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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, November, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About Artificial Intelligence at University of Groningen

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

The core topics in the Master's programme ArtificialIntelligence are: autonomous perceptive systems, cognitive roboticsand multi-agent systems.
Autonomous Systems
A robot taking samples and collecting information on the moon is anexample of an autonomous system. It operates and carries outmissions independently. Regardless of its surroundings, it respondswith a certain intelligence. While traditional AI focuses oncognition and reasoning as isolated abilities, we strongly believein perception as an active behavior, which is integrated intogeneral cognition.
Cognitive Robotics
The courses taught in the area of cognitive robotics are related toresearch in social robotics, to the origin of robotic communicationand to the way in which robots recognize movement. Research isconducted at the Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive EngineeringInstitute.
Multi-agent Systems
When a team of robots play football they have to communicate andcooperate with each other. This is an example of a multi-agentsystem. When designing these systems, techniques from computing science and logic are combined with knowledge about the interactionamongst humans and animals.

Study guide

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

The core topics in the Master's programme ArtificialIntelligence are: autonomous perceptive systems, cognitive roboticsand multi-agent systems. 
Autonomous Systems
A robot taking samples and collecting information on the moonis an example of an autonomous system. It operates and carries outmissions independently. Regardless of its surroundings, it respondswith a certain intelligence. While traditional AI focuses oncognition and reasoning as isolated abilities, we strongly believein perception as an active behavior, which is integrated intogeneral cognition.
Cognitive Robotics 
The courses taught in the area of cognitive robotics arerelated to research in social robotics, to the origin of roboticcommunication and to the way in which robots recognize movement.Research is conducted at the Artificial Intelligence and CognitiveEngineering Institute. 
Multi-agent Systems
When a team of robots play football they have to communicateand cooperate with each other. This is an example of a multi-agentsystem. When designing these systems, techniques from computing science and logic are combined with knowledge about the interactionamongst humans and animals.

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After your studies

Job prospects

Once you have obtained your Master's degree in ArtificialIntelligence, you can apply your skills in research &development, for instance air traffic and space labs, where youmake sure that intelligent and innovative technologies are usedduring the design process. You could also choose to get a job at aresearch institute where you work as a researcher. This can be doneat a university (PhD) or at a research institute like TNO. About50% of our students chooses 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 theold doctoral program and they specialized in very differentdirections. Mathijs works as a software engineer at the IT-companyEvermind. He programs and implements innovative IT-projects forshops. Maarten is doing a PhD in Barcelona where he investigateshow a computer can compose jazz music.

Once you have obtained your Master's degree in ArtificialIntelligence, you can apply your skills in research &development, for instance air traffic and space labs, where youmake sure that intelligent and innovative technologies are usedduring the design process. You could also choose to get a job at aresearch institute where you work as a researcher. This can be doneat a university (PhD) or at a research institute like TNO. About50% of our students chooses 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 theold doctoral program and they specialised in very differentdirections. Mathijs works as a software engineer at the IT-companyEvermind. He programs and implements innovative IT-projects forshops. Maarten is doing a PhD in Barcelona where he investigateshow a computer can compose jazz music.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • Industrial Research & Development
  • Software engineer
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, November, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

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The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the Board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge. Applications areevaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until theapplication deadline to apply.

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

knowledge minimum

Applicants with a background in electrical/electronicengineering, industrial robotics and production automation are veryrarely considered eligible for admission.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

At least a Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence or arelevant Bachelor's degree which includes all of the following sixsubjects:

  • knowledge systems,
  • autonomous systems,
  • mathematics (discrete and continuous),
  • statistics,
  • logics (set theory, predicate logic and modal logic
  • computer science (programming, data structures, searchtechniques, practical skills).

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

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leadingmanufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, whoget the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within theirscholarship period. More information can be found here: https://www.asml.com/(...)/en/s32512?rid=30027

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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 relevantdegree 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, searchtechniques, practical skills).

Holders of a relevant Dutch HBO degree need to follow apreparatory premaster programme for admission. For details, please contact the academic advisor.

Registration procedure

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

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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