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Master's specialisationArtificial Intelligence: Cognitive Computing

Understanding biological intelligence and developing artificial intelligence are highly synergetic research endeavors. To do either we must do both. In this interdisciplinary specialisation, you follow both directions with a focus on research.

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Something for you?

  • You will study exciting topics at the forefront of cognitive AI, such as brain-inspired computing, deep neural network technology, and the foundations of cognition.
  • You can specialise to become an expert in machine learning, in computational neuroscience, or in formal and computational modelling.
  • This specialisation is closely tied to the research done in the AI groups at the Donders Institute: You will have the opportunity to actively work with our staff members on research projects.
  • You can combine this specialisation with another related programme, for example the Master's specialisation Data science and apply for an exemption of 60ECs. 
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

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Admission and application

What will you learn

In this Master's specialisation in Artificial Intelligence you learn how models based on neural information processing can be used to develop artificial systems, such as neuromorphic hardware and deep neural networks, as well as the development of new computational models, machine learning approaches, and classification techniques to better understand how the human brain realises cognition. You will learn about fundamental questions with respect to brain and cognition, like how we can explain and make sense of our sensory inputs, and how the brain can be so remarkably efficient given bounded resources.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Our Artificial Intelligence graduates have excellent job prospects and are often offered a job before they have actually graduated. Many of our graduates go on to do a PhD either at a major research institute or university with an AI department. Other graduates work for companies interested in cognitive design and research. Examples of companies looking for AI experts with this specialisation: Google, Facebook, IBM, Philips and the Brain Foundation. Some students have even gone on to start their own companies or joined recent startups.

Career prospects


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. 

Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.