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Master of Artificial Intelligence (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2021

September 2022

September 2023

Program description

Investigating the true nature of intelligence is one of today’s most fascinating research avenues. Advances in the study of cognitive processes and models, natural language and perception, human knowledge, representation, and reasoning continue to inspire and challenge our perception of ourselves. One of the scientific community’s key research objectives is the development of an intelligent robot. KU Leuven's Advanced Master of Artificial Intelligence explores and builds on this challenge, will you?

What is the Advanced Master of Artificial Intelligence all about?

The programme explores and builds on the fascinating challenge of developing digital systems than can autonomously process, reason and solve complex problems.

For many years, this internationally acclaimed advanced study programme in artificial intelligence has trained 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 AI applications.

The one-year programme, 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 students to focus on engineering and computer science, cognitive science, or speech and language technology.


You can choose from one of three options:

  • Engineering and Computer Science (ECS): intended for students with a background in engineering or exact sciences.
  • Speech and Language Technology (SLT): The central focus is on the processing of natural language, both in its spoken and written form.
  • Big Data Analytics (BDA): BDA trains students in the state of art data analysis techniques, programming techniques and applications that deal with very large data collections.

The ECS and the BDA students have to complete a thesis as part of the programme, while the SLT students follow a traineeship of three months in a research lab or company with R&D activities in language and/or speech technology.

Admission requirements

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Career opportunities

Modern information technologies and the advent of systems powered by artificial intelligence have already strongly influenced the technology sector in the 21st century. Computers, algorithms and software have simplified and automated tasks in a wide variety of environments, from power stations to copywriting.

Looking forward it is clear that we can only expect artificial intelligence to have an even more fundamental impact on the global labour market and with a master's degree in artificial intelligence you, like many of our alumni before, will be welcomed by companies working in such diverse sectors as:
· Information technology
· Data mining and Big Data
· Speech and language technology
· Intelligent systems
· Diagnosis and quality control
· Fraud detection
· Biometric systems

You will also be qualified to work in the banking sector or provide support for the processing industry, biomedicine and bioinformatics sectors, robotics, traffic systems and many more. Some graduates go on to begin a PhD programme.

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About this institute

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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Why study at KU Leuven

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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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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