The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

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Overview

If you have ever wondered how to build an AI system like Siri or Cortana which can understand human language and carry out conversations with people, or how to build an interactive robot that can speak with humans, then this programme will provide all the knowledge and skills you need.

You will learn about Natural Language Processing, machine learning, spoken dialogue systems, multimodal interfaces, and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). You will gain deep knowledge of spoken language understanding systems, and Natural Language Generation methods, as well as state-of-the-art dialogue management techniques. The programme also covers experimental design for the evaluation of conversational interfaces and by the end of it you will have developed and tested your own Conversational Agent, possibly by using one of our robots (e.g. Pepper, Nao, FurHat, or iCub).

The MSc project can be carried out in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation.

Further details are available here.

Programme duration

This full-time programme starts in September and lasts one year. The programme can also be taken part-time over 2 years or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.

Professional recognition

The MSc programme is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Course content

   Detailed course guide

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take all core courses.

Core Courses:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents
  • Conversational Agents and Spoken Language Processing
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Research Methods and Project Planning

Optional Courses:

  • Advanced Interaction Design
  • Big Data Management
  • Biologically Inspired Computation
  • Computer Games Programming
  • Data Visualisation and Analytics
  • Industrial Programming
  • Intelligent Robotics
  • Mobile Communications and Programming

After semester 2, students continue full-time on the MSc project.

Further details are available here

Project

In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.