Stellenbosch University invites applications for the MSc in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in South Africa for the 2022/23 academic year.

The MSc in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence is a one-year structured master’s programme at Stellenbosch University, designed for students with a strong mathematical and computational background. It will equip you with the fundamentals of ML and AI, plus a suite of sophisticated techniques and concepts at the research forefront of these fields.

Worth of Award

A small number of full scholarships are available for students from Africa.



As a minimum requirement for admission, you must have one of the following qualifications by the time of enrollment:

  • an honours degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Mathematical Statistics;
  • a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering;
  • an NQF level 8 qualification deemed equivalent to the above, in a field closely linked to ML and AI.

You should also have existing and demonstrable proficiency in Python or an equivalent programming language, and be comfortable with numerical linear algebra, vector calculus, basic probability theory and statistics.

Though not strictly required, it is highly recommended that you should have already completed an introductory course in machine learning.

How to Apply

To apply for admission into the MSc programme, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the applicant portal on SUNStudent, create a profile if you haven’t already, and log in.
  2. Click on “Programme selection”.
    • Faculty: “Faculty of Science-Stellenbosch”
    • Programme type: “Postgraduate”
    • Programme: “MSc (Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)”, full-time or part-time
  3. Complete the required information from the menus on the left panel.
  4. Under “Upload documents” you will be asked for:
    • a comprehensive CV
    • a letter of motivation
    • a statement of research interest

    The letter of motivation can be short (1 page), on why you want to complete this programme, what you hope to get out of it, and what you might want to do after the programme. The statement of research interest can be a short (1 page) letter on any specific interests you currently have within the fields of ML and AI.

Deadline: Applications for the 2023 intake close on October 31, 2022.


Click here for more details and to apply