Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning MSc

Dubai Campus

Start date
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

Annual tuition fee for 2024:
MSc - AED 148,138 for 1 year full-time or AED 74,069 per year over 2 years, part-time.
Your tuition fee can be paid in 3 instalments per year.

Scholarships are available.

Understand the fundamental principles of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This specialist Artificial Intelligence Masters/MSc programme will allow you to apply your knowledge to real problems.

Subject to Ministry of Education Accreditation

The past ten years have seen astonishing advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning that are promising to transfer the way we interpret and use data. These advances are already finding their way into our daily lives in areas that include automated language translation, speech recognition and generation, recommender systems, face identification and other applications that we may not even be aware of. It is also allowing us to think about the nature of intelligence from different perspectives to understand the way that humans perform tasks, and to augment and support our abilities in areas such as medical diagnostics, where AI techniques are beginning to be used to filter vast medical datasets to provide doctors with new insights that can be used to inform a diagnosis or treatment plan.

To enrich your learning experience on our programmes, our teaching is delivered jointly by staff from both our campuses (Dubai and the UK), by utilising modern digital technology. Typically, for each module, the teaching team consists of colleagues across the campuses with at least one member based in the Dubai campus. You will receive the same high-quality teaching materials (lecture slides and notes, for example) and rigorous assessments (assignments and exams, for example) as our UK campus. You will also have the opportunity to interact with staff & students across both campuses to support and enhance your learning experience. Furthermore, there is also the opportunity to conduct projects under the supervision of staff from either of our campuses which significantly boosts the pool of project topics accessible to our students.

On this programme you will learn about the fundamental principles of AI and ML and how machines can perceive, explore, and understand the world around us. You will extend and apply your knowledge to real problems in a substantial individual project working with one of our world-leading researchers, many of whom are working closely with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for AI and Data Science, of which the University of Birmingham is a member. You will learn about what current generation AIs can and cannot do, about contemporary challenges, and about societal and ethical considerations so that you can make informed decisions about how AI techniques should be used in the real world.

Why study Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning MSc at Birmingham Dubai?

  • Global recognition - We offer the same world-class education as in our UK campus by delivering the same high quality curriculum and meticulously similar quality assurance processes.
  • International reputation - The School of Computer Science is a truly international place, and our academics specialise in subjects including artificial intelligence and cyber security, which the modern world is built upon. You will be obtaining a first-class education in real-world issues, and will become the person that can develop and lead society and our future.
  • Research focused teaching - Our research feeds directly into your teaching ensuring your programme includes the latest developments in Computer Science, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Cyber Security.
  • Excellent career prospects - The broad range of skills you will gain mean you could choose to work in technology consultancy, IT, investment and banking, software development, finance, or join on of the many emerging start-up companies.
  • Connections across the world - You will become part of our global community of computer science students across the world meaning you will be connected wherever you go in the world.

Course delivery

We offer a combination of evening and weekend classes which are designed to accommodate working professionals and those who choose to study full-time.

Our draft timetable for full-time students is designed to deliver teaching on one or two evenings from 18:00-21:00 and on Saturday from 09:00-17:00 (day varies per module). Each module is block taught over 11 weeks in Semester 1 and 12 weeks in Semester 2. Part-time students will study during these hours as per the number of modules they choose to study.

Please note that the example timetable is to be used as a guide and is subject to change. Our term dates are also available online. For further information, please contact the Programme Director, M. Usman Ilyas (

View example timetable for MSc Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (PDF 228 KB)

Meet our academics

Our Computer Science academics are highly qualified and based in Dubai.

View their staff profiles

Learn about the Computer Science Department in Dubai


The course consists of 180 credits. As well as 6 x 20 credit compulsory modules, you will also undertake a 60 credit project.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.


Annual tuition fee for 2024 entry

  • AED 148,138 (1 year full-time)
  • AED 74,069/year (2 years part-time)


We have a number of scholarships available.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

We will consider applications from applicants who already have a first degree in computer science on a case-by-case basis.

Our Standard Requirements

2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a numerate discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Economics, or another programme with substantial Mathematics content).

International students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any band.
  • TOEFL- 88 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson- 67 with no less than 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English Advanced- minimum overall score of 176 with no less than 162 in any component

International Requirements

The programme includes lectures, tutorials, exercise classes, practical work, projects and independent study.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of

  • the theoretical principles of the core techniques of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • software tools and frameworks for artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to practical problems

You will also attain the following skills and attributes

  • the ability to apply the knowledge and understanding above to use artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to solve problems
  • the ability to specify, design and construct solutions to artificial intelligence and machine learning problems, using appropriate tools, and to document all stages of this process
  • the ability to evaluate a range of methodological approaches in relation to a given artificial intelligence or machine learning problem
  • the ability to work independently on a substantial artificial intelligence or machine learning project
  • project management skills
  • numeracy, in both understanding and presenting cases involving quantitative or similar format, symbolic dimensions
  • interpersonal skills

Having a MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will equip you with the right skills and knowledge to tackle immediate, real-world problems You will be equipped to recognise what current generation AIs can and cannot do, about contemporary challenges, and about societal and ethical considerations so that you can make informed decisions about how AI techniques should be used in the real world.

What can I do with a postgraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?

Graduates with a degree in AI and Machine Learning have a wealth of career opportunities to choose from. You may choose a graduate role in environments including:

  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • AI Developer
  • Research Scientist
  • Technology Consultant
  • Data Scientist

Some students also choose careers in teaching, research or technology development at universities. There is a great deal of potential for postgraduates looking to put their computing skills to good use.

What does the future hold?

Your career prospects are great and specialist computing graduates with a good degree are in demand. Plus, with the number of computer science graduates diminishing at the same time as jobs increasing, students with a postgraduate degree have an excellent chance of securing employment.