Research course

Artificial Intelligence

Radboud University · Faculty of Social Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree

Students must have a completed Bachelor's degree from an academic university (this does not include a Bachelor’s from a University of Applied Science, in Dutch HBO) in Artificial Intelligence or a related programme with a comparable content that sufficiently prepares for an advanced master program in AI.

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

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).

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

  • Take a cognitive approach to computer modeling in order to better understand and build intelligent systems.
  • Create models for decision making, network interactions and neuron networks.
  • Benefit from taking an interdisciplinary approach to your topics, drawing on mathematics, psychology and computer science.

Programme overview

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? If we understand how our own intelligence works, we can use this knowledge to make computers smarter, but 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.


At Radboud University we offer the following specialisations:

Cogntive Computing - 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.

Intelligent Technology - Developing intelligent machines and new ways for humans and machines to interact, as well as understanding cognition through human behavior.

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 18,296
International students
EU €2,530 p/a Non EU € 18,296 p/a

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 website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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