BSc in Artificial Intelligence


Program Description

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

In the international Bachelor's degree program in Artificial Intelligence, you will study intelligence and develop 'intelligent' and user-friendly products.

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

Interdisciplinary curriculum

Artificial Intelligence draws on knowledge from various disciplines, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, computing science, logic, and philosophy. 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.

Translating knowledge into practical applications

There are many applications in which intelligence and usable technology are indispensable, in ticket machines for example. This degree program, therefore, has a strong practical orientation.

Please note: AI has a fixed quota for which a selection procedure takes place. You can find more information on the fixed quota programs, the admission procedure and the selection procedure on the AI fixed quota.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Artificial Intelligence in Groningen has been designated as the best Artificial Intelligence education in the Netherlands, reviewed by Elsevier and the Keuzegids (Dutch Higher Education Guide).
  • We have a unique position when it comes to research on cognitive modeling, logic, and handwriting recognition.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Groningen is an international bachelor. When you have graduated, jobs will be available to you all over the world!
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.


Year 1


  • Algorithms and Data Structures in C
  • Artificial Intelligence I
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Basic Scientific Skills
  • Calculus
  • Cognitive Psychology, Logic
  • General Linguistics
  • Imperative Programming
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Introduction to the Brain
  • Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus

Year 2


  • 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

Year 3


  • Artificial Intelligence II
  • Bachelor Project (10 EC)
  • Cognitive Science Practical
  • Minor Electives (15 EC)
  • Neurophysics


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

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor program for which you applied.

language test Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs.
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.

Numerus Fixus

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

The Bachelor's program in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen has a Numerus Fixus (fixed quota). This means that, in addition to an admission procedure, 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 program: the 150 highest ranked candidates will be admitted. Prospective students should apply before January 15th, 2020.

The admission procedure for prospective students with a Dutch diploma is significantly different from that of candidates with a non-Dutch diploma.

The Numerus Fixus procedure is separate from the admission through Studielink, and takes place after January 15th. This Fixus procedure consists of 2 parts: sending a portfolio (before March 1st), and the results of an online selection test (around March 2nd). The portfolio should consist of a copy of your grades list and qualifications, a (conditional) admission letter, a résumé, and a motivation letter. Candidates will receive the result of the procedure on the 15th of April.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 213 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 14000 full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

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 other specialists in the discipline. That makes you highly employable for 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. Other graduates choose another path, such as setting up their own business. Once they have their Bachelor's degree, most students choose a related Master's program in Artificial Intelligence or Human-Machine Communication. When you choose Artificial Intelligence you can work at institutions who work with large data files, like hospitals or banks. You can also find a job at the research and development departments of multinationals and build autonomous systems. When you go for Human-Machine Communication, you can become a cognitive ergonomist and develop software and devices.

User-friendly software or 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. 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

  • Cognitive ergonomist
  • Knowledge engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Researcher


Our Bachelor's degree program 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 institute focus on Artificial Intelligence:

  • Autonomous Perceptive Systems
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Robotics
Last updated Jun 2020

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