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What will I learn?

The Artificial Intelligence Master's programme at Radboud University has a distinctly cognitive focus where computational modelling is the central methodology used to understand naturally intelligent systems, build artificially intelligent systems and improve the interactions between natural and artificial systems. Students can choose one of two specialisations: Cognitive Computing or Intelligent Technology.

As humans, we may be intrigued by the complexity of any daily activities. How does it actually work to perceive, to act, to decide and to remember? Learn how to create artificial information systems that mimic biological systems as well as how to use theoretical insights from AI to better understand cognitive processing in humans.

What will you learn?

In this Master's specialisation you learn how models based on neural information processing can be used to develop artificial systems, such as neuromorphic hardware and deep neural networks, as well as the development of new computational models, machine learning approaches, and classification techniques to better understand how the human brain realizes cognition. You will learn about fundamental questions with respect to brain and cognition, like how we can explain and make sense of our sensory inputs, and how the brain can be so remarkably efficient given bounded resources.

Where do our graduates work now?

Examples of jobs that a graduate of the specialisation in Cognitive Computing could get:

Artificial Intelligence researcher
Machine Learning Expert
Neurotech expert
Artificial Intelligence policy maker
Data scientist

Career prospects

Our Artificial Intelligence graduates have excellent job prospects and are often offered a job before they have actually graduated. Many of our graduates go on to do a PhD either at a major research institute or university with an AI department. Other graduates work for companies interested in cognitive design and research. Examples of companies looking for AI experts with this specialisation: Google, Facebook, IBM, Philips and the Brain Foundation. Some students have even gone on to start their own companies or joined recent startups.

Job positions

Examples of jobs that a graduate of the specialisation in Cognitive Computing could get:

  • PhD researcher on bio-inspired computing
  • PhD researcher on neural decoding/neural information processing
  • PhD researcher on neuromorphic computing
  • Machine learning expert in a software company
  • Company founder for brain-based computer games
  • Hospital-based designer of assistive technology for patients
  • Policy advisor on new developments in neurotechnology
  • Software developer for analysis and online visual displays of brain activity

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,88,889) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

Applicants have completed:

A Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence from Radboud University
A Bachelor's degree 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 be proficient in both written and spoken English. Students without a Bachelor's degree wherein the language of instruction was English, need to have obtained one of the following certificates before the enrolment deadline (you will not be needing these certificates when you apply at Radboud University):

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90, subscores ≥ 22
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6.5 overall, subscores ≥ 6.0, writing subscore ≥ 6.5
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency: C or higher

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).

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