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University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences MSc in AI and Sustainable Development
University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences

MSc in AI and Sustainable Development

Birmingham, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

07 May 2024

Sep 2024

GBP 25,290 / per year *


* for full-time International students | for full-time UK students: £11,340 | part-time UK students: £5,670 per year


AI for a Sustainable Future: Innovate, Transform, Sustain.

As artificial intelligence advances rapidly, coupling ethical AI expertise with sustainability perspectives remains imperative yet underexplored. Our MSc AI and Sustainable Development programme provides rigorous interdisciplinary training grounded in the priorities of underserved regions worldwide.

We nurture responsible leaders to pioneer systemic approaches embedding contextual AI innovations that thoughtfully uplift marginalised communities. Graduates lead at the nexus of ethical technology deployment and inclusive and sustainable development.

This innovative programme will equip you to drive social, economic, and environmental change through ethical AI innovation. The curriculum covers interdisciplinary topics spanning programming, algorithms, data science, machine learning, natural language processing, policy analysis, systems thinking, and sustainability principles.

Core modules such as 'AI and Sustainable Development' and 'AI for Global Challenges' provide the contextual insight and technical skills to deploy AI solutions upholding inclusion and empowerment. Optional modules allow customisation across pertinent areas like governance, inequality, climate resilience, and more.

With rigour and versatility, graduates are prepared for impactful roles advancing responsible technology deployment in NGOs, governments, social enterprises and beyond. Hands-on projects, real-world focus, cross-disciplinary faculty, and emphasis on ethical reasoning underpin adaptable expertise poised for emerging careers at the intersection of sustainability and digital transformation.

Intended for passionate, globally-minded students and professionals, especially those with social science backgrounds, this program nurtures intercultural competence, nuanced perspectives, and inclusive mindsets to pioneer systemic change uplifting vulnerable communities worldwide.

Why study at Birmingham?

  • Cross-disciplinary curriculum integrating computer science and social science perspectives to provide a holistic skillset

  • Specialised technical modules delivered by Computer Science faculty focusing on the latest programming, machine learning, and data science topics to equip students with adaptable high-demand competencies

  • Intentional development of non-technical abilities such as systems thinking, ethical reasoning, participatory design principles, and change management required for responsible innovation

  • Experiential insight into on-ground realities of deploying AI innovations in underserved regions to balance benefits and unintended risks

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