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Postgraduate Study

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Ethics of AI, Data and Algorithms is no longer accepting new applications.

The programme aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to contribute critically and constructively to cross-disciplinary research on AI, data and algorithms and their ethical and societal implications. It introduces students from diverse backgrounds to relevant research skills and specialist knowledge from a range of academic disciplines, and provides them with the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision by domain experts at the University.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the course, students will have acquired:

  • A deeper knowledge of the history, philosophy and theory of AI, data and algorithms
  • an understanding of the capabilities of current and future digital technologies and their relation to wider society
  • a critical perspective on the ethical challenges that arise from applications of AI, data and algorithms and how these sit within and interact with wider society
  • the conceptual understanding and analytic tools to evaluate and contribute to research on the nature, impacts and governance of AI, data and algorithms

Skills and other attributes

Graduates of the course will be able to:

Synthesise and analyse research and advanced scholarship across disciplines
Put theoretical and academic knowledge into practice
Present their own ideas in a public forum and contribute constructively within an international and cross-disciplinary environment


Students admitted for the MPhil can apply to continue as PhD students with a relevant Faculty.  For details of the process for applying to do a PhD, and the standard required, students should consult the Faculty in question.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.



This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

9 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
March 26, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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