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Drive digital change with our distance learning Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence MSc. 

With the growth in the development of machines capable of human intelligence and interaction, computer systems have the potential to change the way we live forever. Businesses  across the world are calling out for computer science experts with the specialist artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning knowledge needed to fuel commercial success and build a smarter future. This Masters course provides an exciting opportunity to fill the digital skills gap and grow your career in a rapidly evolving sector.  

We welcome applications from candidates from any background - whether you’re looking to change direction and kickstart a future in AI, develop your specialist knowledge or want to learn more about how you could fuel your organisation’s performance through machine learning. 

We’ve designed our Masters to be flexible. You’ll be able to study whenever and wherever it suits you, while still accessing our teaching and learning facilities online. You’ll also be able to choose when you start the course  ‒ in January, April, July or October ‒  and pay your fees in module-by-module instalments, spreading the cost over the duration of your studies.   

If you have a question about this course, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years Distance Learning

Department
Computer and Information Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
Upcoming Intakes - Academic Year 2020/21: April 21, July 21. Academic Year 2021/22: Oct 21, Jan 22

Fee Information

Module Information

Designed for graduates with degrees in an unrelated subject, you’ll develop the core understanding of computer science and artificial intelligence needed to kickstart a career in one of the fastest growing sectors in the computer science and information systems industries. Or, if you’re already working in the IT sector, it will give you the specialist skill set you need to progress.  

This course is also suitable if you’re working in an organisation that generates data everyday and you’re interested in learning more about how to harness AI, machine learning and data analysis to supercharge commercial performance.  

We recommend a study time of 15 hours per week for this course, making it ideal for working professionals. Our distance learning delivery and flexible carousel model means you’ll have the freedom to balance your studies alongside any existing commitments and gain your Masters within two to four years, depending on how fast you want to study.

 

We’ve designed this distance learning Masters in partnership with online learning experts to make sure your experience is as engaging and flexible as possible.

With a recommended study time of 15 hours a week, you’ll have the freedom to study your course, your way. You’ll learn through Blackboard Ultra, our e-learning portal, and have 24/7 access to a range of online learning materials, from videos to online readings. Throughout, you’ll participate in interactive and engaging seminars with tutors, group tasks with other students and more. You’ll also benefit from in-course communication tools (including discussion forums), as well as Northumbria University advice and support services. You’ll even have access to over half a million books and e-books through our online University Library Services.

For each module, you’ll have regular assessments to help keep you on track and tasks to complete along the way. The format of these will change, but you’ll be able to complete them all through Blackboard Ultra.  

From the moment you enrol, you’ll be part of a supportive online community. You’ll have a dedicated Student Success Advisor on hand to support you from day one through to graduation. Whether you need pastoral guidance, help with assessments or advice about fees, they will be with you at every step.   

 

Distance Learning Experience

You’ll learn from academics based in our Computer and Information Sciences department, which is ranked within the world’s top 400 for Computer Science (THE, 2020). 

They hold an international reputation for the strength of their research output - the majority of which has been ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014). Their specialisms include artificial intelligence, big data, digital networks, social computing, human-computer interaction, the Internet of Things and information sciences. Get to know some of the tutors you may learn from below, or meet the rest of the department here.

 

 

Our Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence MSc has been designed to ensure you harness learnings from our Computer and Information Sciences department’s research output.  

Throughout your studies, you’ll be immersed in a research-rich environment pioneered by our dedicated research groups, including our Computational Intelligence and Visual Computing (CVIC) research group.     

The group develops and disseminates emerging work in computational and machine learning intelligence. They focus on providing solutions to real problems related to the broad area of physical and soft digital security, graphical visualisation, visual data processing, machine automation and more.   

As part of the UK government-funded Institute of Coding, set up to help fill the growing digital skills shortage, we’ll equip you with the advanced research skills employers are looking for. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to ask innovative questions and hone your critical thinking and problem solving skills. All of this will culminate in you producing your own Masters level dissertation project in the final stages of the course, on a topic of your choice.  

