The University of Bradford was awarded £700,000 to launch an innovative MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics course to meet the national shortage of artificial intelligence and data science specialists.
Employers have identified artificial intelligence and data science as key skills for graduates wanting to work in leading-edge businesses or become tech entrepreneurs. Hence, this MSc programme aims to support graduates’ employment ambitions across a range of sectors. The programme content seeks to equip students with the right tools, techniques and skills necessary to gain up-to-date knowledge and transferable skills to secure employment in this exciting and increasingly important area. The programme is co-designed with input from industry partners, students, and academics, has a strong applied focus, and embeds the opportunity of a 3-month placement, offering students invaluable real-world experience and an opportunity to build industry contacts.
The award is part of a £1.4m investment in the new course by Office for Students (OfS), Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI) and industry contributions. The course is supported by content from leading industry players including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy, UKBlackTech, and SAS UK. A significant number of students are drawn from historically underrepresented groups, including female students, black students, disabled students, refugees and students from areas identified as traditionally low participation groups – a focus central to the University’s values. In this sense, the funding provides sixty scholarships, each worth £10,000, aiming to attract graduates underrepresented in this sector.
Lecturer in AI for Business
School of Management