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Artificial Intelligence (MSc)


artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is a field of computer science that enables computers and machines to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. Its many applications range from chess-playing robots and autonomous cars to speech, image, and language processing, robotic manufacturing, and surveillance systems. AI simulates human intelligence processes by combining large datasets, machine learning, and computational power with algorithms capable of solving problems.

In the twenty-first century, AI techniques have experienced a resurgence following concurrent advances in computer power, large amounts of data, and theoretical understanding. AI techniques have become an essential part of the technology industry, helping to solve many challenging problems in computer science.

MSc in Artificial Intelligence

This master's degree programme provides a technical deep-dive into the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The programme will produce AI graduates with a highly relevant skillset in AI topics. You’ll learn how to use and develop intelligent computer systems that can learn from experience, recognise patterns in vast amounts of data and reason strategically in complex decision making situations. The programme places significant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods.


Entry to the MSc in Artificial Intelligence will require a minimum of a Level 8 honours degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Computing or an honours degree in a cognate discipline. As this is an expert level programme, it is essential for applicants to have a strong proficiency in mathematics, including statistics, and an advanced level of coding competency in a modern high-level computer programming language such as Python or Java.

Programme Aim

The aim of this programme is to produce expert AI developers. Successful completion of the programme will equip these graduates with the desired skills and provide them with the following benefits:

  • Ability to deal with technically complex problems
  • Support in making strategically important decisions within their profession
  • Gain a qualification that is in high demand in the market place
  • Attain expertise to carry out AI research in academic and R&D environments
  • Provide intelligent solutions to IT problems in companies and organizations
  • Pursue doctoral studies within the domain of AI and ML in CIT

Programme Structure

The programme contains challenging and interesting modules delivered by lecturers who are experts in AI. Students will also be presented with opportunities to work on modern research case studies linked to the domain expertise of staff in the department. The programme places signifcant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods.

There are no formal end of semester written examinations and this ensures that students will learn by doing from the first module to the last. This 60 credit programme is delivered over two 30 credit semesters. Each semester has a number of mandatory modules and a choice of electives (all electives may not be offered).

As shown in the table over, learners will undertake six modules in semester one and three in semester two, each module is worth 5 ECTS credits and the research project is worth 15 ECTS credits. The electives allow opportunities to focus on specific modules and some students may opt for free choice electives.

EU student FEES

EU student fees are €6,500. Per semester fee instalments are possible, please contact the Fees Office in CIT if this is your preferred payment option. Some students may be elibible for SUSI grant support, check the Eligibility Reckoner on the SUSI website for further details.

international students (Non-EU)

Non-EU fees are €12000, scholarships (25%) are available up to 31st March 2018 reducing fees to €9000. 


Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


September 2018.


Dr Ted Scully
Department of Computer Science
T: +353 (21) 4336140

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