Education Market, ICT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence
Edu type:
Formele educatie
Master (EQF 7)
Start datum:
3360 uur
2 jaar
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How can humans and AI technology both complement and collaborate with each other?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is widely used in our society: from cars that detect pedestrians to our smart phones’ virtual assistants. These applications use AI techniques to interpret information from a wide variety of sources, and in turn to enable intelligent, goal-directed behaviour.


The Artificial Intelligence Master’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam looks specifically at hybrid intelligence, where AI systems and humans collaborate. The first year is made up of broad courses that focus on core AI topics, while the second year is devoted to your chosen area of specialisation. 


In collaboration with Psychology department, we also offer the specialised Cognitive Science track. 



The Artificial Intelligence Master’s programme at VU Amsterdam gives you the opportunity to approach AI not only from a technical perspective – focusing on the understanding, analysis and development of novel AI algorithms – but also from a societal and human perspective. 

Are you fascinated by the human and social implications of AI, as well as the technical side? Then join us at the VU.


Understand the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and human behaviour

AI’s applications are highly diverse, ranging from optimising internet searches to supporting elderly people with dementia.  The VU’s Artificial Intelligence programme allows you to analyse, develop and apply new AI techniques to come up with solutions that make sense within their social context. 

In your first year, you’ll take a number of compulsory courses that cover the key concepts of AI. You’ll learn how human behaviour can be interpreted based on sensor data and computational models of physiological and cognitive processes. You’ll gain experience in integrating such models in dedicated, intelligent applications that support humans in their daily lives. And you’ll work with these systems to make sure they’re truly aware of the way humans operate.

In your second year, you’ll specialise. And there are lots of possibilities and opportunities to do so. You can continue to study AI techniques in more depth, building on the core topics. And you can choose advanced elective courses in these or more specific AI topics like Deep Learning.

In the specialisation phase, you can also study a particular area of application – such as supporting people in following a healthy lifestyle or caring for the elderly. Or you can focus on a relevant scientific discipline: psychology, sociology, movement sciences, or biomedical sciences, for example.

Another option is to continue in the specialisedCognitive Science track, during which you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the cognitive aspects of AI.

The VU’s AI programme is a pioneer in the development of intelligent systems. As a Master's student, you’ll get the opportunity to work on advanced information systems at a wide range of companies and institutions. Some recent examples include:

  • Semantic navigation on overheid.nl (the Dutch government website)
  • A personal “quit assistant” to help people give up smoking 
  • Adaptive personal music choices during sports training, in collaboration with Philips
  • New forms of online publication for Elsevier
  • A knowledge system to predict problems with Amsterdam's trams and other public transport
  • An intelligent opponent that’s able to anticipate a player's actions in a real-time action game



Whether you’re looking to become a data scientist, software engineer, computer scientist or consultant, the opportunities are endless. Going on to do further research or working in an educational institute is also a possibility.

A Master’s in Artificial Intelligence will give you an excellent foundation in both the business world and the research world. And your future employer could be anything from a management consultancy to a tech start-up and everything in between. Your skills lie in the point where technology and human understanding meet – as an AI graduate, you’ll form the perfect bridge between the two. 


Examples of positions our alumni currently hold include: 

· Software Engineer at Google

· Data Scientist at Airbnb / Booking.com

· Project Manager at Volvo Car Group

· Computer Vision Expert at Eagle Vision

· PhD student at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, University of Zurich, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.