Data Sciences and Policy.
PO2 Data Science & Policy for society: Apply reasoning through the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional scientific practice.
PO3 Sustainability and society: Understand the impact of data science and policy within societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge, and need for sustainable development.
PO4 Ethics and Values: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of scientific practice.
PO5 Numerical and Data Analysis: Numerical analysis, interpretation of data, and organised representation of the information to provide valid conclusions.
PO6 Scientific Communication: Communicate scientific content effectively with peers, educators, science community, and with society at large.
PO7 Individual and teamwork: Think critically and work independently, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
PO8 Life-long learning: Recognize the need for and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of scientific and technological changes for up-to-date research and teaching methods.
Program Specific Outcomes (PSOs)
PSO1 Acquire conceptual understanding of fundamental principles of Data Science which enables them to gain insight into the potential applications of the field.
PSO2 Acquire conceptual understanding of fundamental principles of Indian and Global Policy which enables them to gain insight into the potential applications of the field.
PSO3 Explore advanced areas in Data Science and provide them with the necessary subject knowledge to pursue a career in IT industries, Government, NGO sector, research institutes as well as academia.
PSO4 Provide knowledge about the state-of-the-art techniques, methodologies, best practices and design and develop Data Science based solutions to complex problems related to society and sustainable development.
PSO5 Establish the culture of independent learning, innovative research and productive teamwork.
Fee Structure
2024 Admission Tuition Fee Structure in Rs.
Category Period Amount
Tuition Fee Per Semester 75,000
Caution Deposit One Time 5,000

Limited Hostel and Mess facilities available

Why Amrita

The top reasons to choose Amrita for your career


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Overall Rankings 2023
7th Best
University in India
Amrita Ranked No.1 in India Top 100 in The World
‘A++’ Grade


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Faridabad Haryana, 121002, India.
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