Artificial Intelligence

MSc

If you’re a Computer Science graduate looking for the next steps for your career and would like to expand your knowledge in the fast growing and emerging area of Artificial Intelligence, then this is the course for you!

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Full-time
Entry requirements
Duration

One year (April 2024 and September 2024 starts)

Start date

APRIL 2024 START

Course overview

The field of artificial intelligence is rapidly expanding, which is evident in everyday life. Studying in this particular field will not only provide a competitive advantage in the job market but will also equip you with the valuable skills that are sought after by employers.

Did you know Aston University is known for its early specialisation in machine learning and AI since 1990? This course is led by a team of dynamic research academics and designed to enhance the skillsets of computer science undergraduates, positioning them for success in the evolving landscape of AI and machine learning.

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"Whenever I was struggling with assignments or needed a lecturer to go through work with me, I could easily arrange a meeting or send them an email to get the help needed. Their responses were quick too, so I was not stuck on a problem for too long- this was reassuring".
  

Olive Shave
Artificial Intelligence MSc
Graduate

Why Artificial Intelligence at Aston University?

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Bridges industry gaps
This course is designed specifically to address industry skills gaps
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Employability
Aston Computer Science graduates go on to earn £6,500 more than the sector average, three years after graduation (LEO, 2021)
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Top 20 in the UK
Our Computer Science degree is Top 20 in the UK for Graduate Prospects “On-Track” (Complete University Guide, 2022)

Course description

Our MSc in Artificial Intelligence empowers students with cutting-edge knowledge, hands-on experience, and industry insights to help propel them with careers in AI innovation.

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What we will provide
In addition to having the opportunity to connect with leading researchers, and being taught by industry experts, you will receive a high-performance laptop to keep. This ensures that you have all the essential tools needed to excel in this master's degree program. Developed in collaboration with the Institute of Coding, this course aims to eliminate obstacles to digital learning and employment.

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What you will provide
For this course, we are looking for individuals with a keen interest and enthusiasm to delve into the latest technological advancements and artificial intelligence. If you aspire to build a career in AI, possessing the determination and passion to push the boundaries in both learning and collaborative work across various subject areas is essential.

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What skills we teach
We will 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.

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Professional Practice Year
If you meet satisfactory academic performance and have secured a suitable professional experience, you will have the option to be transferred onto our MSc Artificial Intelligence including Professional Practice programme. 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 the 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.

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Career prospects
The career prospects within AI are limitless with many companies constantly expanding their business relationship with Artificial Intelligence. Previous graduates have gone on to successful positions such as Technology engineers, Data analysts, Programmers and AI Data engineers. With AI being such a new and ever-growing area, you can also look to further your education as a PHD student focusing on research.

How you will learn

You'll engage in both independent and collaborative work, participating in projects and presentations, including the creation of your own computer game. You will develop your critical thinking skills, and various projects will enhance your communication and teamwork abilities. This multifaceted approach is crucial for preparing you for the workplace, where technical expertise, effective communication, and collaboration are highly valued. This course will also provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the ethical dimensions associated with artificial intelligence. This includes exploring the responsible use of AI, addressing potential biases, and navigating the societal implications of emerging technologies.

The main subject areas explored and developed throughout the postgraduate programme are:

  • AI: Vision and Reality
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics for AI
  • Multi-agent System and Strategic Decision Making
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice
  • Deep learning
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Data mining
  • Dissertation

You will have the  opportunity to network with the wider AI community as well as the industry during events, conferences, and collaborations with companies such as BrumAI. You may also want to collaborative with our  research centre for Artificial Intelligence as well as the Aston Digital Future Institutes.

What you will learn

You will gain full oversight of all things AI, including its mathematical aspects and the importance of teamwork through collaborative projects with fellow students. You will be taught research methods which will expand your problem-solving skills and critical thinking, deep learning modules will delve into machine learning, exploring the ways in which computers can autonomously process information.

Facilities

Aston University invests in state-of-the-art facilities, providing you with the essential tools for your academic journey. From computer labs to student study spaces for individual and collaborative work, you'll have access to the resources necessary to delve into the world of artificial intelligence. 

Course objectives

  1. Enables you to develop a systematic understanding of the Artificial Intelligence domain and the associated research and professional skills necessary in practice.
  2. Supports you to develop the expertise to plan, design, and implement appropriate AI solutions in practical scenarios.
  3. Provides deep knowledge of Artificial Intelligence techniques and develops the intellectual skills to create well-justified solutions.
  4. Provides practical experience of a substantial AI research or development project from the initial analysis of a problem, through design and planning, implementation, testing, evaluation, and documentation.
  5. Prepares you for the future challenges of Artificial Intelligence.
     

Modules

Modules and learning outcomes

Taught stage modules

In the taught stage, you will study the following core module:

Module TitleCredits
AI: Vision and Reality 15
Machine learning15
Mathematics for AI15
Multi-agent Systems and Strategic Decision Making15
Computational Intelligence15
Deep learning15
Data Mining15
Laboratory Competency Assessment15
Total120

Dissertation stage modules

Module TitleCredits
Dissertation60
Total60

Programme outcomes

On successful completion of both the taught and dissertation stage, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in Artificial Intelligence, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of academic research or professional practice.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Show originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical  understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Artificial Intelligence and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses.
  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound 
    judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing Artificial Intelligence solutions at a professional or equivalent level.
  • Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
  • Learn independently, as required for continuing professional development.

Entry requirements

We expect applications from graduates of BSc with honours in Computer Science or related disciplines with a qualification equivalent to UK 2:2 or higher. Evidence of knowledge of Mathematics and Programming foundations should also be provided when the degree is not in Computer Science (i.e. transcript of a degree programme or work experience). When a transcript is provided, the Mathematics and Programming grades should be equivalent to UK 60% or higher. Candidates may be interviewed before the offer decision.

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 before 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.

See international student information below for international equivalent information.

International students

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

Qualifications in your country

For details of equivalent qualifications in your country, use our area pages below:

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

How to apply

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Find out more about applying

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Pathway Programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

Masters Foundation programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

 

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Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:

Email: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30am-4.30pm)

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£11,150

International students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£23,500

More information on fees

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as UK students.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

Assessment

Students are assessed on this course through a range of methods, mainly through coursework, reports, and presentations there are minimal exams on for this postgraduate degree.

Career prospects

There are many different career opportunities within AI following on from this postgraduate course, these include but are not limited to Technology engineers, Programmers, Data engineers, Architects, Software engineers, Scientific programmers, Data analysts, Specialists, and Doctoral researchers, among others.

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Frequently asked questions

Why study Artificial Intelligence MSc at Aston University?

Artificial Intelligence 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.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding career support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government has created a new post-study work visa.

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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