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Studying AI online with the University of Leeds: 13 questions answered

Considering studying an Artificial Intelligence Masters online at the University of Leeds?

We now have two options to choose from – a full Artificial Intelligence Masters (MSc) or an Artificial Intelligence Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).

Whether you have a query about AI, the courses we offer or what it’s like to study online find the answers to some of the most asked questions below.

About Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence demonstrated by robotics and other technologies. These technologies are programmed to interpret data and perform tasks that previously relied on human input only, simulating the actions of human behaviour. Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the world we live in and is becoming increasingly crucial to keep up to date with. Read our blogs to find out 5 ways AI is changing business and how AI can enable a sustainable future.

By studying Artificial Intelligence online with the University of Leeds, you’ll enhance your employability skills and be at the forefront of the future trends in your industry. Alongside this, you’ll also be studying with a university ranked in the Top 15 for Computer Science in the UK (The Complete University Guide, 2022).

Read our blog to find out 7 reasons why studying Artificial Intelligence at the University of Leeds could be the right choice for you.

By studying a Masters in Artificial Intelligence, you’ll broaden your career prospects. You’ll be well equipped with the skills required to succeed in a career within AI or a range of technological roles. Develop your knowledge to access top roles such as an AI Researcher, Data Scientist or Machine Learning Engineer, or broader technology roles such as cyber security, data analytics and user experience design. Read our blog to find out more about the top jobs in AI.

According to employment review website Glassdoor, the average UK salary of a role in Artificial Intelligence is approximately £47,925 per year.

According to a report by technology company Tencent, there are about 300,000 AI professionals worldwide but “millions” of roles available. As such, artificial Intelligence skills are very much in demand, with skills in programming languages such as Python, R, Java and C++ being the most sought after. Read our blog to find out more about the key skills needed to succeed in AI.

Artificial intelligence skills are also tipped to be in high demand in the future as technological advancements develop, with the World Economic Forum estimating 97 million new jobs as a result of AI developments to be created by 2025. Read our blog to find out more about the top 5 AI skills you’ll need to land a job in Artificial Intelligence.

To kick-start a successful career in AI, you’ll be required to gain qualifications within artificial intelligence or a related discipline such as computer science or mathematics. By studying our Masters in Artificial Intelligence, you’ll be able to enter the AI developer profession and enhance your career trajectory.

About the course

Our online Artificial Intelligence course is purely AI focused, covering an extensive range of AI and Machine Learning tools and techniques. It’s taught by computer scientists specifically for professionals who recognise the importance of AI to their sector, ideal if you:

  • Are looking to reskill and enter the AI developer profession.
  • Are looking to upskill to develop, manage, and plan AI solutions within your current organisation.
  • Are seeking a route to higher level study to develop academic prowess further within this field.

Depending on the pathway you choose, you can complete the course in a minimum of eight months or a maximum of four years:

  • PGCert: 8 months (full-time) or up-to 2 years (part-time)
  • MSc: 2 years (full-time) or up-to 4 years (part-time)

When studying our online Artificial Intelligence course, you’ll cover a range of topics to enhance your understanding of AI.

If you are studying our MSc, you’ll study compulsory modules in:

  • Programming for Data Science (15 credits)
  • Data Science (15 credits)
  • Algorithms (15 credits)

You’ll also be able to select from optional modules to learn more about AI tailored to your personal interests:

  • Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Knowledge of Representation and Reasoning (15 credits)
  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Deep Learning (15 credits)
  • Data Mining and Text Analytics (15 credits)
  • Robotics (15 credits)
  • AI Project

Visit our module and course catalogue to find out more.

If you are studying our PGCert, you’ll study compulsory modules in:

  • Programming for Data Science (15 credits)

You’ll also be able to select from optional modules to learn more about AI tailored to your personal interests:

*You must select one other compulsory module from either Data Science or Algorithms.

  • Data Science* (15 credits)
  • Algorithms* (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Knowledge of Representation and Reasoning (15 credits)
  • Deep Learning (15 credits)
  • Data Mining and Text Analytics (15 credits)

Visit our module and course catalogue to find out more.

Studying with the University of Leeds

By studying with the University of Leeds, you’ll be part of a prestigious, research-intensive Russell Group university, ranked 20th in the UK (Complete University Guide League Tables 2022) and in the Top 100 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2022).

You’ll gain unique AI skills and experience that will be invaluable to you personally and professionally, by learning from leading research which brings together both excellence and innovation.

Find out why studying with the University of Leeds is the right choice for you.

You’ll be studying with the School of Computing where we pride ourselves on our research where 85% of our research activity is recognised as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest REF (research excellence framework).

When you study our Artificial Intelligence Masters online, you’ll be able to fit your studies around your life and career, and benefit from the whole host of advantages that online learning brings, including:

  • Studying when and where it suits you.
  • Starting the course at multiple points throughout the year.
  • Paying your fees in manageable installments.
  • Networking online with professionals across the world.
  • Enjoying the support of a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
  • Learning through our specialised learning platform, Minerva.

Visit our website to find out more about studying online with the University of Leeds.

For your application, you’ll need to demonstrate that you meet the course entry requirements and English language requirements.

All applications can be submitted online and suitably qualified candidates will be interviewed by one of our Enrolment Advisors as part of the application process. For more information about the course and how to apply to study on the online course, please email studentenquiries.online@leeds.ac.uk, or call +44 (0) 113 341 1262 to speak to a member of our Enrolment Team.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by our Student Success Team at the University of Leeds. Whether you have a concern or query around anything from disability, personal tutoring, emergency situations or counselling, we’ll help you to ensure that you can make the most of your studies with a set of established policies.

Your learning will be delivered online via our award-winning virtual learning environment, Minerva which can be accessed on different devices, whenever and wherever it suits you. The platform has been designed by a team of experts to ensure your online learning experience is of the highest quality and prepares you for success, both academically and professionally.

By studying through live online sessions with our world-class academics including lecturers, professors, industry experts, and trained postgraduate researchers, you’ll be connected to support from some of the brightest AI minds on campus. You’ll also collaborate and learn from like-minded professionals during regular interactive activities, including live seminars, virtual discussions, and group projects to develop a support system within a growing global community of virtual learners.

Assessment methods will emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed on the Artificial Intelligence course through mini group reports, group discussions and assignments, live and/or pre-recorded presentations, practical exercises based on real-world scenarios, essays, literature reviews and multiple-choice exams for formative learning feedback (no more than 5% of assessment).

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