Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme

Understand the mechanics behind artificial intelligence, its potential and its challenges

Start date:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,300

About the programme

To understand artifical intelligence (AI) and its true potential - what it can and can't do - you need to understand how the technology works.

The Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme is designed for managers, business leaders, and technical professionals across multiple functions and industries looking to understand the workings, possibilities, and ethics of AI technology. It provides a unique opportunity to develop an informed opinion about AI’s applications, as you reflect on its implications and limitations whilst building a business case for its implementation.

The University of Oxford is a global centre for AI, with world-class research ranging from practical applications through to quantitative and computational principles of AI. The programme draws on this unique environment and multidisciplinary experts exclusively sourced from across the University of Oxford to provide a comprehensive exploration of AI and machine learning.

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

An introduction to the programme



  • Ability to assess the implications and applications of AI in your industry and build a business case for its implementation
  • Robust framework to critically examine the social implications and ethics of AI
  • Conceptual understanding of machine learning algorithms, deep learning and neural networks
  • Access to Oxford's unique ecosystem of AI research and development
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty
  • Access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn

Programme outline

Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Artificial intelligence ecosystem

Explore the history and potential of AI within the context of the digital ecosystem.

Module 2

AI and machine learning: understanding the black box

Delve into the mechanics of the three main types of machine learning: supervised, reinforcement and unsupervised learning.


Module 3

Deep learning and neural networks

Understand what deep learning is and how it is powering the modern approach to AI. 


Module 4

Working with intelligent machines

Explore the concept of intelligence in machines and the impact of AI in the labour market. 

Module 5

Ethics of AI

Explore the hierarchy of ethical and legal considerations around artificial intelligence.

Module 6

How to drive AI in your business

Identify the potential business opportunity of AI in a specific context.

What our alumni say

It is one of the best programmes I’ve ever attended. I would call it an action-packed thriller technology course... It is like parallel processing computers, where we get so much knowledge and so many ideas from fellow students.

Roni Ukken

Director, Sheperd Limited UK


The programme is led by Professor Matthias Holweg, who brings together expert insights with faculty from Oxford Saïd and the wider University of Oxford. 

Take a look at the research that is driving the AI conversation and learn how this is helping to change the world. 

Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

The last decade has seen impressive advances in AI technology, which are proving their value in a huge range of new application areas. While there is genuine cause for excitement about advances in AI, there is also a lot of unsubstantiated hype.

The programme provides a practical way of accessing the world of AI and machine learning algorithms through world-leading research. Learning is delivered around several key frameworks developed for the programme: Framework for AI, Ethical framework for AI, Framework for making a business case.

Our faculty will showcase the reality of AI and machine learning, and they will show you where AI is now, where it may go, and how Oxford is positioned to be at the forefront of these developments.

Programme impact

Alex Barr, Janus Henderson fund manager and City of London councilman, talks about the potential implications of AI in business and its impact on organisations, and shares his experiences of the programme.

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s learning and development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.