Master of Artificial Intelligence

Master of Artificial Intelligence

POSTGRADUATE

Grow your knowledge and understanding of a truly modern field.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time 4 years
Eligible for advanced standing
Fees:

AU$30,720 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

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 the Master of Artificial Intelligence, 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 who undertake the research stream complete a research methods module, write a minor thesis, and select two electives. 

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 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.

Details

In this rigorous and challenging course, you’ll explore practical components of developing AI apps and platforms and understand the role that ethics and social responsibility play in the future of technology. 

Students with a proficient background in mathematics will thrive, as this degree requires strong problem-solving and analytical skills.

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 in-class programming challenges, 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 Computing Technologies 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 degree remains relevant to your needs, as well as the needs of employers. Industry also contributes to this degree through participation in seminars, industry awards and scholarships.

Many of the teaching staff are practicing (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.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

In your first year, 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, 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 and choose an additional AI elective and an IT elective.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Master of Artificial Intelligence
Program code: MC271

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Artificial Intelligence
City Campus
2 years full-time (International), 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time (Domestic)
MC271
0100716
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time (International), 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time (Domestic)
Plan code
MC271
CRICOS
0100716

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

This master's degree provides breadth of high-level computing knowledge and 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 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 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.  

Accreditation will be sought from the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

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

OR

You may also be considered if you have an Australian bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent and; relevant completed courses in programming and statistics in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or a minimum three years’ of current, relevant work experience or professional practice as a programmer, statistician or equivalent..

If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in computing, science, engineering or health with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0).

OR

You may also be considered if you have an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 and; relevant completed courses in programming and statistics in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or a minimum three years’ of current, relevant work experience or professional practice as a programmer, statistician or equivalent.

If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course 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.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this masters degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Applicants with relevant studies in computer science, information technology, software engineering, data science, analytics or statistics will be eligible for between 48 - 96 credit points of exemptions. 

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.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including MR221 Master of Computer Science (Research) and DR221 PhD in Computer Science, subject to each program's entry requirements.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Master Advanced Standing

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.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit.

Credits

Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and weightings, and reference to the learning resources.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$30,720.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • 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.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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 2022 is $315.

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.

FEE-HELP loans

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.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

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.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$37,440.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$75,840.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.