Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence - Online

This is a distinctive programme taught by an internationally renowned, interdisciplinary team of University of Galway experts in the field, many of whom are researchers at 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.

This is an intensive and technically rigorous programme. The estimated workload is 20 hours per week during the teaching semesters (September–December and January– April). Each semester is 12 weeks plus a study week and exam period.

Subjects taught

The MSc in Computer Science—Artificial Intelligence (online) is a two-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 University of Galway will also have the opportunity to choose from the following optional online modules on offer from Dublin City University.

Machine Translation;
Mechanics of Search.
From Year 1, Semester 2 onwards, students work on industry-focused projects and submit them in August Year 2. Projects may have a research or applied focus.

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 (or equivalent) computer science degree or a strong 2.2 Level 8 (or equivalent) 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.

Eligibility: in addition to the academic requirements, candidates must be working in private or commercial semi-state organisations in Republic of Ireland.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may still be considered through a combination of academic qualifications and relevant work experience as detailed in the Applicant's CV and application. A formal Recognition of Prior Learning application is not required.



2 years, part-time.

Online Part-time

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2024

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

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Part time

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