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Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence

Tilburg University

Bachelor Undergraduate Tilburg

Course description

Qualification Bachelor of Science
Field of study Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science
Course summary Studying the Bachelor Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence you will learn about artificial intelligence in relation to the science of human cognition and technological innovation.
Course description During the program you will address these questions: Are computers able to reliably interpret human emotions? How does our brain process all the impulses which it receives and how does it respond to virtual and augmented reality? How does communication between humans and robots work? And which kinds of artificial intelligence can we expect in the (near) future? This combination of artificial intelligence (the study of computers and software that can perform intelligent behavior), the science of human cognition (the study of thinking, language, learning, and mental representations in relation to other psychological processes that involve attention, observation, memory, use of language, and decision making) and technological innovation, enables you to develop technological innovations that benefit society.
Study subjects In the first year of the Bachelor's program you and your fellow (international) students mainly take introductory courses introducing you to the fields of artificial intelligence and human cognition. Besides that you develop basic programming skills.
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 180.00
Duration 36 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, colloquium, computer exercise, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Information about the institution At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them.


Admission requirements
  1. Mathematics You must have sufficient knowledge of mathematics, equal to the Dutch VWO mathematics A or B level. The following suffice: International Baccalaureate: Mathematics Standard or Higher Level. British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics. At least grade A,B or C. Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics as Grundkurs. European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle.
  2. As our Bachelor's programs are taught entirely in English, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Tilburg University accepts one of the following tests: Academic IELTS: ≥6.0 overall score (≥5.5 min. on all components) * TOEFL (internet-based): ≥80 * Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C. * Please note that the provided certificate must not be older than two years at the moment of application. An English proficiency test is not required if: * You are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. * You completed your entire secondary education in English either at an international school (completing the IB, the EB, Cambridge International GCSE and A levels) or in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America * Your high school diploma is the Dutch VWO, the German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, or the Belgian Diploma van secundair onderwijs (ASO), and English was one of the examination subjects. Some other high school diplomas where English is an examination subject also give exemption from this requirement, but this will be decided on an individual basis after your application has been assessed.
  3. You are asked to write a motivation letter in which you state the following: Why would you like to join the Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence program at Tilburg University? Make sure your letter does not exceed one page in length.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C2
IELTS listening 5.5
IELTS overall band 6
IELTS reading 5.5
IELTS speaking 5.5
IELTS writing 5.5
TOEFL internet based 80
Professional experience required -
Duration 36 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 May 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 May 2021 1 May 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143n.a.n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.



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