Important information

You’ll probably have some questions about the AI course. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If yours isn’t answered here, feel free to call us or send an email.

The course starts in September 2020. If you prefer to start at a later stage, you can apply to start the course in January, May or September 2021.

The online course takes two years and three months to complete, or you can take up to a maximum of five years to complete it.

We recommend a commitment of around 12–15 hours of study per week.

Units are run consecutively, with each one taking eight weeks to complete. Over the course of the year, you’ll have three short breaks, in December, April and August.

  • Autumn term: September to December
    Short break in December
  • Spring term: January to April
    Short break in April
  • Summer term: May to August
    Short break in August

Tailored to fit your lifestyle, our online course is perfectly suited to individuals with full-time work and/or family commitments. Online study offers multiple ways to interact with the curriculum, all designed to fit around your schedule.

Tuition fees are paid at £722* per 10 credits. Fees can be paid in instalments corresponding with the course units. To qualify for an MSc, you will need a total of 180 credits.

Thanks to the relevance of artificial intelligence in multiple industry sectors, and the broad range of subjects covered, this course unlocks career opportunities across the board. Whether you are looking to expand into a more technical or strategic role, this course will support you.

The course offers two study specialisms, one exploring the more technical aspects of AI, the latter focusing on the broader, societal dimensions of the subject; both opening up a choice of careers in AI.

Although we accept students with a first or high second-class undergraduate degree in any subject, some coding experience is recommended. You will also need to demonstrate evidence of relevant quantitative skills, especially in algebra and calculus.

Students are assessed online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform. Explore the course curriculum.

To enrol on our MSc course, the following criteria apply:

  • Typically, you should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.
  • 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.
  • If your first language is not English you will need IELTS with a grade of at least 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in any of the four parts (listening, reading, writing and speaking). If you completed your degree in the UK within the last 2 years prior to the start of the course, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

How to apply

Drawing on insights from our Centre for Doctoral Training and our connections with the Institute of Coding, the University of Bath provides a unique perspective on the future of AI in practice. By exploring topics as diverse as data science, robotics, ethics and machine learning, the course provides all the experience you need for a career in this ever-evolving, ever-challenging domain.

The course is 100% online, so there is no need to visit campus at any point during your studies. You can attend campus if you wish, for instance if you want to use the library, but it’s not a requirement.

Our online environment features regular interaction with your lecturers and fellow students to give it that classroom feel. To help you connect with the content, the environment includes video content, case studies and a library of digital resources. Although our online courses allow you to study at a time and place that suits you, we do ask that you complete your assignments against a set schedule.

University of Bath online learning experience

* Valid up to and including September 2021 intake. Tuition fees are liable to increase each January. You should budget for an increase of up to a maximum of 5% each year.