• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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. The Master of Artificial Intelligence explores and builds on this challenge, will you?


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.


  • The AI program aims at instructing and training students on state of the art knowledge and techniques in Artificial Intelligence, with specific focus either on Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), on Speech and Language Technology (SLT) or on Big Data Analytics (BDA), depending on the selected option within the program. It aims at introducing the students to the concepts, methods and tools in the field.
  • It aims at instructing students on the achievements in a number of advanced application areas and make them familiar with their current research directions. It aims to bring students to a level of knowledge, understanding, skills and experience that are needed to actively conduct basic or applied research on an international level. In particular, it aims to provide students with a critical scientific attitude towards the central themes of A.I.
  • As a master-after-master program, it is assumed that the students entering this program have already achieved the general skills and attitudes defined for any master program. Nevertheless, it is also within the aims of the program to further strengthen the skills and attitudes, within the specific scientific context that AI offers.

Career perspectives

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 labor 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.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

We require at least a 4-year university (or equivalent) degree, experience with computing, proficiency in English, and good study results on the basis of transcripts.

Upon admission, students are recommended to select the option within AI that corresponds to their background:


  • a degree in Science, in Engineering or Applied Economics (majoring in Informatics)
  • thorough knowledge of at least one programming language
  • mastery of an object oriented programming
  • sufficient background in Mathematics


  • a degree in Human Sciences
  • knowledge of at least one programming language


  • a degree in Computer Science or Informatics

For more information, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1752 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1752 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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