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MSc Artificial Intelligence (2 years) is a newly designed two-year conversion programme. It has been created to provide the perfect stepping stone for students aiming for a career in artificial intelligence, who may not be coming directly from a computing background.


This two year programme offers an opportunity for students looking to transition to a new career path in artificial intelligence (AI), who may be coming from a background outside computing. Whether your experience lies in psychology, linguistics, science, technology or the arts, this pathway programme is a rare opportunity to become well-versed in the advanced, challenging field of AI.

The programme aims to provide intensive and high-quality preparatory graduate and postgraduate education in artificial intelligence, all within just two years. The collective programme will be taught by a variety of traditional and innovative means, making use of applied topical material relevant to research and industry. This will create a supply of robustly prepared postgraduates with skills relevant to research and industrial applications of AI, in the UK and internationally.

Course content

The two year MSc in Artificial Intelligence is a full-time postgraduate programme comprising two stages in two successive years.

Year 1

4 courses are taken in each of 2 semesters in Year 2 and normally include all core courses.

Core courses

  • Software Engineering Foundations (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Interaction Design (Semester 1)
  • Artificial intelligence and Intelligent Agents (Semester 1)
  • Advanced Software Engineering (Semester 2)

Optional courses

  • Databases and Information Systems (Semester 1)
  • Research Preparation in English I (Semester 1)
  • Statistical Modelling and Analysis (Semester 1)
  • Project Management (Semester 2)
  • Operating Systems and Concurrency (Semester 2)
  • Advanced Interaction Design (Semester 2)
  • Research Preparation in English II (Semester 2)
  • Software Engineering Master Class (Semester 2)

Year 2

4 courses are taken in each of 2 semesters in Year 2 and normally include all core courses.

Core courses

  • Biologically Inspired Computation (Semester 1)
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning (Semester 1)
  • Research Methods and Project Planning (Semester 2)

Optional courses

  • 3D Graphics and Animation (Semester 1)
  • Human Robot Interaction (Semester 1)
  • Industrial Programming (Semester 1)
  • Intelligent Robotics (Semester 1)
  • Big Data Management (Semester 2)
  • Computer Games Programming (Semester 2)
  • Conversational Agents and Spoken Language Processing (Semester 2)
  • Data Visualisation and Analytics (Semester 2)
  • e-Commerce Technology(Semester 2)

After semester 2, students continue full-time on the MSc project from May until August. It is assessed by a 15000 word dissertation on a challenging practical problem in this subject area.

Full details on this MSc programme are available here.

Entry requirements

Admission requires a good honours degree at UK 2:2 level (minimum), with evidence of numeracy and familiarity with a programming language.

This programme is designed for students with a non-Computer Science background who would benefit from a foundational year to help them to make a successful transition into AI, and therefore students will only be recruited into Year 1 of this programme.

There is no direct entry into Year 2 of this programme.

English language requirements

Important: If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.0 (with no component under 5.5), we also accept TOEFL (scores of 79 and higher).

Students, who have an IELTS level less than 6.5, will be required to take the 2 research preparation in English courses in year 1 in order to bring their English up to the normal postgraduate level.


Additional fees information

Year 1 - Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7,400
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7,400
Overseas £19,800

Please note that fees are payable for each year of this two year MSc.

Year 2 - Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7,400
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7,400
Overseas Tbc

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.