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Master of Studies - AI Ethics & Society

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More than ever, we need leaders across sectors who can steer us toward a future in which AI is a force for good. 

World leaders and citizens are demanding ethical considerations be placed at the heart of AI. 

Effective leadership in AI needs a rigorous education that spans disciplines. For this reason, the University of Cambridge has developed a first-of-its-kind Master of Studies in AI Ethics and Society (MSt AI Ethics) designed specifically for professionals. It offers the expertise and skills necessary for critically understanding and responding to the complex socio-technical systems underpinning our greatest AI opportunities and challenges.  

Tackling the hard questions & Big Issues 

The MSt AI Ethics 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.  Some of the types of questions addressed in the course will include:

     -  How can I tell if an AI system is trustworthy? 
     -  How can I prevent negative impacts from a new technology?     
     -  How do I keep data private, secure, and properly managed?
     -  How can I design a process of responsible innovation for my organisation?

Who Is it for?

The MSt AI Ethics will draw together a community of students from a rich mix of professional backgrounds including business, management, policy, technology, design, consultancy, law, communications, and others. 

Whether you're a technology-maker intent on ensuring your products ‘do no harm’, a consultant asked to advise on ‘responsible’ strategy, or a leader commissioning technology to serve your community, the MSt AI Ethics will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to make the right decisions. 

Why Cambridge?

In addition to an 800-year history of innovation and leadership across technology, philosophy, and the humanities, the University of Cambridge is located within a hub of AI innovation that is home to tech giants and start-ups (including Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, ARM and others).  

The MSt AI Ethics 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.

Because the programme is run by a specialist research centre, rather than by 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. 

Benefits of the MSt AI Ethics & Society

Whether you’re looking for a new direction, a competitive edge, or a future-proof career pathway, a graduate qualification from the University of Cambridge in AI Ethics will furnish you with the trusted and globally-recognised expertise necessary to move forward with confidence.  As a unique professionally-oriented graduate degree dedicated to AI Ethics, the MSt provides:

     -  Globally trusted expertise in AI Ethics and tools for Responsible AI leadership. 
     -  A flexible part-time programme to suit busy professionals. 
     -  An intensive week-long residential session per term at a Cambridge college.
     -  A vibrant international network of peers, experts, and world leaders in AI and AI Ethics.
     -  A graduate qualification from one of the world’s top universities. 


Are you interested in becoming an expert in Ethical AI? 

Find out more.

Course details and how to apply at
the University’s Institute of Continuing Education.