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Artificial intelligence (MSc)

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This full-time programme will start in September 2018. Non-EU applicants can apply now, the EU application process will open in February 2018.


Artificial 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 developers 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.

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Who Should Apply?

Are you an analytical thinker who enjoys working with intelligent computer systems? Do you like solving challenging problems? Have you got strong coding and mathematical skills? Would you like to know more about topics such as Machine Learning, Metaheuristic Optimisation, Big Data and Large Scale Computing, Deep Learning, Decision Analytics, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Research Practice and Ethics? Do you hold an honours degree in Computer Science, Engineering or in a cognate discipline? If so, this Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence degree is the right choice for you.

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

What is industry saying about Artificial Intelligence?

Current industry commentary and predictions include:
“85% of executives report they will invest extensively in AI-related technologies over the next three years.” Accenture’s 2017 industry report, Technology Vision 2017

“79% believe AI will revolutionize the way they gain information from and interact with customers.” Accenture’s 2017 industry report, Technology Vision 2017

“Starting in 2020, AI will eliminate 1.8 million jobs, but will be a net job creator, creating 2.3 million jobs. In 2021, AI augmentation will create $2.9 trillion of business value and 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity. - Peter Sondergaard (Gartner Executive Vice President)
Gartner projects that more than 85% of customer interactions will be managed without a human by 2020, and chatbots are also expected to be the No.1 consumer applications of AI over the next five years. Gartner

By 2021, more than 50% of enterprises will spend more per annum on bots and chatbot creation than traditional mobile app development. Gartner

“Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI will transform in the next several years.” - Andrew Ng (Founder of Coursera and also one of the most well-respected names in Machine Learning and AI)

“I think it's gigantic. It's probably hard to overstate how big of an impact it's going to have on society over the next 20 years. It has been a dream since the early days of science fiction to have a computer that you can talk to in a natural way and actually ask it to have a conversation with you and ask it to do things for you. And that is coming true.” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on the future transformative influence of AI.


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

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