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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

All study options

About Human-Machine Communication at University of Groningen

How can we model human task performance? How do our brains combine visual and auditory information? What is the ideal interface for a tired air traffic controller?

The Master's degree programme in Human-Machine Communication(HMC) focuses on Cognitive Science and its applications. HMCprovides you with insights into human cognition and teaches you touse this knowledge in applied settings, such as tutoring systems,speech technology and human-computer interaction. For example, byleveraging knowledge of human cognition, you can improve thecommunication between humans and complex computer systems, uselanguage and speech technology, or develop simulation models ofusers.

Two questions form the basis for this programme: 
* How does human cognition work?
* How can we use this knowledge in applied settings?
To answer these questions, you have to know how humans performspecific tasks and how this performance limits and affects taskperformance. How do humans acquire new skills and how do they learnto adapt to a new task? In addition, it is important to think abouthow humans communicate and apply this to human-machinecommunication. While language is the most natural way of humancommunication, this might not always be the best to communicatewith a machine.

How can we model human task performance? How do our brains combine visual and auditory information? What is the ideal interface for a tired air traffic controller?

The Master's degree programme in Human-Machine Communication(HMC) focuses on Cognitive Science and its applications. HMCprovides you with insights into human cognition and teaches you touse this knowledge in applied settings, such as tutoring systems,speech technology and human-computer interaction. For example, byleveraging knowledge of human cognition, you can improve thecommunication between humans and complex computer systems, uselanguage and speech technology, or develop simulation models ofusers.

Two questions form the basis for this programme: 
* How does human cognition work?
* How can we use this knowledge in applied settings?
To answer these questions, you have to know how humans performspecific tasks and how this performance limits and affects taskperformance. How do humans acquire new skills and how do they learnto adapt to a new task? In addition, it is important to think abouthow humans communicate and apply this to human-machinecommunication. While language is the most natural way of humancommunication, this might not always be the best to communicatewith a machine.

After your studies

Job prospects

Once you have obtained your Master's degree, you can then useyour skills in industrial research and development departments orusability labs, where you make sure that knowledge about humanthinking and acting is used as early as possible in the designprocess.

In companies where computer software and new media applicationsare made, user interface design experts, usability testers andinteraction designers are needed. If you have specialised in thefield of speech and language technology, you can for instance get ajob at a telecommunication company.

You could also choose to find a job at a research institutewhere you work as a researcher. This can be done at a university(PhD studentship) or at a research institute like TNO. About 50% ofour students choose a career as a scientist, mostly as PhDstudent.

Once you have obtained your Master's degree, you can then useyour skills in industrial research and development departments orusability labs, where you make sure that knowledge about humanthinking and acting is used as early as possible in the designprocess.

In companies where computer software and new media applicationsare made, user interface design experts, usability testers andinteraction designers are needed. If you have specialised in thefield of speech and language technology, you can for instance get ajob at a telecommunication company.

You could also choose to find a job at a research institutewhere you work as a researcher. This can be done at a university(PhD studentship) or at a research institute like TNO. About 50% ofour students choose a career as a scientist, mostly as PhDstudent.

Job examples

  • Work for a startups to develop smart software
  • Interaction designer
  • Usability tester
  • PhD research position
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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

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Artificial IntelligenceAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Access to be decided by the admissions board

Artificial IntelligenceUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PsychologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

Students with a BSc in psychology who have sufficientprogramming experience and have passed the course Architectures ofIntelligence can be admitted.

Information ScienceUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

BEFORE YOU 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.

language test

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

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence, Psychology or arelevant degree including the following subjects:ArtificialIntelligence, Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Science, Statisticsand Research methods, practical skills in Programming.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge.The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the masterprogramme for which you applied.

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

In cooperation with major national and international companieswe welcome students with several 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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence, Psychology or arelevant degree including the following subjects: ArtificialIntelligence, Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Science, Statisticsand Research methods, practical skills in Programming.

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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