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Joint Masters Data Science and AI

Start date
July 2023
18 months
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

2023 entry.
Option 1:
IIT Madras, INR 300,000
- University of Birmingham, £8,540
Option 2:
- IIT Madras, INR 600,000
- University of Birmingham, £6,100

Video transcript

Study data science and AI with global experts at both the University of Birmingham and IIT Madras. Prepare for an exciting career with industrial experience and cutting-edge research projects.

This joint MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence opens up new and exciting opportunities for you to study in two countries, benefitting from the expertise and industry links of both IIT Madras and the University of Birmingham.

Experience a global perspective as you learn the fundamental principles of data science and explore the world of AI. Our research-informed teaching will put you at the forefront of these rapidly evolving fields.

You will study a diverse range of topics, learning how to make sense of the vast amounts of data organisations now gather and store. You will learn about recent advances in artificial intelligence and what the current generations of AI can and cannot do. Undertaking a substantial individual project will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real world challenges.

You will be able to select from two programme options when you apply. The first option begins at IIT Madras in Chennai where you will study for seven months and complete a short industrial placement. Then you will come to Birmingham and study for 12 months, completing a research project. The second option also begins at IIT Madras where you will study for seven months and complete a short industrial placement. Then you will come to Birmingham to study for five months after which you will return to IIT Madras for a research project.

Why Study this Joint Masters?

  • Experience studying in India and Birmingham at two leading institutions
  • Gain a global perspective on data science and AI
  • Get hands-on experience in industrial training
  • The University of Birmingham’s School of Computer Science is world-renowned for its education and research
  • Birmingham has state-of-the-art, multi-million-pound facilities include dedicated laboratories for Computer Science students, a teaching laboratory for Robotics, and research laboratories for Security, Medical Imaging, Intelligent Robotics and Computer Vision.
  • The University of Birmingham is a partner in the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
  • Benefit from innovative curricula with IIT Madras’ award-winning pedagogy and research methodology, awarded the title of Institute of Eminence
  • IIT Madras Excellence in technical education, basic and applied research, innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial consultancy
  • IIT Madras has been ranked top for the last five years, it is the number 1 Engineering University in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)
  • IIT Madras has 250 hectares of self-contained green campus in Chennai

Contact us for further information.


Programme Option One

From late July to November you will study at IIT Madras then you will undertake an industrial placement until January. In January, you will transfer to Birmingham for the remainder of the programme.

Core modules

Optional (indicative modules)

Programme Option 2

 From late July to November you will study at IIT Madras then you will undertake an industrial placement until January. In January, you will transfer to Birmingham to study for five months and then return to IIT Madras in June for a research project.

Core modules

Optional (indicative modules)


2023 entry

Programme option 1

  • IIT Madras: INR 300,000
  • University of Birmingham: £8,540

Programme option 2

  • IIT Madras: INR 600,000
  • University of Birmingham: £6,100

Academic requirements

You will be considered for this programme if you have the following academic scores:

  • Indian undergraduate: Bachelor’s degree with 60% and above in Science and/or Engineering
  • Other: Equivalent of a UK 2:1 Honours degree in a numerate discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Economics, or another programme with substantial Mathematics content).

English requirements

At least a 2.1 in a numerate first degree, plus our standard requirements for English proficiency:

  • The IELTS requirement is 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band. The equivalencies for this from the Indian Standard XII English are: - 80% from ISC, CBSE, and Maharashtra
    - 75% from West Bengal
    - 85% from Other State boards
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing;
  • PTE Academic: Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills.
  • Applicants with appropriate grades in Standard XII English (English Core/English Elective/Functional English in CBSE) do not require additional SELT qualifications.

A valid English qualification is required on the enrolment date of the programme, not the arrival date to the UK for the part of the programme studied at Birmingham.

Further information on International student entry requirements.

Having a Joint MSc in Data Science and AI will open up a huge range of career opportunities. The programme will give you experience at two of the world’s leading institutions in India and the UK. It will equip you with a unique international perspective, specialised knowledge and skills, and give you access to industry partnerships.

It will also help you develop cross-cultural communication skills and broaden your understanding of different approaches to data science and AI, helping  you to stand out from the crowd and advance your career in this rapidly evolving field.

Graduates will have specialist, advanced skills and be well prepared for a wealth of jobs including:

  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Applied scientist
  • AI developer
  • Big data specialist
  • Machine learning expert
  • Business analyst
  • Technology consultant
  • Research scientist

The University of Birmingham has a Careers Network which you can access while studying. An expert team can offer you advice, mentoring and support with CVs and job applications.

IIT Madras’ robust industry connections make it a highly sought-after destination for recruitment, providing students with ample opportunities to participate in the institute’s placement season.