Summary of Action Point
ICT professionals with strong industry experience but no undergraduate degree, and graduates with undergraduate degrees in different areas may be granted access to the course on either a full-time or part-time basis, subject to completing three foundational modules prior to entry.
The UoM currently offers several MSc programmes through the FICT that are specifically focused on AI or related topics (including Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Big Data, Data Science and Fintech, to name a few).
MSc degree programs such as those offered by the Faculty of Engineering through the Department of Systems & Control Engineering focus on the use of AI within engineering and industrial contexts
Over time it is becoming also quite common to find dissertations from across UoM that in some way or other focus on AI in relation to other areas such as law, regulatory frameworks, finance, gaming, and transportation.
Through the full-time MSc in AI with the placement, the student has the possibility to work on some AI-related tasks that are of interest to the company and within the company’s environment. Agreements between the UoM and the relevant companies are set up to establish the parameters of the placement including the duties and responsibilities of the company (such as mentorship of the student) and those of the UoM (including things such as supervision).
On the other hand, the general full-time MSc has this year attracted several students whose dissertation is specifically focused on AI.
The part-time MSc in AI has been on offer since 2016/2017 and has attracted an average of 25 students per year. The structure of this MSc is very flexible and consists of a set of core units that include Machine Learning (and Deep Learning) and the students can then chose to follow study units from several streams.
These include the Big Data, Computer Vision, Robotics, Natural Language Processing, Fintech, and Geosciences streams. Streams however do not straight-jacket students into taking units from a particular stream. In preparation for the MSc in AI, the UoM offers preparatory study units depending on the needs of the students. The AI Bootcamp unit (described earlier) is intended as a refresher of important theoretical and fundamental topics in AI for those professionals that have obtained their undergraduate qualification a while back and will therefore serve as a stepping stone into the MSc.
On the other hand, students that want to pursue the MSc in AI degree but have an Honours undergraduate degree that is not related to an ICT area, have to first successfully complete at least three individual study units before enrolling in the MSc. Through these units, the students are exposed to machine learning and programming which are fundamental for progressing in the MSc.
Individuals that are not interested in pursuing a complete degree even though they have the necessary requirements, have the possibility to register and get accreditation for short courses (individual study units) that are offered as part of the MSc programme. It is also possible for a student that has successfully passed through six individual units (total of 30 ECTS) over a period of years to then register for the dissertation unit and still manage to successfully obtain the MSc.
Action Point is Established.