 

 

Demand for employees with specialist Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence qualifications is high. This course will prepare you to enter a sector that’s full of opportunity for skilled professionals. During your time with us, you’ll build the in-depth understanding and skills needed to advance your career, even if you’re new to the field. 

We’ve handpicked our modules to help you stand out in a lucrative market, developing both your “soft skills” and your technical capabilities. You’ll take broad-base Computer Science modules, including Object Orientated Programming, Data Modelling and Analytics and Secure Web Development, as well as those dedicated to refining your specialist AI skill set. You’ll explore topics such as digital signage and image processing systems, shallow and deep learning neural network techniques, unsupervised machine learning techniques, intelligent user interfaces and more. You’ll also have a chance to grow your interpersonal, research, project management and problem solving skills through an independent dissertation project.  

Upon graduation, you’ll be well placed to take up a range of roles, including but not limited to: Machine Learning Engineer, Research Scientist, Algorithm Developer, Computer Vision Engineer, SLAM Engineer, Solutions Architect or Engineering Manager.  

Successful completion of this Masters in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence could also lead you to a Postgraduate Research Degree. As a distance learning student, you’ll be able to tap into our Careers and Employment Service, which offers a range of resources and support, available online and on a one-to-one basis. 

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject. Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £8,190

Full EU Fee: £8,190

Full International Fee: £8,190

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and discounts

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.


Our Application Process

Applying for this course is quick and easy, and can be done using our online applicant portal.

 

As part of the application process, you’ll need to upload a selection of important documents including:

  • Your Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • A copy of your degree transcript (if this was awarded in a language other than English, you’ll need an official translation too)
  • Evidence of any other postgraduate or professional qualifications
  • An updated CV/resume
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency (if English is your second language)
  • A 500 word personal statement

If you are a non standard applicant, you will also need to send us two professional / personal references on headed paper.

 

After receiving your application, our Applicant Services team will aim to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

You are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship, scholarships or funding.

 

Useful application advice:

Our decision making process

Application advice for disabled students

Applying as an international student

 

 

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

 

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE7041 -

Object Orientated Programming (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your knowledge; understanding and skills in object oriented programming and program design concepts, using an object first approach. Specifically, you will learn how to design, implement, test and document programs and will gain practical programming experience by solving small scale problems. In addition, you will cover the need for standards and the principles of quality. In particular, the syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:

• Programming: simple data types and calculations; classes, objects, inheritance, interfaces, polymorphism; methods, constructors; parameter passing; arrays and strings; simple collection classes; statements for selection and iteration; exception handling; file and stream handling; APIs
• GUI programming : event driven programming, GUI components
• Tools: use of a compiler and associated Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Documentation tools.
• Program testing: purpose of testing, black box and white box testing. Use of tool support.

Since the module is intended for graduates from disciplines other than Computing, no previous programming experience is assumed.

More information

PE7044 -

Data Modelling and Analytics (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is design to develop your understanding of the conceptual basis for current database technology of which you will subsequently be able to apply such knowledge in implementing database applications.

Specifically you will be able to understand how to analyse, model, design, develop and manipulate databases. Furthermore, you will appreciate limitations of existing data models and the need for database programming to achieve complete solutions, write transactions and procedures for data manipulation, specify security for operations, and apply business rules.

You will also gain knowledge of alternative data models, their rationale, advantages and disadvantages, construct alternative data representations for contemporary data processing application. Moreover, you will get an appreciation of non-traditional data types, systems and applications (e.g., NoSQL Databases). You will learn how to use data for business reporting, exploratory data analysis and advanced data analytics. In addition, you will realise the responsibilities of database designers with respect to professional, legal, security and ethical issues.

More information

PE7045 -

Secure Web Development (Optional,20 Credits)

Through the completion of this module you will learn the requirements for developing secure web applications to industry standards, including the technical and architectural components of the web, considering accessibility issues. You will also learn how to apply the tools and techniques required for secure web development and develop practical skills to build a web application that interacts with a database. Issues associated with the deployment of a web application will also be discussed, including how to audit and correct security deficiencies by following leading industrial practice.

