MSc in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

  • Application Deadline:
    19th July 2024
  • Start Date:
    9th September 2024
  • Duration:
    2 years part-time
  • Delivery:
  • Subsidised Fees:
    €2,950 per year*

MSc in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

Accelerate innovation through AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the forefront of computer science research for over 50 years. A confluence of recent breakthroughs in both hardware capability and insights into algorithm design have made the early promise of intelligent machines a reality. 

AI is now set to be the key source of transformation, disruption and competitive advantage in today’s fast changing economy, with deep AI skills soon to be required in almost every industry across the globe. Business leaders are looking for expert specialists to guide them into an unknown future.

This innovative 2 year online and part-time Master’s in Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence, delivered in partnership with the School of Computer Science at University of Galway, will propel your expertise to new heights, elevate your career prospects, and give you the confidence to make a significant impact by harnessing the real value of AI.


This is a distinctive programme taught by an internationally renowned, interdisciplinary team of University of Galway experts in the field, several of whom are researchers at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

The programme is taught over 2 years and is delivered completely online using state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to support the virtual classroom. Students are expected to attend classes on campus at most one day per semester.

Lectures are all online and asynchronous, allowing you to learn on your own schedule. Some modules may use synchronous live-streams or online drop-in sessions, but they are optional and will be recorded for those who cannot attend. 

This is an intensive and technically rigorous programme. The estimated workload is 20 hours per week during the teaching semesters (September–December and January– April). Each semester is 12 weeks plus a study week and exam period.


The MSc in Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence comprises 12 taught modules (60 ECTS) in core AI topics spread over 2 semesters:

Modules include:

  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Programming and Tools for Artificial Intelligence
  • Tools and Techniques for Large Scale Data Analytics
  • Research Topics in Artificial Intelligence
  • Reinforcement Learning and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Data Visualisation
  • Knowledge Representation and Statistical Relational Learning
  • Information Retrieval
  • Ethics in Artificial Intelligence


Students will also have the opportunity to choose from 2x optional online modules on offer from Dublin City University (DCU) as part of the DCU Masters in Computing (Artificial Intelligence Online stream). The DCU modules cover advanced topics in artificial intelligence, such as machine translation and web search. Each is a 7.5 ECTS module in the DCU system, therefore by taking both, the student achieves the equivalent of 15 ECTS.


Capstone Project (30 ECTS)
From Year 1 – Semester 2 onwards, students will work on industry-focused projects and submit them in August of Year 2. Projects may have a research or applied focus.


Academic Eligibility

Candidates must have a strong 2.2 level 8 computer science degree or a strong 2.2 level 8 science / engineering degree that provides extensive training in computing.

Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may still be considered through a combination of academic qualifications and relevant work experience as detailed in the Applicant’s CV and application. A formal Recognition of Prior Learning application is not required.



The fees for this programme are part-funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet. The reduced programme fees are €2,950 per year. Part-funded fees are only available to eligible applicants*.


*Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland (Business, Consultant, Freelancer) to avail of the grant-aided fees. As a government-funded training network, we can only support those meeting these criteria.

Applicants who do not meet our funding criteria may in some cases be able to apply and pay the full fee of €3,975 (per year) if there are available places.


The application for the MSc in Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence requires that you send an up-to-date CV directly to Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet using the Apply Form on this page. The more information you provide in your application that demonstrates how you match our entry requirements – especially full and complete details of the qualifications you have obtained – the better we can assess your application.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The University of Galway has sole discretion and is the final arbiter on who will participate. Making an application is not a guarantee of selection. Applications are treated in strictest confidence. Applicants accept that no feedback will be provided to them, or any other party, regarding the selection process nor will applicants be provided with any reason for their non-selection.