Master's in Science or Philosophy with specialisation in Artificial Intelligence (MSc/MPhil in AI)
Application deadline: 30 September 2021
The Master of Science/Master of Philosophy with specialisation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) involves two years of full-time study. Admission is competitive, not guaranteed, and is primarily on the basis of academic results. It is designed to provide students with the professional basis for a career path in AI and/or to enable them to embark upon a research programme in AI at Doctoral level.
It involves a first year of AI coursework and a second year during which a mini-dissertation on a topic in AI is completed. It is a full-time degree with no part-time options offered.
Information about funding opportunities can be found here.
If you need information in addition to the information contained on this page, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator (pgcoordinator at cs dot uct dot ac dot za).
In the first year of study, a student completes coursework totalling 90 credits, comprising a compulsory course in Research Methods (18 credits) and six elective courses in AI (12 credits each). The coursework year is a year of full-time intensive work and it is impossible to combine it with outside work. At the beginning of the second year of study, once they have passed the required coursework, a student enrols for the mini-dissertation component. The degree has been completed once a student has passed both the coursework and the mini-dissertation component.
The coursework aims to provide students with an overview of the fields of Artificial Intelligence in which the department conducts research:
Research Methods (compulsory)
Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision
Logics for Artificial Intelligence
Natural Language Processing
Upon successful completion of the coursework component, students will be required to register for the mini-dissertation component and complete a suitable research project in Artificial Intelligence under supervision of an appropriate Computer Science academic staff member. Students should be in a position to submit the final dissertation before the end of the second year.