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Degrees with a future: artificial intelligence

Germany is a leading location for AI research. Find out about three pioneering study programmes. 

Gunda Achterhold , 04.04.2023
Robots and AI – research project at TUM Munich
Robots and AI – research project at TUM Munich © picture alliance/dpa

Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important in all areas of our lives. Here you can find out about three particularly interesting study programmes in this subject area in Germany

How AI systems are developed 

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken hold in almost all areas of our lives. AI applications are used in many different context such as robotics, cybersecurity, big data, medicine and intelligent management for technical systems in industry. There is a corresponding demand for specialists with high levels of training. Students on the bachelor’s degree course in artificial intelligence at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg study how techniques and approaches from IT, mathematics and psychology can be combined to develop these processes. The advanced master’s degree course in artificial intelligence technology builds on these foundations and focuses the independent design of AI systems from the initial idea through to implementation. 

AI specialists for change projects 

The business faculty at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences offers a master’s degree course in applied artificial intelligence and digital transformation (KDT) but the course has an interdisciplinary approach. The course offers targeted training for experts in commercial AI applications which will support businesses going through the digital transformation. Alongside studying mathematical and technical content, students also study the organisational skills over the course of three semesters which they will need to implement AI applications in commercial contexts in a successful and legally watertight way. Graduates of the course take part in change projects, working closely with experts in IT, technology and management. 

Interactions between humans and machines 

Skills like perception, thinking, planning, learning, speaking and acting very important when developing artificial intelligence systems. AI imitates human cognitive faculties by recognising and processing information from input data. Cognitive science is still young as a discipline, but it sheds light on these cognitive faculties and their neurophysiological bases from experimental and theoretical perspectives. Mathematical methods and computer models of mental processes form part of the study programme at the University of Osnabrück alongside psychological and neuroscientific experiments and ethical questions in dealing with AI. The bachelor’s and subsequent master’s degree programmes in cognitive science are taught in English and German and consolidate all the relevant disciplines. They train students to implement findings from cognitive science in human/machine interactions, in fields such as IT, medicine and aspects related to psychology.