A new Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence has been launched by the University of Aberdeen. The degree aims to meet the fast growing need for AI-literate workers in a range of industries. In conjunction with Scotland’s Data Lab innovation centre, the university is offering six funded places for the course starting in September.
The degree aims to familiarise students with those technologies most sought after in business, covering areas such as big data, analytics, data science, machine learning and AI for ‘decision support’. Students will be taught using a mix of course and project work, solving real world problems relevant to organisations.
The degree was designed with input from an advisory board including companies such as Intelligent Plant, Arria NLG and public sector bodies including Aberdeen City Council. “Artificial Intelligence promises to be the next industrial revolution, and such technologies are in great demand worldwide,” said Professor Wamberto Vasconcelos, head of the university’s Department of Computing Science.
“Given the well-recognised skills shortage in the field, this course offers companies a fresh pool of talent from which to recruit, allowing them to shape their workforce in preparation for the new economy. Our close partnership with the Data Lab and our industrial advisory board will ensure that this new degree is directly relevant to the industry, and will unlock a new stream of talent in the north east.”
Steve Aitken, from Intelligent Plant, added: “As a growing company who work in this space we know that there is increasing demand for AI related services, and welcome this new degree as a means to help us recruit and address the problems faced by the industry.
“This degree should allow graduates to immediately apply their skills upon entering the job market, as well as to undertake industrially relevant work while studying and Intelligent Plant is happy to help the university to ensure that the course is relevant to Industry.”
Ian Watt, Aberdeen City Council’s digital transformation manager, commented: “The MSc programme will equip students with useful skills for the Big Data and Data Science industry, aligning with the needs of the City Council and its partners in providing residents with the best services possible.”