Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

University of Amsterdam

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field that develops intelligent algorithms and machines. Examples include self-driving cars, smart cameras, surveillance systems, robotic manufacturing, machine translations, internet searches, and product recommendations. Modern AI often involves self-learning systems that are trained on massive amounts of data ("Big Data"), and/or interacting intelligent agents that perform distributed reasoning and computation. AI connects sensors with algorithms and human-computer interfaces and extends itself into large networks of devices. AI has found numerous applications in industry, government and society, and is one of the driving forces of today's economy.

Artificial Intelligence in Amsterdam

The Master's programme in Amsterdam has a technical approach towards AI research. It is a joint programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This collaboration guarantees a wide range of topics, all taught by world-renowned researchers who are experts in their field.

Core topics

In this Master's programme, we offer a comprehensive collection of courses. It includes:

  • Computer Vision
  • Evolutionary Computing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Machine Learning
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Natural Language Processing

Study programme

The two-year programme consists of obligatory core courses, advanced AI courses and elective courses, a specialisation and thesis. In your first year, you take the obligatory core courses. In the second semester of the first year, you choose your specialisation in an area of your choice. In the second year, you work on your specialisation and on your thesis.

The curriculum of the Master’s Artificial Intelligence leaves ample space for you to explore what you find interesting in and around the field of AI. You can specialise in one of the core topics or you can follow a direction that cuts across research areas.

Part-time study or distance education

The Master's programme Artificial Intelligence does not offer the possibility of distance education since students need to attend lectures and practicals in order to complete the programme successfully.

It is only possible to register for AI as a full-time student. However, it is an option to take half of the courses normally offered per year, resulting in the programme lasting four years instead of two. Normal full-time tuition fee applies in this case.

In some cases, it is possible to follow specific courses of your interest without registering as a student.

Career prospects

A Master of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence gives you a strong foundation for working in key positions, in knowledge-intensive research centres or business. Below you find a chart of the most frequent (first) jobs of our alumni:

Examples of positions our alumni currently hold are:

  • Software Engineer at Google
  • Data Scientist at Airbnb /
  • Project Manager at Volvo Car Group
  • Computer Vision Expert at Eagle Vision
  • PhD student at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

The job market

Overall, the career perspectives for AI graduates are good. Most alumni found a job or started a business within three months after graduation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 16, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
24 - 48 months
Full time
2,060 EUR
The tuition fees for the academic year 2018-2019 are: EU/EEA students €2,060 per year; non-EU/EEA students €14,630 per year. Additional fees may apply.
Feb. 1, 2019
Non-EU/EEA students: 1 February. EU/EEA students: 1 May
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Feb. 1, 2019
Non-EU/EEA students: 1 February. EU/EEA students: 1 May
End date Request Info
Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Amsterdam, North Holland
Application deadline Feb. 1, 2019
Non-EU/EEA students: 1 February. EU/EEA students: 1 May
End date Request Info