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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is rapidly developing and is increasingly being applied across sectors, posing significant ethical and societal challenges. The MSt in AI Ethics and Society is devoted to developing leaders who can tackle the hard AI questions that are most relevant for the workplace today, such as issues of privacy, surveillance, justice, fairness, algorithmic bias, misinformation, Big Data, responsible innovation, and more. 

The MSt in AI Ethics and Society is an academically rigorous part-time programme, drawing together a community of students from a rich mix of professional backgrounds including business, management, policy, technology, design, consultancy, law, communications, and others. The programme will provide students with the critical skills, knowledge and analytical abilities needed to identify and address ethical challenges as they arise in practice from the application of AI.

The MSt AI Ethics and Society is developed and taught by the University’s Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI), a global research centre at the forefront of AI Ethics and impact research, in partnership with the Institute of Continuing Education. As the programme is run by a specialist research centre, rather than a department, the curriculum is uniquely multidisciplinary, informed by up-to-the-minute research developments, and incorporates experts from diverse areas, including philosophy, machine learning, computer science, policy, law, and more. See

Our Master of Studies in AI Ethics and Society won the 2022 CogX award for 'Best Course in AI'.

Applications for the 2024-26 cohort are now closed. Please note that no late applications are possible.

Applications for the 2025-27 cohort are due to open in early September 2024.



Expected academic standard

Applicants are normally expected to a hold a 2i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university in a relevant subject.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Applicants for this course are also expected to have:

  • fluency in written and spoken English language;
  • demonstrable commitment to, and aptitude for, advancing the ethical use of AI in society; and
  • access to appropriate computer technology and internet service to allow for significant online participation, both synchronous and asynchronous; 

We are able to consider 'non-standard' applicants who do not meet the standard academic criterion. In such cases, you will need to produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience, and your suitability for the course.

The structure of the programme allows international students to attend on a Short-term Study Visa, and those in full-time employment, whether in the UK or abroad, to work and study at the same time.

Language requirement

If English isn’t your first language, you will be required to submit evidence that you meet the University’s English language requirement before you are admitted.

Please follow this link for full details of the University Language Requirement:

Please note that there are no exceptions to this requirement and, if you are offered a place on the course, it will be subject to you meeting this requirement.

Those that have taken previous degrees in English may not fulfil the requirement. Please use the calculator to check if you are required to take a language test. Failure to do could mean that you are not able to join the course.

Language requirements for this course are as per the table below:

  • IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.5, with no element lower than 7.0
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 110, with no element lower than 25
  • C1 Advanced *: Grade  A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element), plus a Language Centre assessment.
  • C2 Proficiency †: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200, with no element lower than 185)

*Previously known as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

†Previously known as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)


Course dates

23 Sep 2024 to 11 Jun 2026

Course duration

22 Months

Apply by

26 Mar 2024

Course fee

Home: £23,706
Overseas: £35,556

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Various locations
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

180 credits at Master of Studies

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