The syllabus of the module will include:
• The technical and architectural components of the web
• HTML and CSS and their application to building a web site
• Client and Server programming to deploy a secure web application that interacts with a database• Security issues in the deployment of a web application that is both usable and accessible

More information

PE7047 -

AI Studio (Optional,20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of artificial intelligence techniques and digital signal and image processing systems, including how to solving problems in these areas. In particular, you will cover topics such as:

• Introduction to artificial intelligence
• Supervised machine learning techniques and classifiers
• Shallow learning and Deep learning neural network techniques
• Optimisation algorithms for general neural networks
• Unsupervised machine learning techniques
• Introduction to digital signal, image and computer vision fundamentals
• Applications of state-of-the-art supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques with real datasets

More information

PE7043 -

AI and Digital Technology (Optional,20 Credits)

In this online module you will learn various digital technologies that will work with AI for various real-world applications, and investigate how these technologies can transform the business, finance, manufacturing, etc. Specifically the module will cover the following key topics, including:

• Digital transformation technology
• Artificial intelligence
• Machine learning
• Big data
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Blockchain
• Robotics
• Clouds
• Cyber security and privacy
• Industry 4.0

More information

PE7046 -

Research Project (Optional,60 Credits)

The aim of this module is for you to undertake a substantial academic research project at Masters level, produce a dissertation based on this work and present your findings. Your project itself will comprise a major piece of independent and original research centred at the forefront of your programme discipline. This takes place within the wider sphere of Computer Science.

In order to develop the necessary research knowledge and capabilities to successful complete the study, the module will begin with a taught stage where you develop a solid understanding of research methodology and methods alongside wider project management and academic skills required to successfully complete a research project. You will then progress to the completion of your project which will require you to develop, consolidate, and apply your independent research, academic study, and research skills to the investigation of a topic of your own choice that is relevant to your programme of study. You will experience the full life cycle of a research project from initial conception, development of a research proposal, critical review of the literature, planning and design of the research study to the implementation of your research, analysis of the findings, evaluation, reflection and dissemination.

You will present your work in a written report and recorded oral presentation.

More information

PE7048 -

Intelligent User Interfaces (Optional,20 Credits)

At the cutting edge of interactive technologies we find intelligent systems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) increasingly allows interactive systems to work with autonomy, making decisions for users, carrying out tasks for them, and prompting input. As systems become increasingly intelligent, the challenges of designing interfaces that are transparent, understandable and accountable to the users become harder. In this module you will study the human factors considerations of designing, using and evaluating intelligent user interfaces (IUIs). You will study a number of application areas of IUIs, and will practice the design and evaluation skills of the Human-Computer Interaction professional to specifically prototype and evaluate an IUI in your virtual classes.

Taking a human-centred perspective throughout, indicative topics that will be addressed will include (but are not limited to):

IUI Design and Prototyping Techniques
Voice User Interfaces / Natural Language Systems
Agent-Based Interactions / Chatbots
Recommender Systems
Human-Robot Interaction (Industrial and Personal)
Job/Function Allocation
AI and Secure Systems
Vehicle Automation / Intelligent Transport
Home Automation
Smart Cities
IUI Ethics

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE7041 -

Object Orientated Programming (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your knowledge; understanding and skills in object oriented programming and program design concepts, using an object first approach. Specifically, you will learn how to design, implement, test and document programs and will gain practical programming experience by solving small scale problems. In addition, you will cover the need for standards and the principles of quality. In particular, the syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:

• Programming: simple data types and calculations; classes, objects, inheritance, interfaces, polymorphism; methods, constructors; parameter passing; arrays and strings; simple collection classes; statements for selection and iteration; exception handling; file and stream handling; APIs
• GUI programming : event driven programming, GUI components
• Tools: use of a compiler and associated Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Documentation tools.
• Program testing: purpose of testing, black box and white box testing. Use of tool support.

Since the module is intended for graduates from disciplines other than Computing, no previous programming experience is assumed.

More information

PE7044 -

Data Modelling and Analytics (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is design to develop your understanding of the conceptual basis for current database technology of which you will subsequently be able to apply such knowledge in implementing database applications.

