Research course

Artificial Intelligence

Radboud University · Faculty of Social Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

September, February

Course content

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.


Computational modelling is the central methodology taught and used in this programme. Depending on the area of study, the computational models can range from behavioural 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. At Radboud University we offer the following three specialisations (on campus simply known as Computation, Robot and Web):

Computation in Neural and Artificial Systems - 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.

Robot Cognition - Understand all aspects of Human-Robot interaction: the programming that coordinates a robot’s actions with human action as well as the human appreciation and trust in the robot.

Web and Language Interaction - Learn how to build the intelligence used to power the future of the Web.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1.515,00 (€ 1,984)
International students
£ 7.328,00 (€ 10,137)

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

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