Presentation of the Master in Artificial Intelligence

Inspired by the dual-track swiss education system, the Master focuses to a large extent on the acquisition of professional expertise. It combines cutting-edge theoretical courses and work-based learning in a company. The student specialises in AI and develops artificial intelligence projects within the company he/she works for. Projects are supervised by AI researchers and specialists of the Idiap Research Institute, a national centre of AI expertise.

This unique university education is the fruit of a strategic partnership between UniDistance Suisse and Idiap. Distance University offers an advanced technical and organisational infrastructure thanks to its expertise in e-learning and its status within the Swiss higher education system. Idiap offers scientific expertise as a national competence centre in artificial intelligence and expert in technology transfer.

What makes our master so special?

Besides combining those two sides : working in a company and studying, the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is a recognised, flexible and professionalising degree which is perfectly in line with the recent developments in our society. It offers many advantages:

  • It combines a job experience with flexible distance learning courses
  • Your degree will be recognised in Switzerland and abroad according to the Bologna criteria.
  • The flexibility of distance studying allows you to organise your education according to your personal situation.
  • Personal supervision and close contact with teachers and assistants with the help of e-tools.
  • The acquisition of professional expertise along with theoretical courses.

Who is this Master in Artificial Intelligence for?

This programme is perfect for:

  • Students with a solid computer science background, motivated on developing an artificial intelligence strategy with a company and creating one or more projects.
  • Companies aiming at integrating artificial intelligence in their strategy, but lacking highly qualified employees. The company establishes a position in the company for the student in charge of the AI project(s) and is also advised and supported by Idiap researchers and specialists.
    Further information for companies:

In brief

Course beginning

You can only start once a year, on the:
1st February

Degree awarded

Master of Science (MSc) in Artificial Intelligence, 90 ECTS


3 semesters (18 months)

Type of course

Full-time dual track education and training courses combining lectures with working in a business enterprise


Approximately 45 hours a week


Courses are taught in English but the work for the partner company is carried out in its corporate language.

Costs for the students

Tuition fee: CHF 2,000 / semester

Next welcome session

29 January 2022

Exam sessions

At the end of each term (trimester) (6 sessions)

Voices of Distance Learning

Colombine Verzat

Student Master in Artificial Intelligence

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