MSc in Computing (Artificial Intelligence)

  • Application Deadline:
    31st July 2024
  • Start Date:
    9th September 2024
  • Duration:
    2 years part-time
  • Delivery:
  • Subsidised Fees:
    €2,950 per year*

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a core area of investigation since the early days of computer science more than 50 years ago, recent years have witnessed an exponential growth in the application of AI in operational settings.

As a result of the recent growth in the world of artificial intelligence, there is strong demand for graduates with the highly specialised multi-disciplinary skills that are required in AI, both as practitioners in the development of artificial intelligence applications and as researchers into the advanced capabilities required for the creation of next-generation AI systems.

This MSc in Computing (Artificial Intelligence) is designed to meet this training need, by providing a balanced programme of instruction across a range of relevant disciplines.


The course will be delivered part-time over two years, primarily online. Students will take six core modules and choose from a set of elective modules.

In addition, students also complete an AI practicum, the focus of which they will select early in the second year with the main practical work being undertaken over semester 2 and the summer of the second year. Some of the electives will be offered in collaboration with NUI Galway which leverages the combined research expertise of both institutions to address the learner’s specific practicum or company focus.

While continuous assessment elements for the modules will be submitted electronically, there will also be end of term examinations for which attendance in person at DCU is required.

This course is delivered asynchronously using the Futurelearn platform, which means that the method of teaching is very different to teaching face to face in a classroom.

All the course materials will be online for the students to work through at their own pace. These course materials will be very interactive with frequent self-assessment milestones. There will also be some assessment deadlines which students will have to work to, as well as the exams in relevant modules at the end of each semester.

With the exception of the exams and the orientation session at the start of the academic year, there will be no need for students to come to campus at all.

Synchronous sessions will be undertaken in both semester 1 and semester 2.  These sessions will reinforce the supports available to students.


This course is aimed at those employed in Republic of Ireland registered companies. To qualify for direct entry to this MSc in Artificial Intelligence the candidate must have a Level 8 Honours Degree (2.2) or higher in Computer Science, Computing, Computer Applications or a related discipline. Applicants without these entry requirements (e.g., Level 7 degree or lower than an Honours 2.2 in a Level 8 degree) may be considered if they can demonstrate previously obtained competence equivalent to the entry requirements.

*Eligible candidates can avail of Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet grant-aid that reduces the student fee to €2950 per annum. Eligible candidates are those awarded a place by the college AND who are working in private or commercial semi-state organisations in Republic of Ireland.


To apply, simply submit your CV in the first instance by clicking the button at the top of this page.

The closing date for applications is 31st of July 2024.