University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Intelligent Systems

This programme prepares you for research and development in intelligent systems, covering theoretical issues and practical techniques for their design and implementation. Programming skills are developed through an introductory module in Java, enabling students from both computing and non-computing backgrounds to access a wide range of specialist options commensurate with their experience. You can choose to organise your studies around these themes: Adaptive systems; artificial intelligence; creative systems; computational neuroscience. Alternatively, you can devise your own interdisciplinary combination of modules according to your personal interests.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree. Applicants should have a background in computing, cognitive subjects (such as neuroscience, psychology, linguistics or philosophy) or other disciplines requiring bothnumeracy and computer literacy. Mature applicants with relevant experience will also be considered.

Course modules

Full-time courses: Autumn term: applied natural language processing; intelligent systems techniques; object-oriented programming (students with a high level of programming experience may take advanced software engineering). You also choose 1 option from: artificial life; intelligence in animals and machines; mathematics and computational methods for complex systems; real-world cognition; web computing. Spring term: image processing; machine learning. You also choose 2 options from: adaptive systems; computational neuroscience; generative creativity; neural networks; neuroscience of consciousness; sensory and motor functions of the nervous system; technology-enhanced learning environments. Summer term: you undertake a dissertation project under faculty supervision. There may be opportunities to collaborate in this with an industrial partner. The dissertation offers scope to specialise through research in a chosen topic, and the work of some projects has led to publication in journals and conference proceedings. Part-time courses: Year 1: in each of the autumn and spring terms you take 2 modules. In the summer term you undertake work on the dissertation. Year 2: in each of the autumn and spring terms you take 2 modules. In the spring and summer terms you complete work on the dissertation.

Assessment methods

You are assessed by coursework, unseen examinations, essays, programming projects, group projects, presentations and a 12,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678195