Applied Artificial Intelligence (including Professional Practice) MSc

If you want to build a career in the exciting world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) but don’t have a computer science background, this conversion course could be for you. This course also features the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in its second year.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Integrated placement year

Duration

22 months full-time

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
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“The support was very good - I knew there would always be someone to talk to if needed.”

Nick Powell, Postgraduate Computer Science Alumnus

Course outline and modules

** A limited number of full scholarships will be available for this programme and full details are available here **

Artificial Intelligence is at the cutting edge of technology and its potential applications are almost limitless. From developing robots that help people in their own homes to using AI in modelling and managing serious health conditions, it is changing the way we live. 

There is no doubt that this rapidly growing area of computer science will be at the centre of technological advances in the future. 

As you won’t have a computer science background, this conversion course is designed to get you up to speed quickly, covering the foundations of computer science as well as the specialist knowledge needed for a career in AI.

Our Artificial Intelligence masters is taught by a team of active researchers, so you’ll benefit from their ongoing work and be taught the latest techniques on this interactive course. 

This course was developed with support from the Institute of Coding to help break down barriers to digital learning and employment.

The difference between this course and the MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence course with no mention of Professional Practice, is that this one features a professional placement. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement, with the help of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities. Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students getting professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support. Please find more about the timeframe under ‘Learning, teaching and assessment’.

What you’ll learn

We'll teach you the specialist, technical information you need, and you'll develop your ability to create ethical, well-justified and appropriate AI solutions to real-life challenges. 

With an emphasis on practical experience, you’ll have the opportunity to design and plan, implement, test, evaluate and document your solutions, preparing you for future challenges as you develop your career. 

You’ll work on your own and as part of a team on projects and presentations. The different projects will enable you to develop your communication and team working skills alongside your technical expertise, which is important as you enter the workplace.

Core modules

  • Foundations of Object-oriented Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Systems
  • AI: Vision and Reality
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice
  • Dissertation

Optional modules (choose three from the following four)

  • Techniques for Data Analysis (Data Mining)
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics for AI
  • Multi-agent Systems and Strategic Decision Making

The course will be assessed through a combination of exams, coursework and practicals.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
 

  • A Bachelors Degree in a non-Computing subject, with at least grade 2:2 (or equivalent) and GCSE Mathematics Grade B or equivalent. 
     
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning will include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as practical projects and presentations. 

You will complete all of your modules apart from your Major Dissertation across 2 terms (September until Easter). You will work on your Major Dissertation until the following September. This course also contains a Professional Practice placement which will take place after you've completed the dissertation, and will last for 9 months. International students undertaking this course will be offered a visa for the full duration of the course lasting 22 months.

Professional Practice

The difference between this course and the MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence course is that this one features a professional placement.

Taking the Professional Practice route allows you to extend the duration of your Masters to 22 months and gain valuable working experience to support your career aspirations. The placement commences after completion of your MSc dissertation and can be paid work. study abroad exchanges or unpaid research projects or even a mix of these options. You will return to Aston the following May for an intensive period on campus to draw all your learning together and finalise the assessments.

Although you are responsible for finding your placement, you will have access to the support of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities, including by providing CV and application preparation, and practice interviews. In addition, you will participate in a programme of activities within the School designed to develop your personal and professional skills such as industry seminars and networking activities. Opportunities for one-to-one coaching and mentoring will also support your learning journey and help you become more work-ready.

Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students to gain professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support.

Fees and scholarships

Annual Tuition Fees 2021/22

UK students: £10,700

EU/International students: £22,350

Please note a limited number of full fee scholarships are available for this programme. You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here. If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Career prospects

On graduation from this course, your skills will be in high demand across a wide range of sectors and industries. From working in robotics or the development of self-driving cars to using machine learning to manage the movement of people around cities, the opportunities are many and varied. Alternatively, you may choose to continue your studies through further research.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our postgraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Artificial Intelligence at Aston?

AI is an incredibly fast growing and exciting sector with a huge demand for people with specialist skills. This course will give you both the knowledge and skills as well as the practical experience to build an interesting career across a range of industries. 

Whether you’re interested in working in robotics or data mining and machine learning, there are many opportunities for employment

What will I be doing on the Artificial Intelligence course at Aston?

You’ll learn in a range of ways, with a focus on the practical application of your solutions. During your studies you’ll have the opportunity to design, plan, implement, test, evaluate and document your solutions, including the development of your own computer game. These are all important skills for developing your future career and will ensure you’re ready for the workplace challenges you’ll face. 

How does this course differ from the MSc Artificial Intelligence course?

The MSc Artificial Intelligence course is for those who already have an undergraduate degree in computer science, whereas this conversion course in MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence is for those who don’t have a background in computer science.

How does this course differ from the MSc Applied Artificial Intelligence course, without Professional Practice?

This version of this course with professional practice features the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your time studying at Aston, whereas the other doesn’t offer this. 

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