Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Artificial Intelligence with Industrial Experience

Queen Mary, University of London · Computer Science

Entry requirements

An upper second class degree is normally required, usually in electronic engineering, computer science, maths or a related discipline. Students with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with unrelated degrees will be considered if there is evidence of equivalent industrial experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims at training those who would like to pursue a career in the booming field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It uniquely covers all five of the hottest AI topics – games, robotics, vision, music, and language – each backed up by a respective research group at QMUL that is world-leading. Practical machine learning skill development is at the core of this programme, which is specifically designed to maximise employment potential across a wide spectrum of industrial and academic posts related to AI.

AI is rapidly changing the way we live, work and learn. Both governments and industry have recognised the need for strategic development of AI -- technology giants such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook have each established their own AI research institutes, and the UK government recently announced its £75 million investment in the November 2017 Budget.

There is however a real shortage of AI talents worldwide, both to serve the industry and drive future research. AI jobs are amongst the best paid in the industry nowadays – an AI Specialist typically earns among the highest salaries (New York Times, 22nd Oct 2017), while having a solid AI background is strongly desired in multiple research disciplines.

This MSc programme importantly recognises such need for training cutting-edge AI talents, and is specifically designed to maximise student employability on AI-specific jobs. It achieves that by putting together a programme that is:

  • comprehensive, by covering all five of the most popular AI topics
  • up-to-date, where each topic backed up by a world-leading group with cutting edge research
  • unique, by offering Game AI that represents some of the most advanced AI to date (e.g., AlphaGo)
  • practical, by focusing on developing practical machine learning skills across all five AI topics.

The programme brings together our teaching, research and industrial contacts to allow students to mix the different AI topics that best suits their personal requirements and future plans. Students will be offered lectures that explain the fundamental AI concepts, universal machine learning tools essential for any AI job profile, and specific practical and research skills on all five of the AI topics. Students will gain experience with cutting-edge tools such as Deep Neural Networks (DNN), Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN), and Deep Reinforcement Learning (Deep RL) via regular exercises and practical labs. Students will be taught by world-renowned academics in their specific subject areas, and have regular contacts with them throughout the duration of the programme.

Industrial Experience

The industrial placement takes place from the September following the taught part of the MSc and is for a maximum of 12 months. It is a student's responsibility to secure their own placement, but the EECS Placement Team will provide support. The Placement Team source and promote suitable opportunities, assist with applications, and with interview preparation.

The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken after you have completed and passed the taught component of the degree and submitted your MSc project. The placement will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.

In the event that you are unable to secure a placement we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience. This change will also apply to any student visa you hold at the time.

Information for international students

For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 92 (internet based).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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