Master of Artificial Intelligence
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years, Eligible for advanced standing
AU$28,800 (2020 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
DurationFull-time 2 years
AU$35,520 (2020 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Artificial Intelligence is becoming increasingly relevant across all industries and the demand for skilled workers is growing rapidly. A recent McKinsey report forecasts that Al will generate $13 trillion in economic activity by 2030, so it’s a good time to gain expertise in this burgeoning and complex field.
In this degree, you’ll learn to design and implement systems and applications in high-tech facilities, such as the newly developed Artificial Intelligence Lab.
The Master of Artificial Intelligence offers two stream options. Project stream students complete an AI postgraduate project and choose two electives in each AI and IT. Students opting to undertake the research stream complete a research methods module, write a minor thesis, and select two AI electives, and one IT elective.
RMIT is ranked among the world’s best by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). In 2018, the Australian Research Council rated RMIT ‘above world standard’ for our research in the field of AI and Image Processing. This course is among the most specialised of its kind in the country, with few other degrees focused on AI theory and applications in today’s climate. Curious and motivated students will develop advanced knowledge, placing them ahead of the pack for practical careers or research in AI.
The course contains a broad mix of study modes, including lectures, tutorials, practical classes, studios, project work and seminars, using face-to-face, online, intensive, and other flexible delivery mechanisms.
Assessment is designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate your capabilities. You will find that the forms of assessment used may be different for each course, depending on the course objectives and learning outcomes.
Your assessment in this course may include examinations, assignments and projects, reflective journals, assessed tutorials or presentations, self-assessment, and peer assessment.
Those who wish to exit the degree at graduate diploma level can do so after two semesters, or else transfer into the Master of Information Technology.
The School of Science has substantial links with the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, both in Australia and internationally.
Employers and industry professionals are members of our Industry Advisory Committee and contribute to the ongoing development and improvement of this degree. Their involvement ensures that this course remains relevant to your needs, as well as the needs of employers. Industry also contributes to the course through participation in seminars, industry awards and scholarships.
Many of the teaching staff within the course are practising (or have been) industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks. This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.
In your first year of this degree, you will undertake six fundamental subjects, and choose two electives.
Students with a Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Information Technology may be eligible for advanced standing of up to one semester.
In the second year of this course, students will choose between a project stream, or a research option:
- Research students will complete a research methods module and a minor thesis
- Project students will complete an AI PG project, choose an additional AI elective and an IT elective.
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2 years full-time (International)
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time (Domestic)
2 years full-time
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Program code: MC271
This course provides breadth of high-level computing knowledge as well as depth in artificial intelligence, and the design and implementation of AI systems. In this era of rapid technological change, we will increasingly see AI computer systems take over control and decision-making in diverse areas, and will drive economic growth, public policy and corporate strategy.
This degree will prepare you for a career as an AI professional in this emerging area. You will be able to apply advanced AI knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice or scholarship, and also as a pathway for further learning.
Job titles for AI professionals are very diverse, and may include: AI engineer, machine learning engineer, business intelligence developer, research scientist and web analyst.
An Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 (equivalent to at least a credit average), in computing, science, engineering or health
An Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 (equivalent to at least a credit average), where the title does not specify the specialisation (e.g. Bachelorof Arts). In this case relevant completed courses in programming and statistics in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or, at least three years’ relevant work experience in programming and statistics will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Students with relevant undergraduate studies in computer science, information technology, software engineering, and/or statistics will be given up to one semester (48 credit points) of advanced standing.
Students who have successfully completed BP094 Bachelor of Computer Science or BP096 Bachelor of Software Engineering degree from RMIT University will be granted 48 credit points of advanced standing. For all other students, advanced standing and exemptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
You may be eligible for advanced standing up to a maximum of 2 semesters (equivalent to 96 credits points). Eligibility for advanced standing is based on your previous studies and is assessed on a case by case basis.
Learn more about eligibility for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
2020 indicative annual fees
Full-fee places: AU$28,800*
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308* maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
*Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.