2 years part-time
University of Limerick. This programme, including all exams, is fully online.
Grant Aided Fee:
€2,950 *
Course code:
MANDATORY 2-week Online Induction from Monday 22nd Aug 2022. Orientation Saturday 3rd Sept.

ICT Skillnet – National MSc in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

This online part-time MSc in Artificial Intelligence at UL is an exciting programme that will provide you with robust knowledge and skills in the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Hear from Dr. Pepijn van de Ven, Senior Lecturer at University of Limerick and Course Director for our industry-driven programme. Pep talks about about the introduction of our new NLP stream which will commence in September 2022 and a planned Machine Vision stream for September 2023. He also discusses the success of this Masters program in artificial intelligence over the past year and the feedback we are receiving from students taking the course.

Why Choose This MSc in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

The MSc programme in artificial intelligence runs over 2 years with 5 teaching semesters and 1 research project semester and includes a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence awarded at level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications at the end of the first semester.

One distinguishing quality of this programme is that each and every module delivered on this programme was designed specifically for this programme.  ICT Skillnet and our industry board provided extensive input to ensure content is relevant to industry, and online delivery is at the core of the pedagogical approach. As a result, all modules are structured around a number of so-called E-tivities.

These allow you to explore relevant subjects in a self-driven manner, with expert support from module leaders and moderators who guide students in smaller groups. This type of learning has been demonstrated to be an extremely efficient method of learning, and this is certainly been our experience also!

Who Should Apply?

This MSc programme in artificial intelligence is aimed at existing information technology professionals, and those migrating from associated disciplines with the necessary computing and mathematics competencies.

What Are The Entry Requirements?

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.

How Do I Apply?

The application for this MSc in Artificial Intelligence 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.

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. 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.

What Are The Course Fees?

*Eligible candidates can avail of grant-aided fees

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.

There is an additional cost of €595 for the 12 week compulsory preparatory course. This means a cost of €3,545 in Year 1 and €2,950 in Year 2. All fees in each year are payable prior to the commencement date in that year


The closing date for applications is Thursday 28th July 2022


Please click here to view University of Limerick’s presentation on the MSc in Artificial Intelligence