Master of Artificial Intelligence

KU Leuven
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Application deadline: 1 March (for non-EEA citizens) 1 June (for EEA citizens and non-EEA citizens).

About this program

Master of Artificial Intelligence

What is the true nature of intelligence? Is it simply learning processes, cognition models, natural language representation and reasoning? Or is it more? The Master of Artificial Intelligence program trains a wide variety of students in all areas of knowledge-based technology and the wider application of that technology across multiple fields, including in the development of intelligent robots.

The Master of Artificial Intelligence program at KU Leuven explores and builds on the fascinating challenges of cognitive processes and models, natural language and perception. For many years, it has provided an internationally acclaimed advanced study program in artificial intelligence. The multidisciplinary program trains students from a variety of backgrounds - including engineering, sciences, economics, management, psychology, and linguistics - in all areas of knowledge-based technology, cognitive science, and their applications. The one-year program, taught entirely in English, is the result of a collaboration between many internationally prominent research units from seven different faculties of the university. It allows you to focus on engineering and computer science, cognitive science, or speech and language technology.

Since 2014, the program offers a new option: Big Data Analytics. This option is intended for graduates in Computer Science and trains them to become specialists is the analysis of Big Data. It instructs the students in Statistics, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Advanced programming techniques for dealing with Big Data. It offers a range of application domains in Information Retrieval, Bio-Informatics, Computer Vision and others.

Admission requirements

The admission policy is intended to ensure equal opportunity of access to higher education for qualified European and third country students. There are two ways to be admitted to the program:

  • Direct admission, on the basis of a relevant degree obtained in the Flemish Community. You can check the list of relevant programs here.
  • After an admission process, which is meant for students that obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community. They have to meet the conditions below.

All applications from students who have obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community are evaluated by both KU Leuven Admissions Office and the relevant master’s program director. Final admission decisions will made be at the discretion of the Faculty.

  • Academic background: We require at least a 4-year university (or equivalent) degree with good study results and experience with computing. To be eligible for this program you must have obtained a Master of Science (in Engineering) in Computer Science, Master of Science (in Engineering) in Informatics, Master of Science (in Engineering) in Information and Communication Technology or an equivalent program. Admission is granted on the basis of your application, which must contain precise information with computers and/or programming languages.
  • GRE test results: in order to be considered for admission, applicants are required to submit their GRE score (at the moment, there is no minimum requirement for GRE scores). Please contact ETS requesting an original score card to be forwarded to us using the following Institutional Code: 0749. Students who obtained a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in one of the EEA countries, the UK, or Switzerland are exempted from providing GRE scores. However, submitting GRE scores might still be considered as an asset when applying.
  • English language proficiency: students should have a good command of English, both spoken and written.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

ECS Introductory Components

Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

ECS Programming Component

Programming Languages and Programming Methodologies

ECS Advanced Mandatory Componenets

  • Machine Learning and Inductive Inference
  • Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning

ECS Master Thesis

Master's Thesis ECS

SLT Compulsory Introductory Componenets

  • Machine Learning and Inductive Inference
  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

SLT Object Oreinted Programming

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Scripting Languages

SLT Advance Mandatory Components

  • Speech Science
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Speech Recognition
  • Language Engineering Applications

Master Thesis

Master's Thesis SLT

BDA Introductory Componenets

  • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • Data and Statistical Modelling
  • Privacy and Big Data

BDA Programming Component

Big Data Analytics Programming

BDA Advanced Mandatory Components

  • Machine Learning and Inductive Inference
  • Data Mining

BDA Master Thesis

Master's Thesis BDA

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 60 ECTS

Career paths

With a Master of Artificial Intelligence degree, you will be welcomed in companies in the areas of information technology, data-mining, speech and language technology, intelligent systems, diagnosis and quality control, fraud detection, biometric systems. You can also work in the banking area, or give support in the areas of process industry, biomedicine and bioinformatics, robotics, traffic systems. Furthermore this degree offers opportunities to start a PhD program.

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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