Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in social science(or a related discipline) from a UK university; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. All applicants must provide evidence of successfully completing at least one advanced module in quantitative methods, statistics, data science or econometrics during their Bachelor's degree.

Relevant practical or professional experience in a related area may also be taken into account. This could include having worked for at least two years in a public sector organisation, think tank, international organisation, public policy consulting role, or in a data science position. The key criteria are having applicable work experience of two or more years duration in a field connected to public policy or data science.

Applicants with lower mathematics and statistics pre-requisites will be considered, and if successful, will be required to pass an intensive on-campus Mathematics and Statistics Bootcamp before beginning the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Our new MSc AI and Government programme offers an interdisciplinary learning experience that combines technical skills in artificial intelligence with an understanding of government and public policy.

Get ahead of the competition by learning how to make data-driven decisions within government and policymaking, whilst also understanding the unique challenges of using AI in the public sector.

Forge your future with our brand-new exciting MSc AI and Government programme and explore how technology and public policy can integrate to create lasting change.

Who is this course for?

This programme is for those who are interested in exploring the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and government, learning how to use data science to make real-life impact. This programme is for those from a social science academic background (or a related discipline) who can evidence having studied at least one quantitative module during their Bachelor’s degree.

Why study at Birmingham?

  • Unique interdisciplinary learning: Learn how to tackle complex problems by gaining knowledge from multiple disciplines such as computer science, politics, economics, and social policy, making you a well-rounded graduate.
  • Future-focused learning: Graduate equipped with strong technical skills in AI and data science, making you a valuable asset to future employers across various sectors.
  • Ethically responsible: Understand how to navigate complex ethical dilemmas and contribute towards the development of responsible AI solutions with government and policymaking.
  • A practical approach: Address real-world implementation barriers by getting involved with hands-on projects, gaining experience of how to embed AI within public organisations.
  • Activate your future: Open the doors to a wide range of global career opportunities within the public sector, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, or industry.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (no less that 6.0 in any band) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,670 (PT); £11,340 (FT)
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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