Artificial Intelligence, MSc

Artificial Intelligence, MSc

Introduction

This programme engages with all aspects of AI, from its fundamentals to the cutting-edge techniques revolutionising how we live, learn, work and socialise, to open up career opportunities in this dynamic, fast-moving field.

The Data Lab Scholarship
The Data Lab is offering 2 scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition for Scotland-based* students commencing the MSc Artificial Intelligence programme in September 2024. Find out more.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship
Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months or 15 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September or January
Location of Study
Aberdeen

The MSc Artificial Intelligence covers the theoretical underpinning of a wide variety of AI-related techniques including data and text mining, machine learning, reasoning, natural language generation, knowledge representation, and distributed AI systems as well as the technology, techniques, tools, software and methodologies used to apply these underlying theories to real-world problems.

You will learn how to engineer and evaluate AI systems and also engage in debates around the legal and ethical issues involved in the ethics of AI technology. The programme culminates with a research project, which you will undertake under the supervision of a member of staff and can also be undertaken with an external company or organisation. Typical projects include extending, improving or adapting existing AI theories or techniques to solve different problems or comparing competing techniques or tools to solve a particular problem.

The skills and knowledge you will learn on this programme is shaped by the latest research in AI. The University of Aberdeen has over 30 years’ of experience, and a worldwide reputation in AI-related research, focusing on areas such as machine learning, data science, natural language generation, and multi-agent systems. Data and AI is one of five interdisciplinary research priorities for the University of Aberdeen and the department has strong links with the University's Centre for Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Spin-out successes from the University of Aberdeen include ARRIA NLG, one of the world’s leading natural language generation companies. Our close industry links mean you will have opportunities to apply your skills through training and networking events and industrial placements organised through organisations such as the Data Lab, Intel AI Academy, IBM, Intelligent Plant, and Aberdeen City Council.

Available Programmes of Study

MSc

Artificial Intelligence

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September Aberdeen More
MSc 15 months On Campus Learning Full Time January Aberdeen More

Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programme(s) above.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

  • The Data Lab is offering 2 scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition for Scotland-based students commencing the MSc Artificial Intelligence programme in September 2024. Find out more.
  • Shell U.K. Limited is offering three £20,000 scholarships for students starting a Masters programme aligned with the Centre for Energy Transition (CET) commencing in September 2024. Find out more

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more about this scholarship and other funding opportunities available.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Peer Learning
  • Research
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Why Study Artificial Intelligence?

  • The MSc Artificial Intelligence covers both the theoretical underpinning of AI as well as the technology, techniques, tools, software and methodologies used to apply these underlying theories to real-world problems.
  • You will learn the key skills in the use of Symbolic AI, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Natural Language Processing in order to be able to engineer, develop and evaluate AI systems
  • Your research project gives you the opportunity to further enhance your problem-solving and communication skills and apply the skills and knowledge you obtain throughout the programme.
  • There has been a huge increase in demand for AI specialists across almost every industry, from energy and manufacturing to healthcare and cybercrime. This recent LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise report listed Machine Learning Engineer as one of the fastest-growing jobs in the UK. 
  • The University of Aberdeen has a strong history and worldwide reputation in computing science, in particular around Data Science, Natural Language Generation and Artificial Intelligence and is home to the research success of ARRIA NLG - the global leader in the field of natural language generation (NLG).
  • From agriculture and archaeology to medicine and geosciences, our researchers are utilising data and AI across many fields to further research and improve lives. Browse the project summaries in our Interdisciplinary Research Project Database to find out more about the critical role data and artificial intelligence have to play in advances spanning many disciplines.
  • Our close industry links mean you will have opportunities to apply your skills through training and networking events and industrial placements organised through our partner organisations.
  • The University of Aberdeen is a member of the Turing University Network, a network of UK universities engaged in cutting-edge teaching and research in data science and AI.
  • The University of Aberdeen also has strong links with the energy industry and our researchers are actively engaged in applying technologies built with AI to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately to help society transition to net zero.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a Computing Science degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

Key subjects you must have covered: Python, Algorithmic problem solving and Data Structures. Programming experience in other languages, such as Java, C and C++, is recommended - but not required - to follow the courses taught in this programme.

Applicants with a 2:2 or equivalent in Engineering (e.g. Electronic/Electrical Engineering) will be reviewed by the selectors for suitability on a case-by-case basis.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded post graduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships

Careers

Artificial Intelligence has become increasingly under the spotlight on the back of recent impressive advancements such as ChatGPT. The ever-increasing adoption of AI technology across all industry sectors means there is growing demand for people who can design, manage and direct the technology.

In 2021, the UK government published the National AI Strategy which sets out a 10-year plan to make the UK a word-leader in AI with the help of a thriving AI ecosystem and world-class R&D system.

According to research from Lightcast, the number of UK job postings requesting artificial intelligence skills has more than tripled over the past decade, making the UK one of the global leaders in this vital field.

There has been a huge increase in demand for AI specialists across almost every industry, from energy and manufacturing to healthcare and cybercrime. This recent LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise report listed Machine Learning Engineer as one of the fastest-growing jobs in the UK.

What our Alumni Say

Swarada Adavadkar

Swarada Adavadkar

Swarada Adavadkar

Job Details
Data Science Specialist, James Fisher Asset Information Systems
Graduated 2019

Other than technical skills, the degree programme has also helped me in developing my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The degree programme also gave me an opportunity to develop a self-motivated and analytical approach towards the project work. I would also like to mention that the invaluable guidance on the fundamentals and project work, provided by the professors with strong academic profiles, has definitely contributed to shaping my career.

Our Experts

Director
Dewei Yi

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

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