Master’s of Science in Computer Vision


Program Description

Master’s of Science in Computer Vision

Upon completion of the program requirements, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Exhibit comprehensive and highly specialized knowledge of computer vision in line with the underlying mathematical and computational principles.
  2. Perform a critical literature survey and develop new ideas by integrating multidisciplinary knowledge.
  3. Apply advanced problem-solving skills to analyze, design and execute solutions for the existing and new problems in computer vision faced by both industry and academia.
  4. Become highly skilled in initiating, managing, and completing multifaceted computer vision projects, and be able to clearly communicate concepts, complex ideas and conclusions both orally and in the form of technical reports.
  5. Function independently and in a team to address computer vision problems under complex and unpredictable real-world settings.
  6. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of computer vision discipline at an advanced level suitable to pursue a Ph.D. degree and contribute to cutting-edge computer vision research to produce new knowledge or take responsibility to lead innovative and impactful computer vision projects in the industry.
  7. Manifest the right learning attitude during coursework and research that clearly shows ownership, personal and technical growth, and responsibility.
  8. Understand legal, ethical, environmental and socio-cultural ramifications of computer vision technologies, and be able to make informed and fair decisions on complex practical issues.

The minimum degree requirements for the Master of Science in Computer Vision program are 35 Credits, distributed as follows:

  • Core Courses: 4 Courses (15 Credit Hours)
  • Elective Courses: 2 Courses (8 Credit Hours)
  • Research Thesis: 1 Course (12 Credit Hours)


Core Courses

Master’s in Computer Vision is primarily a research-based degree. The purpose of coursework is to equip students with the right skillset, so they can successfully accomplish their research project (thesis). Students are required to take COM701 as a mandatory course. They can select three core courses from a concentration pool of six in the list provided below:

Code Course Title Credit Hours
COM701 Research Communication and Dissemination 3
CV701 Human and Computer Vision 4
CV702 Geometry for Computer Vision 4
CV703 Visual Object Recognition and Detection 4
MTH701 Mathematical Foundations for Artificial Intelligence 4
AI701 Artificial Intelligence 4
AI702 Deep Learning 4

Elective Courses

Students will select a minimum of two elective courses, with a total of eight (or more) credit hours (CH) from a list of available elective courses based on interest, proposed research thesis, and career perspectives, in consultation with their supervisory panel. The elective courses available for the Master’s of Computer Vision are listed in below table:

Code Course Title Credit Hours
MTH702 Optimization 4
CS701 Advanced Programming 4
CS702 Data Structures and Algorithms 4
DS701 Data Mining 4
DS702 Big Data Processing 4
ML701 Machine Learning 4
ML702 Advanced Machine Learning 4
ML703 Probabilistic and Statistical Inference 4
NLP701 Natural Language Processing 4
NLP702 Advanced Natural Language Processing 4
NLP703 Speech Processing 4
CV704 Advanced Computer Vision 4
CV705 Advanced 3D Computer Vision 4
CV706 Neural Networks for Object Recognition and Detection 4
HC701 Medical Imaging: Physics and Analysis 4

Research Thesis

Master’s thesis research exposes students to an unsolved research problem, where they are required to propose new solutions and contribute towards the body of knowledge. Students pursue an independent research study, under the guidance of a supervisory panel, for a period of 1 year.

Code Course Title Credit Hours
CV699 Master’s Research Thesis 12
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in Abu Dhabi, is a graduate-level, research-based academic institution that offers specialized degree programs for local and intern ... Read More

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in Abu Dhabi, is a graduate-level, research-based academic institution that offers specialized degree programs for local and international students in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The MBZUAI aims to support the advancement of scientific research, development, transfer, and use of Artificial Intelligence through the introduction of MSc and Ph.D. programs that allow students to fulfill their intellectual potential in a state-of-the-art environment. The goal of the MBZUAI is to achieve academic and research excellence at the local, regional and international level, helping its students succeed in their career and leverage their acquired knowledge to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time. Read less