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Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics


This programme meets the urgent demand for interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in the ethical design, use and governance of artificial intelligence and other data-intensive technologies.

Today, many organisations and sectors that work with artificial intelligence (AI) and data-intensive applications are missing the distinctive expertise in their technical and policy/governance workforce needed to answer society’s demands for responsible technology use, which increasingly goes beyond mere legal compliance.

Graduates of this programme will help their future employers to navigate complex new technical systems and roles with transparency, accountability, fairness, justice, and respect for individual and human rights, and in ways aligned with genuine human and social needs.

Our interdisciplinary degree is designed with the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading academic expertise in this area, as well as philosophy, law, informatics, and science and technology innovation studies (STIS). It leverages the research power of the Futures Institute’s Centre for Technomoral Futures, which promotes sustainable, just and ethical outcomes for artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven technology.

You will:

  • Build the complex cognitive and collaborative skills needed to become knowledgeable and competent in responsible and ethical data and AI development, use and governance.
  • Develop an understanding of the ethical, legal, policy and design values and principles for responsible use of data.
  • Learn how ethics intersects with other forms of technology governance such as law, policy, design and professional standards; and how it relates to broader political and cultural power and influence.
  • Gain practical experience working and communicating about AI and data ethics with other stakeholders and practitioners across sectors, disciplines and publics.

Online. On campus. Fusion.

This programme is available full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. You can register for a full MSc, a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Our teaching model allows choice as to how you study – with options to study online or on-campus at the level of each individual course. Please note, we may not always be able to guarantee your first choice of study mode for every course you take. International students coming to Edinburgh on a study visa, are required to take all their courses on-campus due to immigration restrictions.

If you are planning to study mostly or completely on-campus follow the ‘Find out more about on-campus study’ link below. If you wish to study mostly online, follow the ‘Find out more about online study’ link.

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