Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the forefront of computer science research for over 50 years. In recent years a confluence of breakthroughs in hardware capability and insights into algorithm design have made the early promise of intelligent machines a reality. AI is one of the fastest growing areas of ICT industry and research. It has the potential to positively transform every aspect of all our lives, from smart cities and autonomous vehicles, through to improved healthcare services and low-carbon economies.

This is a distinctive programme that is closely aligned to the research and teaching expertise of the Information Technology discipline and NUI Galway's Data Science Institute (https://, home of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics (

Students also have the opportunity to choose from several optional online modules on offer from our partner in this programme, Dublin City University (DCU). The programme is taught over two years and is delivered completely online using state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to support the virtual classroom. Students are expected to attend classes on campus at most one day per semester.


1. AI is a topic of enormous interest and relevance to all aspects of work and society.

2. There is a global shortage of talent and expertise in AI, data analytics and data science.

3. This part-time MSc is taught online.

Entry requirements

This MSc is targeted at people currently working in industry who wish to significantly deepen their computing skills through a specialisation in Artificial Intelligence. Candidates must have a strong 2.2 level 8 computer science degree or a strong 2.2 Level 8 science / engineering degree that provides extensive training in computing.

Candidates who do not meet this requirement but are deemed by the programme director to have reached an equivalent standard will also be considered.

Candidates must be EU/EEA nationals or working in Ireland on an Irish Employment Permit

Subjects taught

The MSc in Computer Science‚ÄĒArtificial Intelligence (online) is a 2-year 90-ECTS course taught online comprising:
12 taught modules in core AI topics (60 ECTS)

A substantial capstone project (30 ECTS).

The taught modules include:
Machine Learning;
Deep Learning;
Natural Language Processing;
Programming and Tools for Artificial Intelligence;
Tools and Techniques for Large Scale Data Analytics;
Research Skills in Artificial Intelligence
Reinforcement Learning and Multi-Agent Systems,
Data Visualisation;
Knowledge Representation & Statistical Relational Learning;
Information Retrieval;
Ethics in Artificial Intelligence;

Students at NUI Galway will also have the opportunity to choose from the following optional online modules on offer from Dublin City University.
Computer Vision;
Statistical Machine Translation;
Mechanics of Search.

From Semester 2 onwards, students work on industry-focused projects and submit them in August. Projects may have a research or applied focus



2 years, part-time

Mode of study
Online, part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2019

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This innovative online MSc will equip the student with state-of-theart knowledge and practical skills that are increasingly sought after in industry today.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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