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NEW MSc in Artificial Intelligence (ONLINE)

Duration: 2 years part-time
Grant Aided Cost: Please email
Location: University of Limerick
Course Code: 400
Note: This programme is primarily online with some on-campus workshops

An exciting new two-year part-time programme to give current and potential AI engineers the skills, theory and recognition they need to develop in their role.  For the first time, candidates can gain a full MSc degree in this specialist area through a mixed learning process with an emphasis on practical application in the workplace.

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

The University of Limerick won the tender to develop and deliver this new national MSc in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The course will begin in September 2018 and will be delivered predominantly online with some intensive workshops delivered in group sessions at sites designated by the College.

In addition to the Masters course a short intensive 12 week fast-track Certificate in AI course has been developed and delivered by UL in collaboration with the Irish Centre for High End Computing, Ireland’s national centre for HPC. Participants must complete the Preparatory course for entry to the Masters regardless of their prior qualifications or experience. Successful completion of the Preparatory Course will lead to the award of a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence by UL.

Both these courses will equip participants with a knowledge-base and an advanced skillset to enable them to become highly capable experts for this strategically important sector which will in turn have a positive impact on the Irish economy.

The programme is aimed at existing information technology professionals, and those migrating from associated disciplines with the necessary computing and mathematics competencies. The aim is to begin recruitment of 60 participants in late Spring-early Summer 2018 for the first Preparatory course to begin in September 2018 followed by the first iteration of the Masters programme in January 2019.


The principal entry requirement for both the Masters course and the Preparatory Course is 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. Their admission to the program will be determined by the University of Limerick.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered under the University of Limerick policy that allows for the recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning; non-accredited personal and professional education; and work based training. As this is a highly technical Masters course such applicants must have sufficient competence in mathematics and computer programming to be able to participate.


Initial applications are now being accepted for a start in September 2018. The application process initially requires that you send an up-to-date CV directly to Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet at This is referred to as a ‘provisional application’. The more information you provide us with 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. If you do not meet all of the eligibility criteria there are a number of other options that are available for entry. You will be given details of these options after the initial screening process.

Once your eligibility has been determined you will be advised of the outcome. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be invited to make a “final application” which will involve submitting an online registration form and submitting a letter/email confirmation from your company supporting your participation and stating that the company is willing to allow you to complete a work-related project as part of the MSc course.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria you will be invited to make a “RPL application” as a non-standard applicant under the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process. This will also involve submitting an online registration form and submitting a letter/email confirmation from your company supporting your participation and stating that the company is willing to allow you to complete a work-related project as part of the MSc course.

The University of Limerick has sole discretion and is the final arbiter on who will participate. An applicant must be a citizen of Ireland, an EU or EEA country, and be resident in Ireland. A citizen of any other country may apply only if they are legally resident and employed in Ireland under a Stamp 4 Residence permit. Making an application is not a guarantee of selection. At all stages of the recruitment process, we will correspond with you by email. Please do not contact us by telephone as we do not have the capacity to deal with telephone enquiries. 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.


Please note: This programme is now heavily oversubscribed and as such any applications received after 25th April 2018 are being placed on a waiting list. Candidates will then be informed if/when places become available. To express your interest please email

The final closing date for the 2018 intake is 25th July 2018.

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