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.
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)