Think AI is just a passing trend or buzzword being thrown around for pizzazz?
Well, not quite. From healthcare to transport, AI has already impacted our day-to-day lives, and will only grow in adoption rates and importance. In Singapore, the Government rolled out the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy[i] in 2019, and according to the Global AI Adoption Index 2021[ii] which was commissioned by IBM, at least half of 500 technology decision-makers from local firms surveyed have sped up the roll-out of AI after COVID-19[iii].
If you want to pick up some AI skills in light of this information, you’re in luck! There are many avenues in Singapore for you to do so, and plenty of courses to pursue. Here are some that may be of interest!
All course fees are for 2021/22 intakes unless specified, and are subject to changes depending on the school; fees do not include miscellaneous fees. Do note that this is a non-exhaustive list!
Singapore Management University – SMU Certificate in Artificial Intelligence
This intermediate-level course caters to executives and is available fully online. It is taught by investor and serial entrepreneur Joel Ko, the co-founder of technology investment company Deepbase AI and affiliate faculty of SMU. SMU advises that you take the ‘Artificial Intelligence: A Layman’s Approach’ course, have basic coding experience and be comfortable with basic level algebra before signing up for this executive programme.
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Programme Duration: Five days (9am-5pm)
Curriculum: The certificate programme comprises two modules: they are Building AI Capability with Basic Coding for Business and Mastering Machine Learning with Coding.
Course Fees: SGD 1,605 for Singaporeans aged 40 and below. Fees can go as low as SGD605.00 after maximum funding. The full fee for the course is SGD 5,350.00, and it is SkillsFuture credit claimable.
Prospects: You will receive Certificates of Participation upon successful completion of the course.
ITE-Intel® AI For Citizens: A Global AI Public Awareness Program
This self-paced course is free to Singaporeans and was developed by Intel. Its content is suitable for those with no knowledge of AI and is hosted on the Gnowbe self-learning platform. All course-takers will be awarded personalized, shareable and printable badges (one per track) after successfully completing in-course quizzes.
Programme Duration: Four hours
Curriculum: Two tracks called AI Aware and AI Appreciate.
Course Fees: Free
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (CET Academy) – Artificial Intelligence in Finance (Online course)
The first-industry led course for AI in Finance, this online course comprises video lectures by senior lecturers, readings and video interviews from industry experts. There are a total of 19 modules and you will have to complete a quiz after each one. There will be online discussion forums that let you discuss learnings and insights with fellow course takers. You do not need to have prior knowledge in AI to take this course, although some knowledge in fintech will be helpful.
Programme Duration: 10-12 hours, self-paced
Curriculum: Four topics, with a total of 19 modules. The four topics in question are An Industry Overview of AI, AI Technologies, Implementing AI in an Enterprise, and Applications of AI in Finance respectively.
Course Fees: SGD 108.90-963.00 (full fee)
Prospects: You will complete the course with a Certificate of Completion of “Artificial Intelligence in Finance”.
Temasek Polytechnic – Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence
Newly launched in 2021, you will learn how to develop chatbots, use machine learning and deep learning algorithms, and more in this course. You will also get to hone your skills in the TP-Nvidia AI Technology Centre, which is currently the only centre of its kind to be set up in a Polytechnic.
Programme Duration: Three years, full-time
Curriculum: Study modules like Cloud Technologies, Deep Learning and Object Recognition, Computational Thinking, AI Essentials, as well as Database Application Development
Course Fees: SGD 2,987.50 for Singaporeans <40, SGD 6,117.50 for Permanent Residents, and SGD 11,150.70 for international students
Prospects: Potential roles for course graduates include AI or machine learning engineers, application developers and data analysts.
SIM General Education – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)
This degree is fully taught and awarded by the University of London, UK. It will be fully taught by the university’s faculty via Coursera’s online education platform, with SIM GE lecturers serving as learning facilitators. Students will be take specialist modules in their final year and get to explore directions they have developed an interest in through specialist elective modules such as Games Development and Virtual Reality.
Programme Duration: Three years, full-time
Accreditation: SIM General Education is EduTrust certified.
Curriculum: Study modules such as Discrete mathematics, Agile software projects, Software design and development, as well as specialist modules such as Natural language processing and Virtual reality
Course Fees: SGD 40,080 (approximate)
Prospects: Potential roles for graduates include Machine Learning Engineer and Systems Analyst.
