Artificial Intelligence

In the last decade the advances in Artificial Intelligence have made it at the forefront of technology, with many advances improving our daily lives.

Such is its importance that AI has become a national priority in many countries, including the UK, US, China, and India.

As a result, there is a huge demand for specialist graduates with advanced AI knowledge and skills.

The PG Cert in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is aimed as a starting point to prepare students to embark on an industrial career or further research studies, with knowledge and skills in AI mathematics, knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and data analytics. They will also gain experience in applying AI knowledge and skills to develop AI systems and applications. The PG Cert will introduce core taught material, enabling students to gain a good understanding of the range of topics, and acquired skills associated with the creation, evaluation and deployment of AI systems and applications.

About You
An analytical, curious, technical, and ambitious individual. You are ready to expand the horizons of what is possible.

You will appreciate the growing demand for AI in the world and would seek to use these skills to further your career in this exciting and expanding area.

Ideally, you will be a Computing graduate with strong programming skills and a solid background in mathematics.

Artificial Intelligence Highlights
Industry Links
• Developed in direct response to industry need this course will provide the building blocks required for you to step into a career in AI.
• Employers who are interested in people like you: BT, BBC, PwC, Kainos, Datactics, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Oosto (formerly Anyvision), etc.

Career Development
• Where would you like to be in five years time? A thought leader in AI, showcasing technological advancements through research. Working for some of the largest companies on the planet. Or even advising government policy. The future is an exciting place, full of opportunity.

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
Academic Team
You will be taught by a teaching team who are specialists in each subject area and bring a wealth of up-to-date knowledge to the course. This extensive research experience combined with group projects in small teams offers you the perfect environment to study AI.

English Language Support
The school is offering support on the use of English in academic writing. This will help you not only during your studies at Queen’s, but also in your future career.

Each of the six taught modules in the Course is designed to help you incrementally build your knowledge, understanding, and skills of AI. Starting with learning core AI principles with Foundations of AI, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Engineering, the course then progresses to focus on Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing. The final taught module will expose you to real-world applications of AI with our AI for Health module, an area of world-renowned research excellence at Queen’s University, allowing you to put theory into practice in an applied setting.

The taught modules will also prepare you for a final, large-scale research project which will provide you with an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills in a thematic area.

Transferrable Skills
This course is designed to deliver qualified and sought-after graduates ready for the future of AI technology.

Virtual Learning Environment
All modules have a virtual learning environment (using Canvas) where the students can find all relevant material (lecture notes, handouts, video lectures) as well as online quizzes and assignments. Without a doubt, having all learning resources in one place is very useful.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Taught modules in block mode will be running from September 2023.

Computer Vision
This module will cover deep neural networks (DNNs) and modern approaches to computer vision including DNN models for various computer vision tasks and current topics of computer vision. It will develop the ability to utilise DNN models to solve real-world computer vision challenges, the ability to obtain image/video data from recognised repositories, the ability to utilise existing libraries and packages for implementing appropriate DNN models for a given computer vision task.

Foundations of AI
This module will cover the fundamental mathematics underlying AI including probability and statistics, calculus, algebra and optimisation. It will provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamentals; develop the ability to utilise them to understand and explain various AI techniques, and the ability to identify the most suitable modelling, optimisation, factorisation, and transformation approach for a given problem.

Machine Learning
This module will cover different types of machine learning and various algorithms of each type. It will provide you with a systematic understanding of machine learning as a subject area, develop your ability to identify problems that can be solved using machine learning methods, to apply suitable machine learning algorithms and software packages to solve real-world problems, to evaluate and compare the performance of machine learning methods for a given problem, and to present and discuss the results of machine learning methods and propose appropriate improvements to methods.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics with Computer Science, Physics with Computer Science or a related discipline. Applicants must normally have achieved 2:1 standard or above in relevant modules.

Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree and a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the University) in one of the above disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants will be expected to have mathematical ability and significant programming experience as evidenced either through the content of their primary degree or through another appropriate formal qualification.

Applications may be considered from those who do not meet the above requirements but can provide evidence of recent relevant technical experience in industry, for example, in programming.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

Places available on this programme are limited. Where there are more eligible applicants than places available the academic selectors will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided within each application. We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. Please see the following link for further information:

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Application dates

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th August 2023 at 12 noon.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2023 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.

New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen’s student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.

If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.

Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.


1 year (Full Time)

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2023

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