Artificial Intelligence - MSc | CPE

Artificial Intelligence - MSc

Qualification: NFQ Level 9, Major award, 90 Credits

Delivery: Part-Time, Online, Blended Learning

Duration: 2 Years             

Start Date: September

Faculty: Science & Engineering 


An exciting two-year part-time programme to give current and potential AI engineers the skills, theory and recognition they need to develop in their role.  Candidates can gain a full MSc degree in this specialist area through a mixed learning process with an emphasis on practical application in the workplace.

The programme is aimed at existing information technology professionals and those migrating from associated disciplines with the necessary computing and mathematics competencies.


Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Participants must complete the preparatory Certificate course to the equivalent of a 2nd class honours level to be eligible for entry to the Masters, regardless of their prior qualifications or experience. Successful completion of the preparatory Course will lead to the award of a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence by UL (Special Purpose Award, Level 8, 12 ECT credits).


Programme Modules:

Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Year 1 (September - December)
CE4021: Introduction to Scientific Computing for AI
CE4031: Introduction to Deep Learning and Frameworks


MSc in Artificial Intelligence

Year 1
Semester 1 (January - May) Semester 2 (May - June)
CE6002: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ED5073: Research Methods and Project Specification
CS5062: Data Analytics IN5103: Risk, Ethics, Governance and Artificial Intelligence
ED5072: Advanced Topic Seminars and Project Identification  


Year 2
Semester 1 (September - December) Semester 2 (January - May)
CE6003: Machine Vision CS5004: Deep Learning
ET5003: Machine Learning Applications CS5014: Data Science
                                                                                                 CS5024: Theory and Practice of Advanced AI Ecosystems
Semester 3 (May - June)
ED5005: Project & Dissertation - AI


The programme will run for two-years part-time including the preparatory Certificate in Artificial Intelligence course.


  • Delivered primarily via on-line lectures, supported with tutorials, assignments and some on-campus workshops.
  • Assessment is largely based on assignments and project work with a practical rather than theoretical focus.
  • Modules will be delivered with associated assessment of mastery so that semester by semester there is a confirmed and measurable achievement of learning objectives that can be transferred directly and immediately to the workplace.
  • A major dissertation project will be selected and specified within the first year and completed throughout the second year.


Entry Requirements:

The principal entry requirement for both the Masters course and the Certificate Course is a Level 8 honours degree, at minimum second class honours (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline. Applicants from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing (i.e. programming) element in their primary degree will also be considered.

Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second-class honours, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline (with a high level of either mathematics or programming) may also apply.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered under the University of Limerick Recognition of Prior Learning policy.


More Information

Full brochure with details of content, application process, fees, etc. available here

For funding /fees queries, and applications contact Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet:  

For course content and delivery queries contact University of Limerick:  



Deadline for applications is July 22nd  2019

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