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Artificial Intelligence

Study programme

Master's programme Artificial Intelligence

The two year programme consists of obligatory core courses, advanced AI courses and elective courses, a specialisation and thesis. In your first year you take the obligatory core courses. In the second semester of the first year you choose your specialisation in an area of your choice. In the second year you work on your specialisation and on your thesis.  

The curriculum of the Master’s Artificial Intelligence leaves ample space for you to explore what you find interesting in and around the field of AI. You can specialise in one of the core topics or you can follow a direction that cuts across research areas.

Year 1 

Courses on core topics (42 EC)
These topics are taught by leading researchers in their fields and provide you with a solid basis and understanding of current AI research.

Advanced AI courses and Elective courses (18 EC)

VU Robot Lab-Thymio II robots - Ernst Eiben - PhD student Jacqueline Heinerman

Year 2

In the second year of the Master’s programme you choose a specialisation in an area of your choice.This can be in a core topic or in your own designed specialisation. Both specialisations work towards a Master’s thesis through research with an associated research group at UvA or VU or in a company with an industrial problem. 

The specialisation stage consists of:

  • Advanced AI courses and Elective courses (24 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis AI (36 ECTS)


A few examples of specialisations that you can do:

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

Artificial Intelligence and the Web

Detailed course information

For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses, please see the UvA Course Catalogue via the link below. 

UvA Course Catalogue - MSc in Artificial Intelligence

No Pre-Master Artificial Intelligence

From the academic year 2018-2019 on, the Master programme Artificial Intelligence will no longer offer a pre-master programme due to an enormous increase in interest and students in the Master programme.

Part-time study or distance education

The Master's programme Artificial Intelligence does not offer the possibility of distance education, since students need to attend lectures and practicals in order to complete the programme successfully. 

It is only possible to register for AI as a full time student. However, it is an option to take half of the courses normally offered per year, resulting in the programme lasting four years instead of two. Normal full time tuition fee applies in this case. 

In some cases it is possible to follow specific courses of your interest without registering as a student.
Information and conditions about electives can be found here. Please note that due to the limited capacity of the courses students of the master programme Artificial Intelligence have priority.

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in AI are requested to bring their own laptop, due to the nature of the programme. More information on specific system requirements can be found here