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Artificial Intelligence - Masters

Course Details

Award: Master of Science
Qualification: Level 9 Masters (MSc) Delivery:
2 Years Part Time
Online with some on campus workshops
Start Date: September 2020 Enquiries:

The MSc in Artificial Intelligence is a two-year part-time programme designed 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 their specialist area through a mixed learning process with an emphasis on practical application in the workplace. 

Participants must complete a preparatory Certificate course prior to entering the Masters programme.  The Certificate in Artificial Intelligence takes place over one semester and students must achieve a 2nd class honours in this to be eligible for entry to the Masters.  Successful completion will lead to the award of a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from UL (Special Purpose Award, Level 8, 12 ECT credits).

The programme is industry-led and is being developed with the support of a range of companies working in this field in Ireland. Skillnet is funding most of the development costs and the delivery costs will be part-funded both by Skillnet and the participating companies. 

The programme takes place over two years, over 6 semesters.

Year 1 - Certificate in Artificial Intelligence is run over one semester (September - December)

Year 1 - MSc in Arttifical Intelligence has two semesters (January - May and summer semester May - June).

Year 2 - MSc in Arttifical Intelligence has three semesters (September - December, Janurary to May, and summer semester May to June to finish the project).

The programme is aimed at (a) existing information technology professionals, (b) those migrating from associated disciplines and (c) appropriately qualified recent graduates (new entrants) who are interested in pursuing a career in this field and need an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of artificial intelligence. 

Applicants should have 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.

The Masters course will run over two-years part-time and will be delivered primarily via on-line lectures, supported with tutorials and assignments and some on-campus workshops. Assessment will be based on assignments and project work with a practical rather than theoretical focus. Modules will be delivered as discrete entities 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. The Masters will be a major award at Level 9 of the NFQ with 90 ECTS credits (60 taught and 30 project). MSc in ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 

SEMESTER 1 - Certificate (14 WEEKS)    SEMESTER 3 (14 WEEKS)
SEMESTER 1 - Masters  (14 WEEKS)    SEMESTER 4 (14 WEEKS)
SEMESTER 2 - Masters (7 WEEKS)    SEMESTER 5 (6 WEEKS)

Delivered primarily via on-line lectures, supported with tutorials, assignments and some on-campus workshops.

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

Applicants should submit their CV directly to Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet at

Participants will be required to complete registration details both for Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and for the University of Limerick. 

In the case of non-native English speakers, please provide a copy of your English language qualifications when completing the UL application. For more information please see the following webpage: