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Formal education
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Bachelor (EQF 6)
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5040 hrs
3 Years
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In the Bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence in Nijmegen, you study how to make smart computers and robots. To do so, you need to know how the human brain works. For their part, computer models can help in brain research.


The Bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence; something for you?

To come and study Artificial Intelligence you must be interested in the interaction between humans and computers. In order to build smart computers and robots, knowledge about the human brain is useful. For example, if you know how people recognise faces, you can use this knowledge to develop a passport photo scanner. This also works in reverse; by imitating brain processes using computer models, you learn more about how the mind works.

The requirements for passport photos are very strict. For example, your ears must be visible, you have to take off your spectacles and you must look straight at the camera. This is necessary because what you see at a single glance – matching a person to their passport photo – is a more complicated puzzle for a computer to solve. People are champions in rapidly recognising and detecting patterns – regardless of whether it is faces, letters or sounds. How do they do that? How can we program machines to do this as easily? These are the kind of issues the Bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence tackles.


Are you interested in both computers and the mind? Does rational and logical reasoning interest you? Do you enjoy challenging work? Then look here to find out if you meet the requirements for the Bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence.


Why study Artificial Intelligence?

The Bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence at Radboud University has a distinct cognitive focus. We study human cognition to understand and model artificial intelligence, with the aim of creating smarter computers and robots. Such attention to the interaction between humans and machines makes this degree programme unique in the Netherlands and the rest of the world. Artificial Intelligence is a young, dynamic field in which there is much to be discovered!

Not convinced? Read on!

  • Understanding and simulating the human brain occupies a special place in the Artificial Intelligence programme.
  • The programme received the quality mark 'Excellent' (Choiceguide Universities 2015).
  • The Artificial Intelligence programme in Nijmegen collaborates closely with several renowned research institutes. For example, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which is world famous for its outstanding language research, and the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour are both on the Radboud University campus. You will be educated by lecturers from these top institutes who are working on cutting-edge research.
  • You will study in an international classroom. The first year of the English-taught Psychology programme consists for 27% out of international students. We counted eleven different nationalities from within the EU and eightfrom outside the EU (e.g. South Korea, Chile, Brasil, India and Singapore).
  • As a first-year student you will have your own mentor who will help you settle down and you will learn how to study efficiently.
  • In the first year you will have on average 20 hours of teaching each week, and 20 hours of independent study. In later years, the teaching will reduce slightly and will be replaced by group work and projects.
  • A six-month internship or study period abroad is a fixed component of the programme.
  • Excellent job perspectives: many of our students are hired even before they graduate. All of our students were able to find a job directly after graduating.
  • Are you highly motivated and up for an extra challenge? Radboud Honours Academy offers you the opportunity to follow honours programmes at first-year Bachelor's and Master's level.
  • The 3 year Bachelor's programme prepares for the contiguous Artificial Intelligence Master's tracks.
  • A green campus in the centre of Nijmegen, which boasts excellent study and sports facilities.
  • High quality education for reasonable tuition fees.
  • Non-EU/EEA students can apply for the Radboud Scholarship Programme (see details).
  • Housing is offered to admitted students who do not live in the Netherlands and apply before the deadline (see details).
  • Best Bachelor's programme according to the Elsevier magazine’s survey Beste studies 2017.