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Study Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Ireland

Get ready for an exciting career in AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field that’s been witnessing a tremendous growth in the recent times. You know why? As per a Forbes report, 58 million new jobs are expected to be created by 2022* and the World Economic Forum states that by 2025, machines are expected to replace humans by 71%*.

With Ireland being called Europe’s own tech hub, there is a huge career potential for AI graduates here. Here’s what makes pursuing AI in Ireland totally worth it:

  • High employment opportunities: Presently, Ireland is facing a shortage of manpower skilled in AI which is essential for the growth of the sector as per OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) skills database

  • Multiple specialisations available: AI courses in Ireland are available in disciplines such as programming, technology, and information processing to meet the constant demand across industries for AI specialists

  • Digital revolution: Due to AI, all Irish companies are experiencing new opportunities across sectors, raising the demand for workforce with relevant skills to match the pace of technological growth

  • Sectoral development: Currently, over 80,000 tech experts are working in Ireland, with more than 8,000 more IT jobs expected to be created this year for AI in Ireland*

  • Future prospects: AI in Ireland is expected to boost the GDP of the Irish economy by 22% by 2030*

Eligibility criteria

When opting for AI, some of the subjects you’ll study include computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, autonomous systems, software engineering principles, image analysis, machine learning, ethics and social implications of AI, signal and sound processing, etc. The eligibility criteria to enrol in an AI course varies with institutions; however, the basic requirements remain the same:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics with a minimum average score of 60%
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) scores
  • IELTS scores – an overall band score of 6.5 with no band less than 5.5
  • Supporting documents –Resume, Statement of purpose (SOP), Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
  • Relevant work experience is an added advantage

Note: Students must study courses like Computer Science/Data Science/Big Data at their undergraduate level to apply for a master’s in AI.

Cost of studying AI in Ireland

The tuition fee for a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence in Ireland ranges from €10,000 to €22,575 (depends where you are seeking admission). The tuition fees for top universities can go up to somewhere between €17,750 to €18,000.

Note: Please consider this as post-graduation fees as the course is offered at master’s level only.

The duration of the AI courses (Master’s level) is generally 12 months on average, however, if there is a work placement included, the duration will be extended by the same number of months or a year.

Career scope

Owing to the diversity exhibited in the AI space, there are numerous jobs at various levels available:

  • Foundational jobs such as software engineers, data architects, machine learning engineers and deep learning engineers
  • Advanced jobs like specialist research engineers, AI architects and language and speech experts

Some popular companies based in Ireland where AI graduates can look for jobs include: Siemens, Zalando, SAP, HubSpot, Deutsche Bank, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce, Ericsson, Intel, Dell EMC, Microsoft, Fujitsu, Mastercard, Nokia Bell Labs, Huawei and others.

Employers prefer AI graduates over students who’ve pursued other professional courses. like an experienced may earn up to €91,000 per year, whereas a fresher can earn €46,000 each year*. The average salary earned by an AI graduate in Ireland is approximately €65,201 per year.



Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on May 21, 2021

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