Artificial Intelligence MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Artificial intelligence and intelligent robotics are rapidly growing fields that you can become part of. On this course you’ll be able to gain knowledge of the various models of artificial intelligence, acquire skills in the associated computational techniques, and learn how to apply them to solve a wide variety of problems.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) encompasses the techniques and methods used to tackle problems that traditional approaches to computing struggle to solve. The four areas of fuzzy logic, evolutionary computing, neural networks and natural language processing encompass much of what is considered to be artificial intelligence. There are also opportunities to apply what you learn in areas such as robot control and games development, depending on your interests.   

You will study neural systems, natural language processing and research methods and applications while developing your skills in our dedicated robotics laboratory, equipped with a variety of mobile robots. The applied computational intelligence module considers knowledge-based systems, as well as the historical, philosophical and future implications of AI, and focuses on current research and applications in the area.    

Modules include work based on research by the Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI). With an established international reputation, its work focuses on the use of fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, mobile robotics and biomedical informatics, providing theoretically sound solutions to real-world decision making and prediction problems. Previous students have published papers with their IAI project supervisors and progressed on to PhD study. 

Key features

  • This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
  • Our internationally recognised Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI) helps to inform the content of our course, allowing you to understand the current research issues related to artificial intelligence and potential areas that need more research focus.
  • The modules you’ll study feature work based on research by our IAI and focus on the use of fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing and mobile robotics, providing theoretically sound solutions to real-world decision-making and prediction problems.
  • Your studies can work around your work and other commitments with full-time, part-time or distance learning study options available. This makes the course ideal for both recent graduates and professionals already in employment.
  • Take advantage of our AI laboratory featuring cutting-edge workstations and technologies such as the Emotiv Flex Gel Sensor Kit and Emotiv PRO, Lynxmotion Hexapod robot, Turtlebots,  HTC Vive development kits, 3D Scanner, 3D Printer and Lego EV3 Kits.
  • Artificial intelligence is a growing industry across the globe. Employment opportunities exist in areas such as games development, control systems, software engineering, internet businesses, financial services, mobile communications, programming, and software engineering.




DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

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Programme code: I40073

Start date: September, January

Duration: 12 months (September start), 18 months (January start)

Fees and funding:

2024/25 full-time fees for UK students: £9,500 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Programme code: I40073

Start date: September, January

Duration: 12 months (September start), 18 months (January start)

Fees and funding: 

2024/25 tuition full-time fees for EU and international students: £17,600 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.


If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.


English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise


Block 1

Neural Systems and Natural Language Processing

Block 2

Artificial Intelligence for Mobile Robots

Block 3

Fuzzy Logic and Evolutionary Computing

Block 4

Research Methods & Applications

Blocks 5 & 6

Thesis Project 

See detailed module descriptions




The course consists of an induction unit, four modules and an individual project. The summer period is devoted to work on the project for full-time students.

Teaching is normally delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment is via coursework only and will usually involve a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and projects.


Contact and learning hours

Students will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, with approximately 28 additional hours of self-directed independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation per week.


Taught by experienced research staff from the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI), an internationally recognised centre highly rated in the most recent Government Research Assessment Exercise, you will gain a professional qualification that gives substantially enhanced career and research prospects in both traditional computing areas and in the expanding area of computational intelligence.



Facilities and features


We have our own AI laboratory situated in Gateway House featuring cutting-edge workstations and technologies such as the Emotiv Flex Gel Sensor Kit and Emotiv PRO, Lynxmotion Hexapod robot, Turtlebots,  HTC Vive development kits, 3D Scanner, 3D Printer and Lego EV3 Kits.

Mobile Robotics is taught as an option at undergraduate level as well as on the Artificial Intelligence with Robotics BSc programme. On the Artificial Intelligence MSc programme students will be exposed to the more advanced techniques.

The Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI) conducts research into use of computational intelligence techniques on mobile robots and encourages PhD applications in this field.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including the Virtual Learning Environment, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Careers Team


During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year,* an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

Previous students have taken up placements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, with Intelligent Systems and Robots MSc students securing placements at leading companies such as Jaguar Land Rover.

Our Careers Team can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

*Country restrictions apply


DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Previous DMU Global trips have seen Intelligent Systems MSc students explore the Silicon Docks in Dublin to being inspired by educational and networking opportunities at the SAS Global Forum in Dallas.


Graduate careers

Jaguar Land Rover role places Nontawat at the cutting-edge of AI

Working at the cutting-edge of artificial intelligence (AI) is enriching Nontawat Pattanajak’s research and studies at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

“AI is becoming increasingly important across many industries and careers, so the opportunity to gain professional experience has been very valuable.

“It’s giving me the chance to apply what I’ve learned at university to real-life projects and getting to use state-of-the-art tools and methods is developing my technical skills.

“I’m grateful to be working with a team of experts who are supporting my progress and that my role is stimulating and varied.”

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