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Artificial Intelligence online MSc

Answer AI’s biggest challenges

Fuel your mind. Transform your career.

The online MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Bath is designed to give professionals from computer science – and a host of other disciplines – the opportunity to specialise in AI and meet the increasing demand for experts in this exciting, challenging and rapidly growing field. Our masters in artificial intelligence online course offers two specialist pathways:

  • Technical: for students wishing to specialise in the more technical side of AI.
  • General: for students from less technical backgrounds who want to understand AI in context.

The University of Bath heads up the Institute of Coding, an initiative made up of universities and corporations committed to plugging the digital skills gap. The initiative gives employers the opportunity to contribute to the online masters in computer science, ensuring you’re able to develop the skills that employers need the most.

We draw on input from its ‘UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI)’. This means our online MSc Artificial Intelligence degree provides you with the most up-to-date understanding of the emerging possibilities of artificial intelligence, as well as its ethical implications.

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Minimum duration

2 years, 3 months

Start dates

May, September, January


Cost per 10 credits £722* (10% alumni discount). Fees are paid per unit. The MSc totals 180 credits.

Entry requirements

  • Typically, you should have a first or strong second class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.
  • To apply for this course, you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject, but you must demonstrate evidence of relevant quantitative skills (especially algebra and calculus) either through your degree study or by alternative means.

International students

Applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Stretch the boundaries of AI innovation

Covering a range of topics such as the foundations of AI, data science, machine learning and robotics, the course will equip you with a fresh, comprehensive understanding of AI and its application in the real world.

As well as exploring the business functions of AI, we provide a full introduction to programming, helping even those with minimal coding experience respond to the rigours of today’s digital-driven businesses.

Introducing you to the core concepts of programming and the practical skills involved in producing programs to solve real-world problems, this unit will help build your confidence around a variety of programming languages and paradigms.

Exploring current issues around human interaction with computational intelligence, you’ll understand how to design, implement, evaluate and manage systems involving humans and intelligent machines.

This module looks at the theoretical and political debates around the development, emergence and adoption of technologies in social and political practice, explaining the position of AI in these debates and the ways in which it can challenge political, social and economic relationships.

Online learning that is active and engaged

engaging content

hands-on interactive assignments

interaction and networking

digital resources

For people with existing work and lifestyle commitments, our online MSc courses are a passage to sought-after careers. Our Virtual Learning Environment makes our online Master of Science degrees as immersive as our on-campus courses. So, wherever you choose to study, you’ll always be engaged with the content, your lecturers and your fellow students.

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Future-focused careers

Artificial intelligence is being applied across a range of industries. From software professionals and consulting engineers to economists and marketers, there is a huge opportunity for specialists to meet increasing demand for artificial intelligence jobs in this challenging, fast-moving field.

In fact, 13%1 of all UK job vacancies in the first half of 2021 were for tech jobs. In the first half of 2021, 173,3091 tech jobs were advertised monthly on average (1,039,854 total). This represents an increase of 42% relative to 2019.1

Because AI is relevant to so many sectors, the skills you learn on this course can be applied in roles at technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. Whether you’re looking to future-proof a current role or planning to build a new tech start-up business, this course is key to unlocking your career.

Importantly, this online AI MSc addresses the ethical implications of advancing machine intelligence, and related issues around transparency and accountability – elements often overlooked in the rush to stretch the boundaries of technology. Studying at the University of Bath will equip you for a rewarding career in this future-focused specialism.

What will you learn?

  • Gain techniques to analyse and propose solutions to AI problems
  • Apply relevant ethical, legal and professional standards governing AI activities
  • Work effectively in a team to design and develop software-based systems
  • Select the most appropriate solution, considering innovative alternatives
  • Present rational and reasoned arguments using appropriate conceptual tools
  • Demonstrate initiative in both specification and organisation through project work

More than 50 years of educational excellence

In 1966 the University of Bath was established by Royal Charter. Last year we ranked top 10* in the UK and have a reputation for research and teaching excellence.
Additional rankings include:

Ranked 8th in Computer Science by The Complete University Guide 2025**

Ranked 4th for student experience in Computer Science by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024**

“I’ve got a new job with better benefits because this course has already started to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. Plus studying part-time while working helps you to stand out from other interview candidates and showed my dedication to my career to my previous manager and my new one.”

– Jess Crees, Computer Science online MSc student

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To succeed you need passion to succeed, an innovative outlook and the determination to advance AI, driving its ability to improve our day-to-day lives whilst championing ethical practices.

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Source and Disclaimers

  1. “Jobs and Skills Report,” Tech Nation. Retrieved February 17, 2022, from

*Valid up to and including September 2024 intake. Tuition fees are liable to increase each January. You should budget for an increase of up to a maximum of 5% each year.

**Rankings based on undergraduate data.