Presentation of the Master in Artificial Intelligence

Inspired by the dual-track swiss education system, the Masters focuses to a large extent on the acquisition of professional expertise. It combines state-of-the-art theoretical courses and work-based learning in a company. The student specialises in AI and develops artificial intelligence projects within the company. 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 the Swiss Distance University Institute and Idiap. Distance University offers a cutting edge 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 centre of expertise in artificial intelligence and expert in technology transfer.

What makes our integrated master so special?

The Masters of Science in Artificial Intelligence is a recognised, flexible professional qualification adapted to recent trends in our society. It has 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 study allows you to organise your education according to your personal circumstances.
  • Personal supervision and close contact with professors and assistants with the help of e-tools.
  • The acquisition of professional expertise along with theoretical courses.

The Master in Artificial Intelligence: who is it for?

This programme is perfect for:

  • Students with a solid IT background, with the motivation to work with the company in setting up an artificial intelligence development strategy. This strategy takes the form of developing one or more projects.
  • To companies which aim to integrate artificial intelligence in their strategy, but which are blocked by the lack of highly qualified staff. The company establishes a position in the company for the student who is given responsibility for the AI project(s). The company is advised and supported by Idiap researchers and specialists.

In brief

Start of courses

Entry once a year possible:

1 February

Qualification awarded

Master of Science (M Sc) in Artificial Intelligence, 90 ECTS


3 semesters (18 months)

Type of course

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


Approximately 45 hours a week

Conditions of admission

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or equivalent field
Employment in a programme’s business partner 


Courses are taught in English
The personal work in a business enterprise is carried out in the language of that company 


Tuition fee: CHF 2,000 / semester

Next introductory session

29 January 2021

Examination sessions

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

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