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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

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

We are delighted to announce that our Master of Studies in AI Ethics and Society has won the 2022 CogX award for 'Best Course in AI'.

Course delivery: We plan to deliver our postgraduate and MSt qualifications in-person in the academic year 2023-24. 



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 to the programme are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the English language; students whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the current English Language Competence requirements of the University’s Board of Graduate Studies in the year in which they apply for admission to the course.

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; 

There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion. Such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their 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
  • CAE: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element), plus a language centre assessment.
  • CPE: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)


Course dates

25 Sep 2023 to 27 Jun 2025

Course duration

22 months

Apply by

31 Mar 2023

Course fee

Home: £22,575
Overseas: £33,862


Various locations
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

180 credits at Master of Studies

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