Artificial Intelligence with Business Strategy MSc - January 2021

This brand new course gives you the skills to devise and develop artificial intelligence solutions alongside broader business strategy - a strong combination.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

12 months full-time

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
Why explore Artificial Intelligence with Business Strategy at Aston University
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Nick Powell
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Nick Powell

“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

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing area of computer science at the forefront of many of the technological advances of our age. Our Artificial Intelligence with Business Strategy masters course, taught jointly by the triple-accredited Aston Business School and the team of active researchers at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will give you technical knowledge and skills together with highly valued understanding of business strategy, enabling you to apply your knowledge in industry. To join this course, you’ll have an undergraduate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject and some experience of programming. This course was developed with support from the Institute of Coding to help break down barriers to digital learning and employment.

What you’ll learn

We'll teach you specialist, technical information together with a deep understanding of how businesses work, to enable you to create ethical, well-justified and appropriate AI solutions.

Our focus on this course is the application of your AI technical information and knowledge in a business setting, with a focus on machine learning and data mining to improve business processes. You’ll have the opportunity to design and plan, implement, test, evaluate and document your solutions with this focus in mind.

As well as the development of your technical and business knowledge, you’ll also grow your communication and team working skills as you work on your own and with others on projects and presentations. One of these projects gives you the opportunity to develop a computer game, working as part of a team, and present your solution to the rest of your class.

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements for each individual student will be stated in their offer letter.  A minimum of BSc 2:2 or international equivalent in a STEM subject (such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Economics, Computer Science) or Business is expected. Programming experience is desirable. Students with no or little previous programming experience will be offered a pre-masters online programming programme of two weeks to complete prior to the start of the MSc programme.
  • 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.  
 

Core Modules
  • AI: Vision and Reality 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Mathematics for AI 
  • Strategic Management
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice 
  • MSc Major Project
     
Choose 3 out of the following options:
  • Deep Learning 
  • Strategy Change and Leadership
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Management Consulting
  • Big Data for Decision Making


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

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (January 2021)

Annual tuition fees: £9,350

International students (January 2021)

Annual tuition fees: £19,450

Tuition fees 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. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

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

Having completed this masters course you’ll be ready to develop your career in a wide range of businesses, from specialist AI consultancies to multinational companies. Your role could be technical in nature, developing machine learning models to improve business process, or a broader role using your business strategy knowledge and skills.

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 with Business Strategy at Aston? 

AI is an area that is experiencing rapid growth in this information age.  
We need more people with the necessary skills to develop exciting solutions that change peoples’ lives through the use of technology. This course is designed to give you a broad understanding of the key strategic business tools and techniques alongside specialist AI knowledge and experience, giving you an even wider range of potential opportunities as you build your career.  

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

During your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to design and plan, implement, test, evaluate and document your solutions, all important skills to develop for your future career. You’ll undertake a range of projects with a focus on applying your solutions in practice.  
The particular combination of AI and business strategy means that you will learn about how AI solutions are implemented in real world settings, with due consideration for the wide range of competing demands on any large business.  

 

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