Oxford Artificial Intelligence Programme

Artificial intelligence
Understand the mechanics behind AI, its potential and its challenges.

Start date:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,650

About the programme

Drawing on research and knowledge from across the wider University of Oxford, you will explore the mechanisms and concepts behind AI.

The programme will provide you with a sound understanding of the technology: its history, functionality and capability, as well as the challenges that are inherent in its methods.

You will also have the opportunity to develop an informed opinion about AI's application as you reflect on its implications and limitations and build a business case for its implementation.

Delivered in partnership with online learning provider, GetSmarter, you will become part of a community, learning together through a dedicated Online Campus. 

The thinking behind the programme

The last decade has seen impressive advances in AI, which are proving their value in a huge range of new application areas.

In order to understand AI and its true potential - what it can and can't do - people need to understand how the technology works. The University of Oxford is a global centre for AI research, with world-class research ranging from practical applications such as robotics, driverless cars, healthcare, finance and law, through to quantitative and computational principles of AI.

Our programme provides a practical way of accessing this world leading research, and during your learning journey you will also consider the ethical and philosophical questions about the nature of AI. While there is genuine cause for excitement about advances in AI, there is also a lot of unsubstantiated hype. 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.

An introduction to the programme

AI robot

Meet the faculty

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 discover how this is helping to change the world. 

Programme curriculum

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Artificial Intelligence ecosystem

Module 2

AI and Machine Learning: Understanding the black box

Module 3

Understanding deep learning and neural networks

Module 4

Working with intelligent machines

Module 5

The ethics of artificial intelligence

Module 6

How to drive AI in your business

Oxford Saïd announces new AI research initiative

Find out more

Dean Peter Tufano has announced the launch of the Oxford Initiative on AI×SDGs

Led by Professors Andrew Stephen and Luciano Floridi, and supported by Facebook, Google and Microsoft, the initiative will explore how Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used to support and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).