Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is one the most exciting and fastest growing areas of information and communications technology (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.

The MSc in Computer Science-Artificial Intelligence is aimed at graduates with a primary qualification in computer science or related subject area. It is not a conversion course, but expects students to be already at a very high technical standard with regard to their Computer Science education.

This full-time programme is taught by renowned, interdisciplinary NUI Galway experts in the field. It covers over two semesters many complementary areas of AI, including meta-heuristic optimisation, deep learning, autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. Furthermore, students reinforce their newly gained skills in a 30-credit project that is completed during the summer. Here students may have the opportunity to collaborate with a research group or with an industry partner.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Prior Qualification:
This MSc is targeted at high-performing graduates of Level 8 computer science programmes, or Level 8 science/engineering programmes that offer sufficient training in computing. The minimum academic requirement for entry to the programme is a First Class Honours (or equivalent) from a recognised university or third-level college. However, a good Second Class Honours (or equivalent) can be deemed sufficient on the recommendation of the programme director.

English Language Proficiency:
Overall, entry to the MSc requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in the writing ability category and no less than 6.0 in the other categories.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


ECTS weighting 90


1 year, full-time.


Fees: EU
€7,215 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition
€6,991 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy
€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU
€17,750 p.a. 2019/20

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2019

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Career Opportunities
AI skills will be required in every industry and could create- according to a recent Forbes report—up to 22 million new jobs globally by 2022. The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025 machines are expected to perform more current work tasks than humans, compared to 71% being performed by humans today, and their recent report concludes that AI, robotics, and smart automation technology could contribute up to $15 trillion to global GDP by 2030. Within the AI space, there is a diversity of jobs requiring various levels of expertise.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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