Artificial Intelligence

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 2.28 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 13.5 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:2557 Duration:24 months

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As humans, we are often intrigued by how complex our daily activities are. How does it work actually to perceive, to act, to decide, and to remember? On the one hand, if we understand how our own intelligence works, we can use this knowledge to make computers smarter. On the other hand, by making computers behave 'human'-like, we may be able to learn about how our own cognitive system actually works.

The Master's programme Artificial Intelligence at Nijmegen has a distinctly cognitive focus where computational modeling is the central methodology used to:

  • Understand naturally intelligent systems,
  • Build artificially intelligent systems, and
  • Improve the interactions between natural and artificial systems.

Depending on the area of study these models can range from behavioral models of millions of individuals interacting on the web, through functional models of human or robot decision making, to models of individual or networks of artificial neurons.

This cognitive focus leads to a highly interdisciplinary programme where students gain skills and knowledge from a number of different areas such as; mathematics and computer science to develop computational models, psychology and neuroscience to understand natural systems, and a core foundation of AI techniques to implement and evaluate these models in artificially intelligent systems.

Top facilities

The programme is closely related to the research carried out in the internationally renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. This institute has several unique facilities for brain imaging using EEG, fMRI and MEG. You will be able to use these facilities for developing new experimental research techniques, as well as for developing new machine learning algorithms to analyse the brain data and integrate them with brain-computer interfacing systems. You will also cooperate with the Behavioural Science Institute and work in its Virtual Reality Laboratory, which can be used to study social interaction between humans and avatars.

• Intelligent Technology, with key courses: Trends in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Robotics, Theoretical Foundations of Cognitive Agents and Motor Control.
• Cognitive Computing, with key courses: Trends in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognition & Complexity and Brain-Computer Interfacing in Practice.

These tracks focus on different areas of natural and artificial intelligence. Apart from these specialisations, a set of foundational courses cover basic techniques for all tracks. Within their different areas of interest, all tracks consist of three main topics; studying natural systems, developing artificial systems and computational models and implementing systems based on these models.

A completed Bachelor's degree

There are two specialisations that are part of the Master’s programme in Artificial Intelligence. Both specialisations have their own specific admission requirements. In order to be admitted to the Master’s programme in Artificial Intelligence, you will need to meet the general admission requirements as well as the specific requirements for the specialisation of your choice.

A completed Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a Research University in Artificial Intelligence or a related programme with a comparable content that sufficiently prepares for an advanced Master’s programme in AI. An acceptable candidate should have:

  • Substantial knowledge of Computer Science (in particular sufficient programming experience and software development experience, at least 15-24 EC)
  • A sufficient Mathematics background (knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, statistics)
  • A broad knowledge of core Artificial Intelligence techniques (such as logic, machine learning, search & planning, reasoning under uncertainty) at an introductory level (12-18 EC)

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to demonstrate fluency in both written and spoken English. Students with a Dutch VWO diploma or an English Bachelor are considered sufficiently proficient in English. Other non-native speakers of English* must obtain one of the following certificates:

  • A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or  ≥90 (internet based)
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

Motivation Letter

Please describe your future plans and what you would like to learn and research at Radboud University. What are the topics of the research you would like to do? This will allow us to find out if your previous education is appropriate. It is not sufficient to say that you 'want to do something in Medical Biology'. Please be more specific, for example: cancer research, genomics, malaria or tissue engineering and explain how your previous education prepared you for this specific Master's programme. Last but not least, motivate your interest in studying at Radboud University (specific disciplines, facilities or other considerations).

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website. 

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,083 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,083 in 2019/2020). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

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