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Artificial Intelligence

How can you develop an autonomous car? How can you teach a computer to recognize speech or even emotions? How can software and devices be aligned to the way humans think?

In the international Bachelor's degree programme in Artificial Intelligence you will study existing intelligence as we see it in the world and develop 'intelligent' and user-friendly products.

This international degree programme focuses on human thinking, artificial thinking (computers, robots) and behaviour in social systems (e.g. group behaviour). You will study the underlying processes in order to predict or simulate intelligent behaviour.

Interdisciplinary curriculum

Artificial Intelligence draws on knowledge from various disciplines, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, data science, computing science, logic and philosophy, and teaches you to apply this knowledge in smart digital systems You will develop skills in these areas in the first year, after which you deepen your knowledge in the subdiscipline you prefer, such as machine learning, robotics or cognitive science.

Programming and mathematics are an important part of the programme because these are the foundations for building and simulating new intelligent systems. Do you already know how to program? Then you can build on that in your first year. Do you lack programming experience? Then you’ll have to work harder to get up to speed.

Translating knowledge into practical applications

There are many applications in which intelligent and usable technology are indispensable. For example, in the chatbot on your bank’s website for the prediction of electricity use in households or how full the train will be. Artificial intelligence is also applied in research in other disciplines. Researchers working on the Dead Sea Scrolls have extracted new secrets about the writers of these ancient handwritten manuscripts.

International bachelor

Your future work field and industry are internationally oriented, which is why the programme Artificial Intelligence is offered as an international, English-taught bachelor. You will work with students and staff from many different countries.

Please note: AI has a fixed quota (numerus fixus), for which a selection procedure takes place. You can find more information on the fixed quota programmes, the admission procedure and the selection procedure on the AI fixed quota/numerus fixus page.

Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Artificial Intelligence
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56981
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Artificial Intelligence in Groningen is an international bachelor. When you have graduated, jobs will be available to you all over the world!
  • We have a unique position when it comes to research on cognitive modeling, logic, and handwriting recognition.
  • Our faculty is the home of Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.
Programme
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Algorithms and Data Structures in C
Artificial Intelligence I
Autonomous Systems
Basic Scientific Skills
Calculus
Cognitive Psychology
General Linguistics
Imperative Programming
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to the Brain
Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Advanced Logic
Architectures of Intelligence
Knowledge and Agent Technology
Language and Speech Technology
Neural Networks
Object-Oriented Programming
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Practicals in e.g. Autonomous Systems, Knowledge Technology
Practicals in e.g. Language and Speech Technology
Signals and Systems
Statistics
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Artificial Intelligence II
Bachelor Project (10 EC)
Minor Electives (15 EC)
Neurophysics

Curriculum

In the first year you will acquire knowledge of the most important disciplines for artificial intelligence. In the second year you will start connecting these disciplines and applying your knowledge. Later in the programme, there is room to deepen your knowledge in the areas that most interest you in practicals (15 ECTS) and electives (30 ECTS). You will round off your bachelor's degree with a small research project (15 ECTS), which you will complete under supervision of a researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence at the Bernoulli Institute.

You can find a complete overview of all courses on: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3680

Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • VWO Natuur & Techniek
  • VWO Natuur & Gezondheid
  • VWO Economie & Maatschappij
  • VWO Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde A of wiskunde B

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage). More information: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

other admission requirements

Before you apply!

When you cannot fulfil the vwo requirement, due to deficient profile or if you want to be admitted on the basis of a successfully passed first year of HBO or colloquium doctum, you need to submit an additional admission request via the Admission Board Bachelor programmes. Please go to this website for more information.

Please note! The admissions procedure is independent of the numerus fixus procedure. Information about the selection procedure can be found here

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 150 attendees a year.

This means that prospective students will have to successfully complete a selection procedure before they can be admitted. Candidates are selected based on their suitability and motivation for our programme: the 150 highest ranked candidates will be admitted. Prospective students must apply before 15 January 2023.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students15 January 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202301 September 2023

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics.

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 bachelor programme for which you applied.

language test

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/entry-requirements/bachelor-degree-programme

other admission requirements

Before you apply!

In addition to the general end level requirements, the Bachelor's programme applies subject-specific requirements . The Admissions Board also needs to determine whether a student possesses the required background knowledge in subjects relevant to the Bachelor's programme.

Please note! The admissions procedure is independent of the numerus fixus procedure. Information about the selection procedure can be found here .

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 150 attendees a year.

This means that prospective students will have to successfully complete a selection procedure before they can be admitted. Candidates are selected based on their suitability and motivation for our programme: the 150 highest ranked candidates will be admitted. Prospective students must apply before 15 January 2023.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students15 January 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202301 September 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 15080full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

A degree in Artificial Intelligence equips you for a wide range of fields, precisely because your knowledge is so broad and you can approach matters from various perspectives. You can also communicate well with specialists from different disciplines. That makes you highly employable in companies and organizations. You will have broad knowledge and a logical reasoning ability… therefore excellent career prospects!

Finding work when you graduate

Many graduates find suitable jobs in the business sector in the Netherlands or abroad, or set up their own business. Once they have their Bachelor's degree, most students choose a related Master's programme in Artificial Intelligence or Computational Cognitive Science.

If you choose Artificial Intelligence you can work at institutions that work with large data files, like hospitals or banks. You can also find a job at research and development departments of multinationals and build autonomous systems. When you go for Computational Cognitive Science, you can become a cognitive ergonomist and develop software and devices.

With your Master's degree you are employable in companies that produce software or devices. Among other things, your work will involve making these as user-friendly as possible. Students usually find an interesting job related to their study shortly after graduation. Examples of companies our graduates currently work at are: Accenture, Ethical Hacker, TNO, Deloitte, Educational game researcher, Nederlands Forensisch Instituut, ORTEC, KPN Consulting, Achmea, en Almende.

Job examples

  • Business consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Software developer
  • Robotics engineer
  • Data scientist
  • IT consultant
  • User interface expert
  • Researcher
  • Scientific programmer
  • IT-freelancer in a start-up
  • AI specialist
Research

Our Bachelor's degree programme in Artificial Intelligence is connected to the Bernoulli Institute.

The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense.

The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology, and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

The following research groups within the Bernoulli Institute focus on Artificial Intelligence:

Autonomous Perceptive Systems

Cognitive Modeling

Multi-Agent Systems

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Contact

  • Ask Our Students! (Like to talk about the programme and student life with someone currently studying AI?)
    Email: aistudents rug.nl
  • Academic Advisors FSE (For questions regarding the programme)
  • studyscience@rug.nl Studyscience (For general questions for all prospective students)
    Email: studyscience rug.nl
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Study associations

Cover

Cover is the study association for bachelor and master students studying Artificial Intelligence, Computing Science or Human Machine Communication at the University of Groningen. We organise many events, all aimed at having a good time, improving upon your education skills and your future career. On our website you can check out our agenda to see upcoming events!
Our association counts many committees which work together to organise career related events, create our yearbook, plan trips abroad, provide study support to fellow students and much more. Feel free to walk into the Cover room (Bernoulliborg 0041a) where you can join in on a game, ask for help with a course or just hang out!
https://www.svcover.nl/
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be issued a study advice at the end of the first year of study. You can expect a positive study advice if you have earned at least 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS; most course units are 5 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative study advice, you will not be allowed to continue your degree programme.

You will receive a preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you are. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

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