Specifically you will be able to understand how to analyse, model, design, develop and manipulate databases. Furthermore, you will appreciate limitations of existing data models and the need for database programming to achieve complete solutions, write transactions and procedures for data manipulation, specify security for operations, and apply business rules.

You will also gain knowledge of alternative data models, their rationale, advantages and disadvantages, construct alternative data representations for contemporary data processing application. Moreover, you will get an appreciation of non-traditional data types, systems and applications (e.g., NoSQL Databases). You will learn how to use data for business reporting, exploratory data analysis and advanced data analytics. In addition, you will realise the responsibilities of database designers with respect to professional, legal, security and ethical issues.

More information

PE7045 -

Secure Web Development (Optional,20 Credits)

Through the completion of this module you will learn the requirements for developing secure web applications to industry standards, including the technical and architectural components of the web, considering accessibility issues. You will also learn how to apply the tools and techniques required for secure web development and develop practical skills to build a web application that interacts with a database. Issues associated with the deployment of a web application will also be discussed, including how to audit and correct security deficiencies by following leading industrial practice.

The syllabus of the module will include:
• The technical and architectural components of the web
• HTML and CSS and their application to building a web site
• Client and Server programming to deploy a secure web application that interacts with a database• Security issues in the deployment of a web application that is both usable and accessible

More information

PE7047 -

AI Studio (Optional,20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of artificial intelligence techniques and digital signal and image processing systems, including how to solving problems in these areas. In particular, you will cover topics such as:

• Introduction to artificial intelligence
• Supervised machine learning techniques and classifiers
• Shallow learning and Deep learning neural network techniques
• Optimisation algorithms for general neural networks
• Unsupervised machine learning techniques
• Introduction to digital signal, image and computer vision fundamentals
• Applications of state-of-the-art supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques with real datasets

More information

PE7043 -

AI and Digital Technology (Optional,20 Credits)

In this online module you will learn various digital technologies that will work with AI for various real-world applications, and investigate how these technologies can transform the business, finance, manufacturing, etc. Specifically the module will cover the following key topics, including:

• Digital transformation technology
• Artificial intelligence
• Machine learning
• Big data
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Blockchain
• Robotics
• Clouds
• Cyber security and privacy
• Industry 4.0

More information

PE7046 -

Research Project (Optional,60 Credits)

The aim of this module is for you to undertake a substantial academic research project at Masters level, produce a dissertation based on this work and present your findings. Your project itself will comprise a major piece of independent and original research centred at the forefront of your programme discipline. This takes place within the wider sphere of Computer Science.

In order to develop the necessary research knowledge and capabilities to successful complete the study, the module will begin with a taught stage where you develop a solid understanding of research methodology and methods alongside wider project management and academic skills required to successfully complete a research project. You will then progress to the completion of your project which will require you to develop, consolidate, and apply your independent research, academic study, and research skills to the investigation of a topic of your own choice that is relevant to your programme of study. You will experience the full life cycle of a research project from initial conception, development of a research proposal, critical review of the literature, planning and design of the research study to the implementation of your research, analysis of the findings, evaluation, reflection and dissemination.

You will present your work in a written report and recorded oral presentation.

More information

PE7048 -

Intelligent User Interfaces (Optional,20 Credits)

At the cutting edge of interactive technologies we find intelligent systems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) increasingly allows interactive systems to work with autonomy, making decisions for users, carrying out tasks for them, and prompting input. As systems become increasingly intelligent, the challenges of designing interfaces that are transparent, understandable and accountable to the users become harder. In this module you will study the human factors considerations of designing, using and evaluating intelligent user interfaces (IUIs). You will study a number of application areas of IUIs, and will practice the design and evaluation skills of the Human-Computer Interaction professional to specifically prototype and evaluate an IUI in your virtual classes.

Taking a human-centred perspective throughout, indicative topics that will be addressed will include (but are not limited to):

IUI Design and Prototyping Techniques
Voice User Interfaces / Natural Language Systems
Agent-Based Interactions / Chatbots
Recommender Systems
Human-Robot Interaction (Industrial and Personal)
Job/Function Allocation
AI and Secure Systems
Vehicle Automation / Intelligent Transport
Home Automation
Smart Cities
IUI Ethics

More information

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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