Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence

  • Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Carlow 
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


The programme is a Level 9, Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence with an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence. The programme has been proposed, designed and developed to meet the current and expected growth, both nationally and internationally, in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has become one of the most exciting topics in computing today. Brought about by the improvement in available hardware and an array of free, open-sourced A.I. software libraries, it is one of the fastest growing areas within the ICT industry. It is already being used to develop smarter products and services, from self-driving cars and automated warehouses, to computer games and online chatbots.

This master’s programme aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the important topics within Artificial Intelligence. Students will be equipped to apply them in real-life scenarios and to solve (sometimes difficult) business and/or societal problems. Students will learn to discern the possible utility of A.I. in the real world while understanding the practical considerations that arise, for example: algorithm efficiency, power source, speed, communication, movement, environmental conditions, safety, and ethics.


What will be able to do when I finish this programme?

This programme aims to equip its candidates with a well-rounded knowledge of A.I. through a practical and hands-on focus.

What subjects will I study?

  • Programming and Tools for A.I.
  • Practical Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • A.I. Application Domains
  • Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems
  • A.I. at the Edge ( exploring A.I.’s place in society)
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours, Level 8, primary degree in Computer Science (or equivalent) with a programming/numerate content. In such cases the programme team must be satisfied that the programming/numerate content is sufficient for entry to the programme and that applicants have an aggregate grade of a second-class honours in appropriate modules.

Applicants who do not meet the above standard entry requirements will also be considered if they have an undergraduate degree (at Level 7 or higher) and a minimum of 5 years verifiable relevant industrial experience.

Applicants who do not have a primary degree will only be considered with a minimum of 10 years verifiable relevant industrial experience.

Shortlisted applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements will be invited for interview.

EU and International graduates whose qualifications are in line with the Bologna agreement or the international NARIC system for Level 8 comparison.

Candidates, for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS score of 6.0, with no individual section lower than 6.0 or equivalent recognized English language test.

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates are well positioned to apply to related fields of study at Master and PhD levels.

Potential employment opportunities:

Students will be able to take on a wide range of roles, including but not limited to data analytics and architecture, software engineering, and machine and deep-learning engineering. The added focus specific to this programme of embedding the algorithms in reallife and physical contexts opens a much wider avenue of employability.

Advanced roles may specialise in areas such as computer vision, language and speech, A.I. architecture and applied machine learning engineering; all roles where expertise and tenacity are required to figure out how to deploy solutions to the real world.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
Master of Science in
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Carlow Full-time €8,700 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages

How to apply

Programme available for January 2024 intake 

Check that the Masters in Applied Artificial Intelligence is the course for you.

Review all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.

Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

Non-EU international applicants should refer to the International section of the SETU website for further information.


Dr Oisin Cawley
Programme Director

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353-59-9175205