MSc in Artificial Intelligence

General

Program Description

University of Groningen

What is intelligent behavior? How can computers recognize faces and objects? In this program, you will learn how to design and implement intelligent systems.

The core topics in the Master's program Artificial Intelligence are autonomous perceptive systems, cognitive robotics, and multi-agent systems.

Autonomous Systems

A robot taking samples and collecting information on the moon is an example of an autonomous system. It operates and carries out missions independently. Regardless of its surroundings, it responds with a certain intelligence. While traditional AI focuses on cognition and reasoning as isolated abilities, we strongly believe in perception as an active behavior, which is integrated into general cognition.

Cognitive Robotics

The courses taught in the area of cognitive robotics are related to research in social robotics, to the origin of robotic communication and to the way in which robots recognize movement. Research is conducted at the Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering Institute.

Multi-agent Systems

When a team of robots plays football they have to communicate and cooperate with each other. This is an example of a multi-agent system. When designing these systems, techniques from computing science and logic are combined with knowledge about the interaction amongst humans and animals.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Be part of a program with excellent reviews
  • Awarded 'Top Rated Program' label (Higher Education Guide 2017) and awarded best master's degree program AI in the Netherlands according to Elsevier
  • Challenging graduation projects
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike

Program

Curriculum

2-year program; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Previous education

A Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence or a relevant degree including the following subjects: Knowledge Systems, Autonomous Systems, Mathematics (discrete and continuous), Statistics, Logics (set theory, predicate logic, and modal logic), and Computer Science (programming, data structures, search techniques, practical skills).

International diploma

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Additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the Board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of the general level of previous education and specific background knowledge. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Knowledge minimum

Applicants with a background in electrical/electronic engineering, industrial robotics, and production automation are very rarely considered eligible for admission.

Previous education

At least a Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence or a relevant Bachelor's degree which includes all of the following six subjects:

  • Knowledge systems,
  • Autonomous systems,
  • Mathematics (discrete and continuous),
  • Statistics,
  • Logics (set theory, predicate logic, and modal logic
  • Computer science (programming, data structures, search techniques, practical skills).

This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of your previous degree program meet the admission requirements.

Scholarships

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree program. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 15500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

Once you have obtained your Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, you can apply your skills in research & development, for instance, air traffic and space labs, where you make sure that intelligent and innovative technologies are used during the design process. You could also choose to get a job at a research institute where you work as a researcher. This can be done at a university (Ph.D.) or at a research institute like TNO. About 50% of our students choose a career as a scientist.

Where do graduated master AI students work at the moment? Maarten van Grachten and Mathijs Homminga did the AI master in the old doctoral program and they specialized in very different directions. Mathijs works as a software engineer at the IT-company Evermind. He programs and implements innovative IT-projects for shops. Maarten is doing a Ph.D. in Barcelona where he investigates how a computer can compose jazz music.

Job examples

  • Ph.D. Research Position
  • Industrial Research & Development
  • Software engineer

Research

Be part of a Programme with Excellent Reviews

Most of the teachers in the Master's program also participate as a researcher in the research institute Bernoulli. The content of the courses taught is closely linked to the research themes of the teachers.

The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense. The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission, we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

The following research groups within the institute focus on Artificial Intelligence:

  • Autonomous Perceptive Systems
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Robotics
Last updated Feb 2020

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