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MSc Intelligent Systems

MSc Intelligent Systems

The Aberystwyth MSc in Intelligent Systems provides you with a broad coverage of intelligent systems.  The Intelligent Systems Masters course utilises the expertise of our world class research group.  Thus your masters course will examine areas such as Advanced Reasoning; Computational Biology; Intelligent Robotics; Vision; Graphics and Visualization.  This cutting-edge course is specifically designed to be practical, containing a mix of work geared towards building intelligent systems, rather than simply knowing about them. 

By graduating in this course you will have mastered the latest theoretical concepts in intelligent systems, but you will also have gained direct experience in designing and directing their real-life applications.  This course also ensures that you will be highly conversant in the philosophical, ethical and legal issues that surround artificial intelligence matters, so that you have a truly holistic understanding of this remarkable and fascinating subject.

As one of the UK’s leading computing bodies, Aberystwyth University’s Department of Computer Science designs its Masters courses to meet the evolving needs of industry, business and government.  Our graduates are highly successful in the competitive jobs market precisely because they possess vocational experience in the latest technologies, which significant employers value very highly.  The department also seeks to develop your interpersonal, communication and research skills, so that you will have the adaptability to thrive in a constantly changing work environment where team dynamics and individual excellence play their parts in any project’s success.

This MSc will give you a superb education in the theory and application of Intelligent Systems computing which, supported by a cache of practical, technical and personal skills, will stand you in excellent stead for entry into further study, public sector organisations and private companies.


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One year full-time or two years part-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.

Contact Time:

Approximately 10 hours a week in the first two semesters.  During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


The taught part of the course (Part 1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. The subsequent successful submission of your research dissertation (Part 2) leads to the award of an MSc.

Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement for the MSc in Intelligent Systems is a second class honours in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related subject.  This should include programming in a language like Java, C or C++.  Sometimes it may be possible to substitute industrial experience (supplemented by preliminary study) for these academic qualifications. 

English Language Requirements:    

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Possible funding opportunities can be found in our funding calculator.

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