Universiteit Leiden

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Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (BSc)

Why Leiden University?

You gain a strong foundation in computer science, combined with knowledge of machine learning, cognitive science, human-robot interaction. You will learn to develop and program systems based on knowledge of the human brain.

Reasons to study this bachelor in Leiden


Computational thinking and data science

In Leiden we believe: a competent AI engineer, is first and foremost a skilled computer scientist. Therefore you will receive a strong basis in computer science, mathematics and statistics. This will be combined to advanced machine learning, cognitive science and AI competence.

Research university

Teaching is directly inspired and nourished by current scientific research. Lectures are taught by academic staff involved in cutting-edge research on computer science, data science, artificial intelligence, media, interaction and cognitive science. Insights gained in their own research are being used in their lectures.


Students profit from a number of elective and mandatory courses in cognitive psychology, data science and artificial intelligence. Also, Leiden University is part of the LDE alliance with TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Students have the advantage of having a large number of minors in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus context to choose from.

Study at the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is a first-class research faculty with an excellent position in the basic disciplines of science. The current research and education programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics and Statistical Science, Computer Science and Data Science, Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Our science community is driven by their curiosity and desire to increase basic knowledge, for science and to contribute to the great societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Core values are scientific impact, technological innovation and relevance to society.

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.
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