18 AI courses to help you learn the new skill of the century

AI is no longer a buzzword or trend; quite evidently, it has firmly established its presence across multiple industries and is here to stay. Recently, the Singapore Government announced an update of the National AI Strategy 2.0[i], which includes increasing the AI practitioner pool to 15,000 strong, developing targeted AI training programmes and promoting AI adoption.

If you want to pick up some AI skills in light of this, you’re in luck! There are many avenues in Singapore for you to do so, with plenty of courses to pursue. And right here already are some that may be of interest!

All course fees are for 2023/24 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!

[i] National AI Strategy 2.0

Degree

1. SIM General Education – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)

This degree is awarded by the University of London, UK. Students can transfer to the London campus at Goldsmiths after one or two years at SIM. 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. SIM IT diploma and selected local polytechnic graduates may be exempted for up to one year.

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 27,400 to S$42,500 (approximate)

Prospects: Potential roles for graduates include Machine Learning Engineer and Systems Analyst

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2. Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)Bachelor of Science with Honours in Applied Artificial Intelligence

The programme teaches you how to make AI systems and software that uses AI. It covers software engineering, machine learning and professional skills. As part of coursework, students will undergo an an eight-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) on top of the capstone/final year project.

Programme duration: Three years, full-time

Curriculum: Study modules like Artificial Intelligence in Business and Society, Embedded Systems Programming, Computer Vision and Deep Learning, as well as Natural Language Processing

Course fees: SGD 22,500 for Singaporeans, SGD 47,160 for Permanent Residents, and SGD 64,170 for international students

Prospects: Potential roles for course graduates include AI Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, Data Engineer (Machine Learning Specialist as well as AI Application Engineer

3. Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)Bachelor of Science (Honours) Artificial Intelligence

Awarded by Teesside University, the programme covers theoretical and practical knowledge and in computer science as well as artificial intelligence. Students will be exposed to machine learning, intelligent support systems, hybrid algorithm design and more.

Programme duration: 32 months full-time, 36 months part-time. You may be able to matriculate directly into Year 2 or Year 3 depending on your previous qualifications. 

Curriculum: Study modules like Relational and NoSQL Databases, Agent Based Systems, Algorithms and Data Structures, as well as Internet of Things

Course fees: SGD 69,660 for Singaporeans, SGD 74,520 for international students (Full fees). Amount does not include miscellaneous fees. 

Diploma

1. Singapore Polytechnic – Diploma in Applied AI and Analytics 

This is the first diploma level AI and analytics course, and here's what you can expect if you choose to study this diploma:

  • Multiple learning pathways: you have the option of choosing the Industry Now Curriculum (where you'll begin working on real client industry projects from Year Two in lieu of classes), a year-long internship instead of the standard 22-week internship, or the university pathway where you can take  modules taught by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) or Singapore Management University (SMU) and complete your degree with either university earlier.

Programme Duration:  3 years full-time

Curriculum: Study modules such as AI and Its Impact, AI & Machine Learning, Mathematics for AI, 
DevOps & Automation for AI, as well as Persuasive Communication with Data Storytelling

Course Fees: SGD 3,076.19 for Singaporeans <40, SGD 6,306.57 for Permanent Residents, SGD 12,031.65 for International Students


Prospects: Data Analyst, Application Developer, Associate AI DevOps Engineer, Business Intelligence Specialist and more

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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 3,086.50 for Singaporeans <40, SGD 6,317.10 for Permanent Residents, and SGD 12,042.20 for international students

Prospects: Potential roles for course graduates include AI or machine learning engineers, application developers and data analysts.

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Short Courses

1. Singapore Management University – Advanced Certificate in Sustainable AI for Business

This basic-level course caters to business leaders, executives,  and AI technical specialists. It covers Sustainable AI strategy, from AI uses cases to potential risks. 

Programme Duration: 12 days (9am-5pm)

Curriculum: The certificate programme comprises six modules: they are AI Introduction, AI Transformation, AI Use Cases in Business, AI Innovation, AI Governance and AI Future.

Course Fees: SGD 3,888 for Singaporeans aged 40 and below. Fees can go as low as SGD1,488.00 after maximum funding. The full fee for the course is SGD 12,960.00, and it is SkillsFuture credit claimable.

Prospects: You will receive Certificates of Participation upon successful completion of the course.

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2. 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

Prospects: NA

3. 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 111.60-972.00 (full fee)

Prospects: You will complete the course with a Certificate of Completion of “Artificial Intelligence in Finance”.

4. AI Singapore – AI for Everyone (AI4E)® courses

AI Singapore is a national research and innovation programme launched by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It offers AI training and learning courses for everyone interested in developing AI literacy and capabilities. Professionals can benefit from various free courses and Corporate Memberships for organisations, while students can participate in the Student Outreach Programme that offers opportunities to acquire course certifications and a paid internship opportunity with the organisation.

Programme Duration:
 Dependent on chosen course

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: Dependent on chosen course

Course Fees: Free, but premium courses are available. You must purchase a Premium membership (annual).