Republic Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence
This diploma is offered as both a specialist diploma and a Work-Study Post-Diploma. It covers both AI theory and practicum, such as the application of recommender systems and how to use tools like Raspberry Pi.
Programme Duration: 270 hours (approximately one year)
Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence, made up of the Math for Machine Learning, Introduction to Programming, Introduction to Data Management for Machine Learning and the Machine Learning Fundamentals modules. The second is the PDC in Artificial Intelligence, made up of the Pattern Recognition & Anomaly Detection, Recommender Systems, Virtual Assistants and Capstone Project modules.
Course Fees: SGD 1,213.38 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 808.92 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 3,264.57 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 835.38. This course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.
Prospects: According to Republic Polytechnic, career opportunities for course graduates include the AI Engineer, Application Developer and Machine Learning Engineer roles.
Nanyang Technological University – Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence
NTU’s Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence covers both theory and practical to help students learn how to use AI to solve real-world problems. Students will be grounded in the foundations of AI knowledge before they get the chance to explore topics such as urban computing or multi-agent systems. The programme also offers opportunities to work with AI faculty members in the School of Computer Science and Engineering for research or industrial-related projects.
Programme Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time
Curriculum: Study four core modules (Introduction to AI and AI Ethics, Machine Learning: Methodologies and Applications, Deep Learning and Applications, and Mathematics for AI) and your choice of six electives (with an AI Master Project as an option)
Course Fees: SGD 39,000 for Singaporeans, SGD 46,500 for Permanent Residents, and SGD 58,000 for international students
Prospects: Graduates can go into research or explore positions in various industries such as fintech and manufacturing.
Nanyang Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence
Nanyang Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Applied Artificial Intelligence will cover AI concepts and practical AI skills, with the goal of producing graduates who are able to solve real-world problems.
Programme Duration: 19 weeks long (6:30-9:30pm, three times weekly)
Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in AI Foundation and Machine Learning, made up of the Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Data Science Foundation, Essentials of Machine Learning, Machine Learning Algorithms and a Machine Learning Project. The second is the PDC in Deep learning and AI Applications, made up of Foundations of Deep Learning, Deep Learning Networks, AI Application with Deep Learning, Application Development using AI services and a Deep Learning Project.
Course Fees: SGD 1,093.00 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 728.70 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 2,914.70 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 752.50 and SGD 871.70 respectively. The full course fee is SGD 7,286.70.
Prospects: Course takers will be presented with a Specialist Diploma qualification upon successful completion of the course.
Singapore Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Artificial Intelligence)
According to the course page, this specialist diploma caters to working adults and will teach course takers how to “apply machine-learning algorithms to design and develop intelligent software applications and cognitive products”. It will teach foundational training in data science, before going into specialised skill sets in the areas of Applied Machine Learning and AI Interfaces.
Programme Duration: One year, part-time (evenings)
Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in Fundamentals of Data Science, made up of the Introduction to Statistics for Data Science and the Introduction to Programming for Data Science modules. The second is the PDC in Artificial Intelligence, made up of the Applied Machine Learning and AI Human Interface modules.
Course Fees: SGD 983.70 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 655.80 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 2,623.21 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 677.25 and SGD 784.51 respectively. The full course fee is SGD 6,558.03. This course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.
Prospects: Course takers will be presented with a Specialist Diploma qualification upon successful completion of the course, and will also be eligible for credit exemptions on SUTD’s ModularMasters in Data Science programme.
Temasek Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in AI Solutions Development
This diploma caters to fresh graduates and working professionals with a Polytechnic diploma in a technology-related field. You will be assessed via class participation, class tests, assignments and projects.
Programme Duration: One year, part-time, twice-weekly (7-10pm)
Curriculum: The course comprises two PDCs. The first is the PDC in Machine Learning in AI, made up of the Principles of Machine Learning and the Machine Learning Solutions Development modules. The second is the PDC in Deep Learning AI, made up of the Principles of Deep Learning and Deep Learning Solutions Development modules. This course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.
Course Fees: SGD 436.56 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 295.32 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 1,168.44 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 304.56. The full course fee is SGD 2,914.68.
Prospects: Entry-level positions such as Application Developers
Any of these courses meet your needs? We hope one does and wish you a fulfilling time exploring the world of AI!