Human-Machine Communication, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
How can we model human task performance? How do our brains combine visual and auditory information? What is the ideal interface for a tired air traffic controller? The Master's degree programme in Human-Machine Communication (HMC) from the University of Groningen focuses on Cognitive Science and its applications. 


How can we model human task performance? How do our brains combine visual and auditory information? What is the ideal interface for a tired air traffic controller?

The Human-Machine Communication (HMC) programme from the University of Groningen provides you with insights into human cognition and teaches you to use this knowledge in applied settings, such as tutoring systems, speech technology and human-computer interaction.

Two questions form the basis for this programme:

  • How does human cognition work?
  • How can we use this knowledge in applied settings?

To answer these questions, you have to know how humans perform specific tasks and how this performance limits and affects task performance. How do humans acquire new skills and how do they learn to adapt to a new task? It is important to know in which way information is transferred; the most natural way of human communication is language. But what about machines? Maybe keyboards, choice menus or multi-touch are more suitable.

Job prospects

Once you have obtained your Master's degree, you can then use your skills in industrial research & development departments or usability labs, where you make sure that knowledge about human thinking and acting is used as early as possible in the design process.

In companies where computer software and new media applications are made, user interface design experts, usability testers and interaction designers are needed. If you have specialised in the field of speech and language technology, you can for instance get a job at a telecommunication company.

You could also choose to get a job at a research institute where you work as a researcher. This can be done at a university (PhD studentship) or at a research institute like TNO. About 50% of our students choose a career as a scientist, mostly as PhD student.


Programme Structure

    Programme options
    • Cognitive Engineering (specialization)
    • Cognitive Language Modelling (specialization)
    • Cognitive Modelling (specialization)
    • Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (specialization)
    • HTSM Honours Master (honours program)
    Courses included:
    • Final Research Project HMC
    • Formal Models of Cognition
    • Multivariate models
    • Repeated Measures
    • Cognitive Modelling: Basic Principles and Methods
    • First-year Research Project
    For more information, please visit the programme website.

                              Detailed Programme Facts

                              • Programme intensity Full-time
                                • Full-time duration 24 months
                              • Credits
                                120 ECTS
                              • Languages
                                • English
                              • Delivery mode
                                On Campus

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                              Academic Requirements

                              Knowledge minimum

                              • Sufficient English proficiency

                              Previous education

                                • A Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence, Psychology or a relevant degree including the following subjects:Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Psychology or Cognitive Science, Statistics and Research methods, practical skills in Programming.

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International Applies to you

                                  14200 EUR/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                  2006 EUR/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                                Living costs for Groningen

                                • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
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