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MScApplied AI and Data Science

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Want to start a career in one of the most fascinating and in-demand fields of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Data Science? Using student-centric and problem-based approaches, the MSc Applied AI and Data Science course will equip you with the grounding knowledge, industry-standard skills and technology to open doors to a wide range of careers.

This postgraduate conversion course has been designed to increase AI and data science experts in the UK market with the support of the OfS and industrial partners, including IBM, Motion-Robotics, Barter For Things Ltd, 451 Research, and University Hospital Southampton. This course is also suitable for those who may not have a computer science or STEM academic background, but wish to start a new career in AI and data science.

Throughout the course you will explore fundamental principles and techniques, and will be supported to develop the practical skills to apply to AI and data science techniques to solve real-world problems.

This course also offers 33 scholarships (£10,000 each) for the 2023/24 academic year, and work placement opportunities, to increase the skilled workforce and diversity in AI and data science. 27 scholarships will be awarded as part of the £8.1million Office for Students (OfS) funding initiative (#JoinYourAIFuture) and six additional scholarships will  be funded by Solent University. The scholarships are available mainly for female, black, and disabled students (see scholarship criteria here and scholarship FAQs here).

The recent growth and developments in AI and data science is bringing significant social, economic, and health benefits to the world. Using AI and data science techniques, digital machines can analyse and learn from big datasets, and discover more efficient ways to do complex tasks and make intelligent decisions with much higher accuracy and speed than human beings.

Automation of routine or mundane tasks is also a big feature of AI. This is boosting the global economy by transforming business models across all sectors like healthcare, science, finance, banking, sales, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, construction, travel, leisure, hospitality, environmental monitoring, transport, and logistics. AI enabled applications have already become an integral part of our life. When you speak to Siri or interact with Cortana, AI and data science algorithms are running behind them. Other exciting applications include medical diagnostics, speech recognition and synthesis, robotics, autonomous vehicles, stock price prediction, chatbots, natural language processing, and language translation. Currently, AI is also being used to research Covid-19 treatments and vaccines.

The course also offers the chance to take a paid work placement in industry for up to six months after completing all modules. This gives you valuable practical experience and confidence working in industry, boosting your CV and helping you to secure jobs in this area. Support is given to help you find a placement but is your responsibility to secure one. Alternatively, you may also apply to undertake a paid research placement at the University for up to six weeks, giving you the experience of working as part of a research team. This would help you to pursue a career in research and academia.

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Course features

  • Apply direct

    You can apply direct to Solent University for this course

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • January start available

    This course has an option to start in January

This course is for

This conversion master's course is specifically designed for those who want to learn practical skills to apply AI and data science techniques to solve real-world problems.

The course does not require any prior technical knowledge. Therefore, the course is equally suitable for applicants who do not have any computer science or STEM background, but wish to either start a new career in AI and data science or enrich their own areas with AI and data science expertise.

What this course leads to

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to enter a variety of roles including:

  • Applied AI developer
  • AI strategy manager
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Data mining engineer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Business analyst
  • Digital marketing analyst

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

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