Prospects: AI enthusiasts can consider applying for the AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP®)

5. Singapore Management University – 5-Day AI Bootcamp

An intermediate-level course catering to professionals looking to pick up applied deep learning techniques, this bootcamp helps you grasp the fundamentals of AI and machine learning. SMU Academy (SMU’s professional training arm) has partnered with WeCloudData, Canada’s leading data and AI training company, to offer this course, and course will be awarded a digital Certificate of Completion.

Programme Duration: 5 days (9am–5pm on weekdays)

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Active Learning, Natural Language Processing

Course Fees: SGD5400.00 (as low as SGD620.00 after relevant funding or subsidies). This course is SkillsFuture Credit claimable.

Graduate/Postgraduate

1. 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 $1,122.66 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 748.44 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 3,045.60 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 776.16 and SGD 930.60 respectively. The full course fee is SGD 7,479.30.

Prospects: Course takers will be presented with a Specialist Diploma qualification upon successful completion of the course.

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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 (old): 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

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 1001.04 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 667.36 for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 2,741.04 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 689.19 and SGD 837.54 respectively. The full course fee is SGD 6,852.60. 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.

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. It involves blended learning; participants will take classes  weekly either 1) 3 times on weekday evenings, or 2) 2 times on weekday evenings and once on Saturday morning. 

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 Programming for Artificial Intelligence, Data Management and Ethics
,  Deep Learning Fundamentals, and Machine Learning Fundamentals modules. The second is the PDC in Technologies of Artificial Intelligence, made up of the Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing and Capstone Project modules.

Course Fees: SGD 898.80 for Singaporeans < 40, SGD 590.64  for Singaporeans ≥ 40 and above, and SGD 2,436.48 for Permanent Residents. SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents will have to pay SGD 610.80 and SGD 756.48 respectively. 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.

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Applied Artificial Intelligence is suitable for individuals exploring the implementation of AI within software systems. It provides students with knowledge in Core-Software Engineering, Core-Machine Learning and Professional Skills.

Programme Duration: 3 years full-time

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: Study modules such as Web Systems and Technologies, Artificial Intelligence in Business and Society, Computer Vision and Deep Learning as well as Database Systems. There will also be an eight-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) and a capstone project.

Course Fees: SGD 22,500.00 for Singaporeans,  SGD 47,160.00 for Permanent Residents, SGD 64,170.00 for International Students and SGD 97,784.00 for others

Prospects: Explore careers as an AI Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, Data Engineer (Machine Learning Specialist) or AI Application Engineer

Jointly run by the NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering and the NTU School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is a direct honours programme that allows students to develop solutions for different areas, ranging from science and technology to environmental sustainability.

NTU ranked sixth globally for Computer Science in the 2022-2023 US News and World Report’s Best Global Universities, and is the top university for AI research and citation impact. NTU was part of the team that launched the TR 99:2021 AI Security standard in 2021.

Programme Duration: 4 years full-time

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: Study modules revolving around machine learning, data analysis and mining, discrete mathematics, software engineering,  Algorithm Design and Analysis, and more

Course Fees: SGD 24,750.00 for Singaporeans,  SGD 34,650 for Permanent Residents, SGD 53,400.00 for International Students and SGD 99,150 for others

7. Aventis Graduate SchoolMaster of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Awarded by London Metropolitan University, the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is a fully online programme. Classes are held on the weekends, with each module lasting two consecutive full weekends from 9:30am–5:30pm.

The programme caters to C-level executives, with coursework consisting of written reports, practical and research assignments, demonstrations, presentations, group work, and examinations.

Programme Duration: 12 months part-time

Accreditation: Aventis Graduate School is EduTrust Certified, and is also a member of the  Executive MBA Council as well as the AACSB International Business Education Alliance.  

Curriculum: Study 6 modules in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things, Data Warehousing and Big Data, Information Security, Machine Learning, and Semantic Technologies. There will be an academic dissertation component.

Course Fees (2022/23): SGD 24,800 (pre-GST)

Prospects: Aventis has an industry partnership with SGInnovate

8. Nanyang Technological UniversityMaster of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI)

This is a Master of Science by coursework. Students will be taught by faculty from NTU

School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE), and other disciplines, on how to use AI theory techniques and tools to solve real world problems. There will be hands-on projects to help you reinforce your learning, and chances to work with AI faculty members for research or industrial related projects.

To enrol, you will require a degree-level qualification in computer science, computer engineering or a related discipline.

Programme Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Accreditation: NA

Curriculum: Core courses such as Deep Learning and Applications and Mathematics for AI, elective courses such as AI for IOT Data and AI for Image and Video Processing

Course Fees: SGD 39,420 for Singaporeans, SGD 46,980 for Permanent Residents and SGD 58,644 for International students. NTU alumni will enjoy a one-time grant giving them 10% off tuition fees.

Prospects: Graduates can explore careers as Machine Learning Engineers, Data Scientists, Business Intelligence Developers and more

 

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