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Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science (PGCertAppSc) - Artificial Intelligence

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

0.5 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024

Campus

University of Otago

Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science (PGCertAppSc) allows students to begin postgraduate study with a 60 point qualification from which they can later proceed to a Postgraduate Diploma or Master's degree.

This option allows students to maintain employment while gaining qualifications.

The programme of study for each subject shall consist of approved 400- and 500-level papers to the value of 60 points, and shall normally include papers from more than one subject. With the approval of the Head of Department or Course Director concerned, papers worth up to 20 points from 400- and 500-level papers other than those specified in the relevant Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) table may be included.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study

  • shall consist of approved 400- and 500-level papers, to the value of 60 points, selected from the papers specified in Science Schedule D for the Master of Applied Science subject concerned.
  • shall normally include papers from more than one subject and at least one of the approved 400-level papers that shall be amongst the first papers taken in the programme of study.
  • may, with the approval of the Head of Department or Course Director concerned, include papers worth up to 20 points from 400-and 500-level papers other than those specified in Science Schedule D.

Why study Artificial Intelligence (AI)

There is currently a very large demand in industry for people with advanced AI skills.

AI is currently having a large impact on many human endeavours mostly through deep learning approaches in science, business, the law, medicine, and government.

Careers

Possibilities include: AI engineer, research scientist, data scientist, policy expert, analyst. There is a nationally recognised need for more graduates with expertise in AI.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Science).

Every applicant must either

  • be a graduate, or
  • have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic module) (including IELTS Online) - Overall score of 6.5, no individual band below 6.0.
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 90 and a writing score of 21.
  • C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) & (previously Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • Language Cert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill.
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment - Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
  • APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination - Grade 4 or higher.

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