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Master’s Degree in Visual Tools to Empower Citizens

2nd Edition

Reasons to take the course

There is a growing demand (an urgent need, it could be argued) for a hybrid profile that merges design and computing. Qualified professionals are needed who are capable of designing visualisation solutions for the public sector: from transparency tools aimed at citizens to intelligent systems for data-driven understanding, exploration and decision-making.

Professionals are required who can work within public administrations, but also in media or companies that wish to make data accessible to a specific audience or to a sector of their customers.

The specialised training described here is not offered anywhere else. International studies contain part of the content offered through this Master’s Degree but in those studies the aforementioned content is not geared towards practice or towards the professional opportunities that currently exist.



In November 2019, the Publications Office of the European Union organised the first EU DataViz conference, under the motto “Serving citizens from better data visualisations”. The event brought together more than 500 people (mostly from the public sector) to discuss how to meet the needs of communities. Transparency laws passed in recent years in Europe require governments to open repositories of public information. However, if the general public does not understand the explanations of open data, public actions are of little use. This idea was reflected at the EU DataViz, both in the talks and in informal conversations. Public entities have a duty of care to citizens; they must create interfaces that explain and enable the discovery of data.

This Master’s Degree aims to make strides in improving the visual literacy of data, as a citizen empowerment tool designed to measure and evaluate evidence-based public policies. At the same time, it aims to guide public administration bodies, research institutes and the media in good visualisation and transparency practices.

Opinions by ex-students

"People do crazy things during the pandemic. And my share of that is juggling between two roles, a master student and a full time journalist, in the past nine months. I've learned so much throughout not only from the program/mentors/classmates but also from myself. Heard that teachers are pretty happy about their first batch of students and will have 2nd soon. Here are some links and attachments I've made, either individually or with my dear classmates, if you'd like to know what I get out of the program or the reason why I am ghosting".
Spe Chen
"From 0 to 100. It's end of June 2021, I have been through the Master’s Degree in Visual Tools to Empower Citizens. It has been a wild and chaotic ride, a mix between obstacle racing, code breaking, and meditative retreat. The road has been bumpy but it took me where I wanted: got a crash course -from the comfort of my home desk- into bits and pieces I had been missing and others I did not know I was missing. It was time to get hands dirty again into coding as much as it was time for me to break bubbles. This is a first tale about the outcome”. (More here)
Núria Altimir Escale
"Taking the MVTEC has offered me the possibility of learning programming, statistical and ethical techniques, to visualize data. And thanks to the teachers and colleagues, I have learned and been able to practice with the best! A lot of knowledge, even to continue learning after the master's degree. I recommend it!"
Rocío Márquez Salgero
Combining my role as a master’s student and my full-time data journalist has been a stressful and incredible journey. These studies have expanded my toolbox with a vast range of new resources. The proximity of the teachers and working side by side with classmates has taught me new ways to face data visualization challenges.
Laura Aragó
Amazed to get to know you is all these unique, talented and motivated, mentors and teachers, too, the highest quality studies I've ever coursed.
Xavier Bolló

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