2 years part-time
Online via University of Limerick
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This programme, including all exams, is fully online, **Eligible candidates can avail of grant-aided fees

An exciting national two-year part-time programme to give current and potential AI engineers the skills, theory and recognition they need to develop in their role.  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.

Programme Aims

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 first course began in September 2018 and was delivered predominantly online with some intensive workshops delivered in group sessions at sites designated by the College.  Now the programme, including all exams, is entirely online.

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.

Programme Participants

The programme is aimed at existing information technology professionals, and those migrating from associated disciplines with the necessary computing and mathematics competencies.

Eligibility Criteria

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.


Applications are now being accepted for a start in September 2020. The application process initially requires that you send an up-to-date CV directly to Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet at 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 initial eligibility has been determined you will be advised of the outcome. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be invited to make an online application to the college where you will submit an application form and upload evidence of your educational qualifications.  Your company should support your participation and be 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 may 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 application form to the college.

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.


Eligible candidates can avail of funding to reduce course fees to €2,950 per annum.  There is also additional funding available to reduce the fees for the Certificate in Artificial Intelligence to €1,490.

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.

Closing Date

The final closing date for the 2020 intake is 22nd July 2020.