This course is available to study starting in January 2021 or October 2021; part-time study is only available as part of the October-start option.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a broad area of research that uses rigorous and hands-on computational techniques to address significant problems that arise in many different disciplines, including, but not limited to, computing systems, economics, business, healthcare, games, medicine design, education and agriculture. With the rapid advance of AI, there is a growing demand for students who can understand and promote AI to all these sectors.
Our MSc Artificial Intelligence and its Applications conversion course will equip you with a skillset on AI techniques, and prepare you for meeting demand, regardless of your academic background. You will obtain a comprehensive perspective of the current developments, the needs and the potential of AI, by participating in taught modules that promote a deep understanding of AI methods together with others that deliver the necessary technical expertise.
Our course will cover areas including:
Our course will give you both theoretical and technical relevant skills, and will offer you:
You will also gain transferable skills such as the ability to develop and present arguments, as well as the ability to work independently and in groups. Within our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering lies the very strong AI for Decision Making research group, which will offer graduates of the course networking opportunities.
The course is developed in collaboration with industry partners and public sector organisations, offering you paid work placement opportunities. Our partners include BT, Profusion, Essex County Council, Essex Police, and Suffolk County Council.
We are offering a brand new scholarship, funded by the Office for Students. Each scholarship is valued at £10,000, which can be used to pay tuition fees. These scholarships are aimed at groups of people who under-represented in the areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the UK. To apply for a scholarship, you will need to be holding an offer to study our MSc Artificial Intelligence and its Applications course. Full details about this scholarship and information on how to apply can be found on our website here.
Our research covers a range of topics, from materials science and semiconductor device physics, to the theory of computation and the philosophy of computer science, with most of our research groups based around laboratories offering world-class facilities.
Our impressive external research funding stands at over £4 million and we participate in a number of EU initiatives and undertake projects under contract to many outside bodies, including government and industrial organisations.
In recent years we have attracted many highly active research staff and we are conducting world-leading research in areas such as evolutionary computation, brain-computer interfacing, intelligent inhabited environments and financial forecasting.
We are one of the largest and best resourced computer science and electronic engineering schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment.
With a skillset that combines both technical and analytical know-how from our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, our graduates will be able to find employment in very competitive institutions in a wide range of disciplines. A career in artificial intelligence can be realised within a wide range of sectors, including health, finance, education etc, both in the public and the private sector. Examples of specific jobs held by our AI graduates include computer/data/research scientists, software developers and analysts .
We also work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
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Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across two years.
Please note that if you are studying full-time (either starting in October or January) there is no second year; you will develop your dissertation throughout the course of your single year.
£9,500EU students commencing their course in the 2020-21 academic year will be liable for the Home/UK fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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