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Hybrid intelligence: where AI systems and humans meet

Whether you’re looking to become a data scientist, software engineer, computer scientist or consultant, the opportunities are endless. Going on to do further research or working in an educational institute is also a possibility.

A Master’s in Artificial Intelligence will give you an excellent foundation in both the business world and the research world. And your future employer could be anything from a management consultancy to a tech start-up and everything in between. Your skills lie in the point where technology and human understanding meet – as an AI graduate, you’ll form the perfect bridge between the two. 

Examples of positions our alumni currently hold include: 

· Software Engineer at Google

· Data Scientist at Airbnb /

· Project Manager at Volvo Car Group

· Computer Vision Expert at Eagle Vision

· PhD student at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, University of Zurich, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Frank van Harmelen, Professor at VU Amsterdam

Frank van Harmelen, Professor at VU Amsterdam

'The idea that computers somehow could replace people, is not only socially undesirable, it is also incorrect. Because computer intelligence and human intelligence are very different. Computers have perfect memory, they can spot patterns that humans could never detect. While humans are exquisite collaborateurs, they know about eachothers knowledge and goals. So why would we build computers that would replace people if we could also collaborate.'

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Frank van Harmelen

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

Almost all organisations, from corporations to consultancies, are looking for qualified computer scientists and data scientists with an education in AI. But you’d also be well qualified to work for a small, dynamic start-up company. Our graduates have found positions at publishing and analytics firms like Elsevier, multi-national electronics corporations like Philips, research organisations like TNO, and healthcare companies like ChipSoft, to mention just a few. You could become an Applications Developer for a technology start-up, or a Knowledge Manager or Information Analyst at a company or healthcare institution.

AI experts form an essential bridge between technology and society – you may not be the programmer doing the coding yourself, but you’ll have the skills to analyse the problem, understand the need from a human perspective, and translate those into a project plan for a developer to execute.

Or pursue an academic career

Some graduates decide to apply for a PhD position, which can lead to a career in business or research. These are normally awarded for four years, during which time you’re expected to finish your PhD thesis. Some of our recent PhD graduates now work as researchers or engineers at companies like Google or Amazon. Others have embarked on academic careers, either at VU Amsterdam or other prestigious universities.