The European MSc in Artificial Intelligence (MUIA) is organised and conducted by the Department of Artificial Intelligence (DIA) and is part of the post-graduate offerings from the School of Computer Science of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

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The MUIA started in the 2010/11 academic course and came from the process of adaptation to the European Higher Education Area of the MSc in Artificial Intelligence Research.

In order to obtain the MUIA degree, the student shall successfully complete 60 ECTS credits: 35 of which are awarded to optional semester subjects, 10 credits awarded to seminars, and 15 credits awarded to the Master's Final Project.

The modules and seminars in the curriculum are organised in a total of eight modules, corresponding to the different disciplines within Artificial Intelligence (Decision Analysis, Data Mining, Natural Computing, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Cognitive Robotics and Perception).

The number of places available for new students is 60 (Academic course 2020-21). The degree suits two different student profiles: those students interested in specialising in one or more specific disciplines of Artificial Intelligence, who will tend to take courses and seminars on subjects of their interest; and those students seeking a broader perspective, in other words, those who want to obtain an extensive knowledge of Artificial Intelligence.


The official languages of the MSc are Spanish and English.

Although the UMAI is a presence master, the second semester, during which students are expected to attend seminars and develop and defend their master’s final project, can be completed as distance learning via videoconferencing.

The MUIA consists of a training period associated with the PhD Programme in Artificial Intelligence, awarded a "Mención hacia la Excelencia" (Qualify Certificate) from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science during the academic years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

The total cost of the UMAI degree (reference price for the academic year 2020/21) is 2.734,85 Euros, which includes the 60 ECTS credits (45.02 € per credit), and 176.27 € corresponding to the degree certificate and the European supplement to the degree. The price per ECTS for non-EU students is 84,07€, as established by the UPM from the academic year 2016/17.

Research in the  Departament of Artificial inteligence

The Department of Artificial Intelligence (DIA) belongs to the School of Computer Science (the best School of Computer Science in Spain for the seventh consecutive year according to the newspaper ranking "El Mundo"), of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, the best University for second consecutive year according to the same ranking, and among the most prestigious schools of management in the world according to the classification detailed by MINES Paris Tech). The School of Computer Science has different rooms equipped with computers and multimedia facilities, study lounges and libray services.

The DIA is notable at national level for its productivity and research quality.  The DIA participate in research projects financed by EU funds (ACTION Grid, ACGT, IST, Movility DRIVE, HCM/TMR, etc.), national funds (INEM, CAM, CYCIT, DGICYT, ISCIII), and other Spanish organisations and companies. The coordination and participation in other research projects in the EC Framework Programmes VI and VII (OntoGrid, SemSoGrid4Env, etc.) and the collaboration with companies through the CENIT (España Virtual, Mio!) and AVANZA (Tratamiento 2.0) programmes deserves a special mention.

According to the study elaborated in 2009 by the Instituto de Estudios Documentales sobre Ciencia y Tecnología (IEDCYT), the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS) y el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) entitled Science Production Indicators in the Community of Madrid during the period 2004-2008, the DIA is mentioned as the UPM Department with the highest number of scientific publications with high impact during that period.

 The DIA hosts 12 research groups, focused on the following areas:

  • Bayesian Networks
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical InformaticsSystems Biology
  • Biomolecular Computing and Synthetic Biology
  • Computer Vision and Robotics
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Data MiningSemantic Grid
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Group Decision-Making
  • High Level Languages and Parallel Processing
  • Human-Machine Interaction
  • Information Retrieval
  • Internet of Future
  • Knowledge Engineering 
  • Language Engineering
  • Logic Models
  • Logic Programming and Constraint Logic Programming
  • Machine Learning
  • Models of Choice under Bounded Rationality
  • Models of Rationality
  • Multi-Attribute Utility Theory
  • Nanoinformatics
  • Neural Networks
  • Neuroscience
  • Ontology Engineering
  • Semantic Web

Currently, more than 50 students collaborate in these research groups through official grants.

Several of the Department's academic staff collaborated with the Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados del Software (IMDEA Software), whose focal points are research on software excellence at the “pre-competitive” level, knowledge transfer of such research, and education and training.