In the final thesis project the student carries out a research project under the supervision of one of the staff members of the research groups offering the AI programme. The project can be done within Utrecht University or in a research-and-development department of a company or research institute, or at a foreign university. In the past, students have carried out external thesis projects in such companies as KPN, Origin, The Dutch Tax and Customs Office, Vitatron Medical B.V, TNO, NS, ProRail, ING, STRO, VSTEP, LibRT and Playlogic Game Factory, and at foreign universities or with companies in Australia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, the USA and Switzerland.

When done within the Utrecht University, the final thesis project is carried out in close collaboration with the teaching staff of the AI programme. The student is expected to actively participate in the relevant research activities of the teaching staff. The thesis supervisor monitors the progress and advises the student in regular meetings. When the final project is conducted within a company or external institute, both a local supervisor within the company/institute and a supervisor of the AI programme teaching staff monitor and guide the student.

Visit the "MSC Project Artificial Intelligence" page at for comprehensive information on the procedures for finding, carrying out and finishing your thesis project.

New setup of final thesis project for students starting on or after 1 September 2016:

For students starting the master programme on or after 1 September 2016 the final thesis project will be renamed to "Research part" and will consist of the following four parts:

  • Introducing Natural Sciences (INTRO-GSNS; 0,5 ec)
  • Dilemmas for the scientist (FI-MHPSDIL; 0,5 ec)
  • Artificial intelligence MSc thesis Part I (INFOMAI1; 14 EC)
  • Artificial intelligence MSc thesis Part II (INFOMAI2;30 EC)



You are required to fill out the following forms in order to be able to either start or finish your research project or extracurricular internship. This project or extracurricular internship may take place at Utrecht University or at one of our partners (a different university, research institute, or business). 

Please fill out the forms digitally and use a print-out for signing and handing in. The documents require macros to be enabled in Word to use all of the form functionality.

  • Make sure to hand in the co-signed Research Application Form at the Science Student Desk prior to starting your project. Important: this form can only be filled out completely after you have discussed the project setup with your intended project supervisor! 
  • Please note that this protocol (English version) applies when a project is delayed. 
  • In case of a project or extracurricular internship outside of Utrecht University, please make sure you have filled out the 'daily supervisor' section of the Research Application Form and also fill out this Work Placement Agreement.
  • If your project is split into two parts, your project supervisor will fill out the assessment form part 1 at the end of the first part of your project.
  • At the end of your project your supervisor will fill out the assessment form part 2 and hand it in at the Science Studente Desk in order to have your grade registered in Osiris. 
  • Specific for Mathematical Sciences students: please refer to these guidelines.
  • Specific for Nanomaterials Science students: please refer to these guidelines.