Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence - Online

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: smart cities, precision agriculture, optimised transport, self-driving cars, automated healthcare, product recommendation, games, and artificial creativity.

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 not required to attend classes on campus, but on-campus end-of-semester exams are used. Students also have the opportunity to choose from several optional online modules on offer from our partner in this programme, Dublin City University (DCU).

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.

Subjects taught

The MSc in Computer Science—Artificial 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

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
This MSc is targeted at people currently working in industry in Ireland who wish to significantly deepen their computing skills through a specialisation in AI. Candidates must have a strong Level 8 2.2 computer science degree or a strong Level 8 2.2 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.

Application dates

CLOSING DATE: 23rd July 2022.



2 years, part-time.

Online Part-time

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2019

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Career Opportunities
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)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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