Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme


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Program Description


Collaborate with industry leaders and innovators to understand the implications of artificial intelligence (AI).

The Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme aims to supply you with a sound understanding of AI technology. Participants will explore AI’s history, functionality, and capability, as well as the challenges, and the social and ethical implications, that are inherent in its methods. Learn to identify areas where AI can be applied in your organisation, and gain the necessary skills to make an informed business case for its successful implementation.

You’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to assess the implications and possibilities of AI application in your industry and build a business case for its implementation.
  • Guidance from Oxford Saïd faculty and a host of industry experts as you develop a robust framework for understanding and critically examining the social and ethical implications of AI.
  • Discover tools and techniques used for AI by developing an understanding of machine learning, deep learning, neural networks and algorithms.
  • Develop a contextual understanding of AI by exploring its history and evolution, and learn to make informed predictions for its future trajectory.

Programme structure

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is collaborating with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to create a new class of learning experience – one that is immersive, collaborative, and designed for optimal accessibility to the busy working professional. Take advantage of flexible learning (8–10 hours per week) and the support of a personal Success Manager on the easy-to-use Online Campus interface. Join a global learning community of like-minded professionals from around the world and earn a certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd as recognition of the industry-leading competencies you’ve developed over the six weeks of this programme.

The topics covered in this programme include:

  • Module 1: Artificial intelligence ecosystem
    Explore the history and potential of AI within the context of the digital ecosystem.
  • Module 2: AI and Machine Learning: Understanding the black box
    Analyse the three main types of machine learning: supervised, reinforcement, and unsupervised learning.
  • Module 3: Understanding deep learning and neural networks
    Understand what deep learning is and how it is powering the modern approach to AI.
  • Module 4: Working with intelligent machines
    Explore the concept of intelligence in machines and the potential impact of AI on the labour market.
  • Module 5: The ethics of artificial intelligence
    Explore the hierarchy of ethical and legal considerations around AI.
  • Module 6: How to drive AI in your business
    Identify the potential business opportunities of AI for a specific context.

Download your programme prospectus to find out more.

Who would benefit?

This open enrolment programme aims to bridge the gap between business and technology and is designed for managers and business leaders across multiple functions and industries looking to understand the possibilities, and limitations, of artificial intelligence. It is also highly relevant to technical experts such as CIOs, IT managers, and business analysts looking to better understand how to implement AI within their organisations.

How to register

This online programme is available to professionals around the world, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. While there are no acceptance criteria or registration fees, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF reader and Excel. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word, or similar programmes.

Installing Adobe Flash Player will give you full access to certain programme content, such as interactive infographics. However, you’ll still have access to this content in the form of a downloadable PDF transcript if you’d prefer not to use Flash.

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This programme is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter. View this Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme on the GetSmarter website to find out about upcoming programme dates, programme price, and more.

Download your prospectus to find out more about this programme.

Will I have the time?

GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The programme work is broken up into weekly, manageable modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the programme, and allow you the flexibility to work when it suits you best.

At the beginning of each week, you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes, and assignments necessary for completion. Once registered you’ll be assigned a personal Success Manager. You will have access to your Success Manager, who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.

What is the online campus?

The Online Campus (OLC) will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your programme. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of programme content formats, including interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the OLC discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the OLC to get in touch.

Can my employer assist with payment?

By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.

What are my payment options?

You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the programme starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for programmes nine weeks and shorter. For programmes ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

If you have any other queries, please contact:
+44 1865 950 945

Last updated Jul 2020

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Founded in 1996, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is a young, vibrant and entrepreneurial business school, deeply embedded in an 800-year-old, world-class University. Oxford Saïd is determin ... Read More

Founded in 1996, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is a young, vibrant and entrepreneurial business school, deeply embedded in an 800-year-old, world-class University. Oxford Saïd is determined to deliver cutting-edge education and groundbreaking research that transforms individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. Read less
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