MSc in Human-Centred Big Data and Artificial Intelligence


Program Description

Course Overview

You will be trained in adventurous and exciting computational science, working on real-world challenges that will transform society and the economy. While there are valid concerns about what impact big data and artificial intelligence might have on individuals, communities, jobs and society, this programme focuses on human potential, needs, desires and cares, and how these motivations can be used to drive innovation.

You will undertake your major project in collaboration with one of our world-class partners (including Google, Facebook, NHS, Tata Steel, Ford, Microsoft and many more), and also take part in a range of additional skill-enhancing activities such as sandpits, retreats and focused training events. As part of a close-knit cohort, students will learn human-centred methods, grounded in a broad range of theoretical, experimental, domain and methodological perspectives to understand how these can amplify and enhance the human potential in big data and AI.

Topics Likely To Be Covered

  • Human-Centred Perspectives and Methods
  • Industrial Partner Case Studies
  • Big Data
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Abuses, Biases and Blessings of Data
  • Trust, Argumentation and Verification
  • Visual Analytics
  • Interfaces and Modalities
  • Critical Systems
  • Data-Structures and Architectures
  • Human-Centred Evaluation and Analysis
  • Choice of topics relating to Law, Healthcare, and Factories of the Future

Why Human-Centred Big Data and Artificial Intelligence at Swansea?

Computer Science at Swansea University is widely acknowledged as a leading UK department, with a raft of impressive rankings reflecting teaching and research excellence. The College is ranked:

  • 8th in the UK overall [Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019]
  • In the UK Top 20 for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • 14th in the UK for research [Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019]
  • UK University of the Year Runner-up and Welsh University of the Year [Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019]

Computer Science and Engineering at Swansea is world-ranked 401-500 in the 2017 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).

Your Human-Centred Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Experience

Your experience will be far from the “norm”: you will build yourself and others up into something that is not just a “cohort” of students but rather a movement, active, dynamic and empowering that is driven to do excellent science with purpose and impact.

You will undertake a series of compulsory and optional 15-credit modules in the first part of the course, while a 60-credit project module will occupy most of the second stage. We will use a variety of stimulating and innovative methods to help you extend and apply your thinking. These will include sandpits, retreats, international visits, side projects and secondments. Responsible innovation will be actively explored and promoted in all of our work.

The new Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus is central to your experience at Swansea. It is already the nucleus of a vibrant community for world-class research leaders in computer science. Over the course of this degree, you will be taught by staff from internationally renowned research groups within the Computational Foundry and beyond. Their knowledge of constant developments in Computer Science helps to keep your learning fresh and relevant to the wider industry.

Human-Centred Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Employment Opportunities

Completing this MSc considerably enhances your career prospects, whether in academia or industry. A key highlight of the course will be the chance to work closely with partners of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems to develop your major project – we expect many students to go on to careers with these organisations as a result of these collaborations.

Entry Requirements

An aptitude and ability in computational thinking and methods, with a demonstrable interest in human-centred computing. The necessary skills, knowledge and experience will need to be outlined in the applicants’ personal statement.

Minimum 2:1 in Computer Science or a related technical subject (or equivalent experience).

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent t ... Read More

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. Read less