MSc in Artificial Intelligence

Course Code: CR_KARTI_9 Delivery: Part-time, Online Duration:  4 Semesters (24 months) Application Closing Date: September  Hosting Academic Department: Computer Science



Dr Donna O'Shea
Department of Computer Science

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Who is this course aimed at?

This online Master of Science provides a technical deep-dive into the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The programme will produce AI graduates with a highly relevant skill set in AI topics in which students will learn how to use and develop intelligent computer systems that can learn from experience, recognise patterns in vast amounts of data and reason strategically in complex decision making situations.

The progamme will engage and challenge learners on multiple levels, requiring you to think analytically and work with intelligent computer systems, use strong coding and mathematical skills and engage with a wide and diverse range of topics such as Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation, Metaheuristic Optimisation, Big Data Processing, Deep Learning, Decision Analytics, Research Practice and Ethics.

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What skills will I learn?

The programme content delivers a comprehensive range of topics integral to the study of AI. These include machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, optimisation, and big data processing to name but a few. The aim of this programme is to produce expert AI developers.

Successful completion of the programme will equip these graduates with the desired skills and provide them with the following benefits:

  • Ability to deal with technically complex problems.
  • Support in making strategically important decisions within their profession.
  • Gain a qualification that is in high demand in the market place.
  • Attain expertise to carry out AI research in academic and R&D environments.
  • Provide intelligent solutions to IT problems in companies and organisations.
  • Pursue doctoral studies within the domain of AI and ML in MTU Cork.

Graduates of the programme may also wish to continue to PhD level in this exciting field of study.

What are the benefits of doing the course online?

Doing the course online offers a large number of benefits to participating students. MTU Cork's online programmes offer you the opportunity to study within your own schedule and at your own location. Using state of the art communication and education technology, students will have live access to MTU Cork lecturers and a range of international speakers. Live and recorded content allowing for meaningful interaction with fellow students and lecturers is a cornerstone of our lecturing approach on this programme. This offers great flexibility for students who can access lectures and labs anytime, anywhere on any device that has a web browser. Thus, participants experience the benefits of various types of learning in an environment that is conducive to busy lifestyles.


What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field of computer science that enables computers and machines to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. Its many applications range from chess-playing robots and autonomous cars to speech, image, and language processing, robotic manufacturing, and surveillance systems. AI simulates human intelligence processes by combining large datasets, machine learning, and computational power with algorithms capable of solving problems.


” Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI will transform in the next several years”
Andrew Ng – VP & Chief Scientist at Baidu


In the twenty-first century, AI techniques have experienced a resurgence following concurrent advances in computer power, large amounts of data, and theoretical understanding. AI techniques have become an essential part of the technology industry, helping to solve many challenging problems in computer science.


Other Noteworthy Elements

MTU Cork's MSc in Artificial Intelligence contains challenging and interesting modules delivered by lecturers who are experts in AI. Students will also be presented with opportunities to work on modern research case studies linked to the domain expertise of staff in the department. The programme places significant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods.


There are no formal end of semester written examinations and this ensures that students will learn by doing from the first module to the last. This 60 credit programme is delivered over two 30 credit semesters. Each semester has a number of mandatory modules and a choice of electives


Admission Requirements

Entry to the MSc in Artificial Intelligence will require a minimum of a Level 8 honours degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Computing or an honours degree in a cognate discipline. As this is an expert level programme, it is essential for applicants to have a strong proficiency in mathematics, including statistics, and an advanced level of coding competency in a modern high-level computer programming language such as Python or Java. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be considered on a case by case basis. Please see MTU Cork's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) page for further details.

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