Our research led MSc in Artificial Intelligence covers the fundamental aspects of traditional symbolic and sub-symbolic aspects. This one year degree offers wide-ranging options including intelligent agents, complexity science, computer vision, robotics and machine learning techniques and helps develop a broad skill set suitable for further study or application development.
On this degree, you will learn from world-class researchers working in artifical intelligence fields such as computer vision, evolutionary computing, intelligent agents, game theory, deep learning and other machine learning methods. You will develop core data analysis skills and explore both traditional and state-of-the-art aspects of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
This research-led MSc takes a contemporary approach and covers the fundamental aspects of traditional symbolic and sub-symbolic aspects.
The programme will give you a solid awareness of the key concepts of artificial intelligence. You will also learn the techniques that form the current basis of machine learning and data mining. You will develop a wide-ranging skill set that supports further study or that you can use in application development.
As a result of the leading research being undertaken at Southampton, the course is able to offer a wide range of options that cover state-of-the-art modern techniques, which directly reflect research directions in ECS. These include:
This programme provides an excellent platform for further research in either industry or academia.
Graduates from our MSc programme are employed worldwide in leading companies at the forefront of technology. ECS runs a dedicated careers hub which is affiliated with over 100 renowned companies like IBM, Arm, Microsoft Research, Imagination Technologies, Nvidia, Samsung and Google to name a few.
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The MSc in Artificial Intelligence is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Computer Science. The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.
The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eight modules: five compulsory and three optional from a wide range available. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations. Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students.
All students are assigned an advisor who meets with them at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.
The Web Intelligence MSc aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to solve challenging computational problems related to advanced reasoning systems for the internet. It will give you a broad understanding of web intelligence and a thorough knowledge of techniques for developing intelligent software.
The Web Intelligence MSc will provide you with the practical knowledge and expertise to evaluate, design and build intelligent software for the internet. You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation of 10,000 words. You will study Artificial Intelligence, Agents and Multi-agent Systems as well as Software Engineering of Internet Systems. There are also opportunities to explore a broad range of optional modules allowing you to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests.
A graduate in computer science, mathematics, science or engineering with good knowledge of computer programming, this MSc will provide you with the practical knowledge and expertise to enable you to evaluate, design and build intelligent software for the web. Research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
You are expected to spend approximately 150 hours of effort (i.e. about 10 hours per credit) for each module you attend in your degree. These 150 hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, lab-based exercises, independent study based on personal and provided lecture notes, tutorial preparation and completion of exercises, coursework preparation and submission, examination revision and preparation, and examinations.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The research project will be assessed through a dissertation.
Our graduates have continued on to have very successful careers in industry and research. Recent employers have included general software consultancy companies, specific software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Some graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in software engineering, bio-informatics, algorithms, artificial intelligence and computer networks.
This MSc is taught at the UK’s longest established centre for artificial intelligence, which remains one of the best in the world.
Our research draws on neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, computer science, mathematics, statistics and psychology to span knowledge representation and reasoning, the study of brain processes and artificial learning systems, computer vision, mobile and assembly robotics, music perception and visualisation. We aim to give you practical knowledge in the design and construction of intelligent systems so you can apply your skills in a variety of career settings.
You follow two taught semesters of lectures, tutorials, project work and written assignments, after which you will learn research methods before individual supervision for your project and dissertation.
You will choose a 'specialist area' within the programme, which will determine the choice of your optional courses:
You can choose from a variety of optional courses including:
Our students are well prepared for both employment and academic research. The emphasis is on practical techniques for the design and construction of intelligent systems, preparing graduates to work in a variety of specialisms, from fraud detection software to spacecraft control.
Recent graduates are now working as software developers and engineers, programmers and data analysts for companies such as HarperCollins, J.P. Morgan, Nokia, IBM, Amazon, Soundcloud and the Bank of England.