Bachelor Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence BSc

3 years English Starts end of August

The interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence integrates the study of artificial intelligence with the study of human cognition. The program offers a balanced mix of theory and practice and includes courses on programming, Machine learning and Deep learning. By exploring topics such as the interaction between humans and technology, the program equips you to develop technological innovations that benefit society.

Education as of September 2022

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

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Short overview of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

Program and courses

Program content

In this English-taught program, you learn about how intelligent systems operate and how this related to the workings of human brain. Questions like: 'Can computers interpret human emotions in a reliable way? How much meaning can be derived from language? language? What is required for to create a natural interaction between a human and robot? How do you avoid ‘black box’ software, where the user doesn’t understand how decisions or conclusions are reached? What is the potential impact of Augmented Reality on our  experience of the world?'

  • In the first year you take introductory courses in the fields of artificial intelligence, and human cognition. In addition, you will gain basic skills, for example, programming skills. 
  • In the second year you deepen your knowledge.  You will apply your knowledge and skills within themes such as Machine Learning and Human-Computer and Human-Robot-Interaction. You will also gain experience in doing research.
  • In the third year you take the last specialization courses (for example: Introduction to Machine Learning and Advanced Programming). You also follow a minor in which you choose between gaining in-depth knowledge within your program or broadening your perspective by taking courses of another discipline at Tilburg University, a different university in the Netherlands or even abroad. You finish your studies with a Bachelor’s Thesis. 

A short impression of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (video - 2:21 min)

Typical courses are:

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    Explore in what ways the intelligent behavior of living organisms is copied by computers and machines and how this knowledge can be applied to solve problems by intelligent machines.
  • Human-Computer Interaction
    Gain insight into how humans and computers interact, with a focus on how psychological models are applied in new computer interfaces, such as website designs, apps, and other everyday digital objects. 
  • Introduction to Deep Learning
    Delve into the fundamentals of Deep Learning and learn about the main building blocks of Deep Neural Networks and the primary algorithms used to train them. You will also develop practical skills to apply Deep Learning techniques to a variety of problems through hands-on sessions and project-based assignments.

More on the program and courses

Why this Bachelor's program in Tilburg?

Study Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence in Tilburg

  • The program focuses on developing applications for Human-AI teaming and hybrid intelligence that are aimed at expanding human intellect (by combining human and machine intelligence) rather than replacing it.
  • Education is offered in a state-of-the-art environment with several labs, including Mind Labs, a Robot Lab, and a Virtual and Mixed Reality Lab.  
  • The program is built on a balanced mix of theory and practice and promotes ‘learning by doing’: during your studies, you are confronted with real-world problems and become acquainted with the application of AI in commercial and organizational settings, e.g. by participating in projects with external partners. 
  • Ethics and AI is an integrated part of the program, stimulating you to develop AI solutions that are ethical and sustainable.

What to expect when coming to Tilburg

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

  • Join our study organization Flow, the student association for Cognitive Science and Artifical Intelligence students. They organize formal and informal activities for members, such as company visits and get-togethers.
  • Challenge yourself by participating in our on-top programs.

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After your Bachelor's

Careers and subsequent Master’s programs

After obtaining your Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, you can choose to do a Master's program. After you have completed a Master's program, you will have favorable career prospects as a Intelligent Software Developer, AI Researcher or Machine Learning Engineer.

Graduates found work at Microsoft, Incentro or Capgemini.

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Application and admission

Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.

Admission requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
  • As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency
  • A good knowledge of mathematics is important for being successful in this Bachelor’s program. In order to be admitted, you must therefore prove that you have sufficient knowledge of mathematics.

You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.

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Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

Tuition fees

When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.

  • Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
  • Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.

More information on the tuition fees and rates

Estimated monthly costs of living

Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 925 en € 1.125 per month.

(Furnished) accommodation Starting from € 550 per month
Foods & Drinks € 200 per month
Books & Readers € 65 per month
Insurance € 100 per month
Sport membership + € 139.95 per year
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  • Raya student CSAI

    Raya

    Bachelor's student

    "Many concepts are approached in various contexts and from different perspectives, which truly helps establishing a better understanding. Theoretical knowledge acquired in one course is often applied in others too, so you can clearly grasp the importance of the interdisciplinary approach in the field of CSAI and the broad range of its applications." 

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  • Jaimy

    Jaimy

    Bachelor's student

    "What excites me the most about this study is that we dive deep into the multidisciplinary study of mind and cognition, and how we can apply it to AI. We are living in a digitalized society, and it's incredibly unique to be at the forefront of the newest technological advancements!"

  • Bachelor student CSAI Willemijn Weterings

    Willemijn

    Bachelor's student

    "I find the broad, multidisciplinary aspect of cognitive science - applied specifically to technological developments - very attractive. To be part of such a rapidly developing field is truly something unique."

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Are you and Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence a match? If you...

  • are good at logical reasoning, analyzing and have a creative mindset

  • are curious about how computers and robots show intelligent behavior

  • are interested in being at the forefront of how technological innovations can be used in a responsible way to benefit society

Then this is the program for you!