MSc Artificial Intelligence

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2024

Studying Artificial Intelligence at postgraduate level is an exciting and hands-on opportunity to explore how computing and machinery are completely changing the landscape of business as we know it.

Designed by our academic experts and industry specialists this degree will help you develop a deep understanding of how to work collaboratively in this dynamic and fast evolving branch of computer science. From business intelligence to robotics and machine learning to AI there are plenty of avenues that will be open to you with our postgraduate qualification.

Why study this subject?

If you are looking for a career that could take you anywhere in the world and across  many different business sectors, then Artificial Intelligence is the perfect choice for you. We can confidently say that the ever-evolving world of AI is an exciting one to jump into, with it driving transformations to traditional industries and opening up new areas of human endeavour.

Gaining a postgraduate qualification in AI can engage you with diverse employment opportunities. Whatever your area of interest there is somewhere for everyone to take their career, including: speech recognition; customer behaviours; computer vision; healthcare; military; education; gaming; robotics and autonomous vehicles.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

We are a student focused and employer-led university which means that you are at the forefront of all that we do. Buckinghamshire New University is invested in you and your future. We work hard to ensure that our courses are designed with you and industry in mind, so that you can graduate confident that you can make the next steps in your career.

We are committed to helping equip you with the knowledge that will allow you to progress your career and specialise in various areas, such as:

  • machine learning
  • artificial neural networks
  • data analysis
  • expert and fuzzy systems

We believe it is important for you to stay in the loop with the latest industry guidance and our industry experienced academics are perfectly placed to share their wealth of knowledge and utilise their connections to ensure you are learning and developing the most in-demand skills and knowledge.

You will also get opportunities to expand your knowledge both inside and outside of the classroom. Students have previously visited sites of historical importance, including Bletchley Park, to learn more about the history of computing and how it impacted the world.

What facilities can I use?

BNU has invested in our facilities to ensure that you can learn on industry standard systems and software, meaning that you can make an easy transition from education into employment. Quite simply we are committed to making sure we provide you with the best learning experience possible.

We make sure we keep the University’s computing facilities well maintained and equipped. We have a range of large labs, most filled with dual-screen, dual boot (Windows and Linux) systems. Latest industry standard software is also included on devices to allow you to develop your skills to what is needed in the workplace.

Labs have been custom built to provide the best spaces to nurture the specific skills needed for game and internet development. These allow you to build your skills within key areas of future employment.

What will I study?

Our MSc in Artificial Intelligence is designed to help you to develop the technical skills and knowhow that many companies are looking for in an AI specialist.

You’ll study areas such as machine learning and artificial neural networks, data analysis, expert and fuzzy systems, which underpin AI systems development. However, this course also has its roots firmly in the field of computer science so you will also implement artificially intelligent machines, whether these are in the form of knowledge-based systems, intelligent agents or robots. In addition, throughout the course you will be encouraged to adopt recognised software engineering principles, which form the foundations of system development. We will also make sure that you have plenty of opportunity to put professional and ethical practices into action, including the appropriate adoption of software engineering principles.

The programme is distinctive in that as well as providing students with a strong theoretical background in AI, it also includes a significant practical element so students will learn to use a range of AI-related tools and professional development platforms. Furthermore, you are given the opportunity to understand and consider the role of AI in the wider, social context as well from the point of view of potential employers. 

Across the course you will study a wide range of important components from theoretical concepts, critical and computational thinking, and the practical use of a range of AI-related software tools to examine real-world problems and challenges. You will also have the chance to explore the role of an AI expert in social and professional contexts.

Not only will you be learning vital information, you will be learning from innovative, forward-thinking and highly motivated expert lecturers. Our lecturers have close industrial links and all work together to ensure that you have the best possible enriched and stimulating learning environment.

How will I be taught and assessed?

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we have a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, practical lab sessions, seminars and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

You are more than a number at BNU, and we are here to support you through your education journey. We have in place regular contact hours with our tutors and provide you with continuing help and guidance throughout the programme of study.

We are dedicated to giving you hands-on and real-world experience through welcoming guest lecturers, working with companies on live briefs and projects and organising external visits to industry.

There will be a variety of assessments across your course, which will give you a thorough understanding of the various situations you may come across during your professional life. You will undertake:

  • written assignments
  • practical exercises
  • presentations
  • individual and group tasks
  • exams.

The Dissertation represents a major piece of independent research focused on some significant problem, which can be linked to some current business challenge or your own career aspirations. Formal and informal feedback on your work is regularly provided to support and direct your learning and development.

Useful Documents

MSc Artificial Intelligence Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants will be assessed on their academic qualifications although previous experience and interest in computing, IT, business or management is desirable.

A typical offer will include 2:2 honours degree or equivalent qualification in computing, web development, computer sciences, software engineering, system engineering, mathematics with computer science, physics with computer science or a related discipline.

Applicants who don’t meet the above requirements but have technical/management experience in industry could be considered (subject to interview).

General Postgraduate Requirement for IELTS -  6.5 (6.0).


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £10,500 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,550 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we will support you on the route to your chosen career. Helping you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

AI specialists are currently in great demand globally across a range of sectors. This pattern is expected to continue as AI becomes embedded further as part of technological developments.

The curriculum has been carefully designed such that graduates from this programme can expect to progress into a variety of industry roles, such as:

  • Machine Learning Engineer – building and managing platforms for machine learning projects. 
  • Business Intelligence Developer – designing, modelling, and maintaining complex data in cloud-based data platforms.  
  • Artificial Intelligence Architect – providing AI solutions to help businesses grow.  
  • Robotics Scientist – building and maintaining software for robots that do tasks normally reserved for humans.

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