7 Best Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Courses to further your Career

Disclaimer: This is an updated version of a blog originally published on April 19th 2018. Updated on January 3rd 2019.

If the past year was when blockchain permeated public consciousness then 2019 is primed to become the year when Artificial Intelligence takes centre stage. If you’re wondering how you can enter the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning then you’re not alone, as many professionals are wondering how to enhance their their respective industry prospects, including those looking to boost their Fintech careers. In this article, we’ve highlighted the best artificial intelligence and machine learning courses that can help you develop a deeper understanding of the subject and develop your future career.

The fact is, artificial intelligence is transforming every industry from healthcare to entertainment and of course financial services. Innovation in AI is promising a new era of economic growth and in response, the pace of development is accelerating:

In the midst of such upheaval in policy and macroeconomic trends, The artificial intelligence and machine learning courses outlined below will help you understand the potential of artificial intelligence. The courses explore key areas in machine learning such as artificial neural networks, data analysis, deep learning, python and much more. And the beautiful thing about the courses that we’ve highlighted is that they’re suited for all levels. Whether you just looking for a basic introduction or want to gain an expert level understanding, there’s something for everyone.

Best AI and Machine Learning Courses for 2019

Stanford University, Coursera –  Machine Learning Courses

Summary: This 11-week program from Andrew Ng, the co-founder of Coursera, co-founder of Google Brain and former Chief Scientist at Baidu, is one of the most popular online courses for understanding AI and machine learning. The course covers a variety of core concepts such as supervised and unsupervised learning and data mining. The material is learned through a mixture of text-based reading and videos lectures that help to break up study patterns.

USP: Flexible coursework which means if learner misses the deadline they can switch to another session.

Level: Introductory

Cost: Free

Certification: £60 for grading/certification

Study Method: Online

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CFTE’s online AI in Finance course 

Summary: AI in Finance is an online course developed by CFTE and Ngee Ann Polytechnic for professionals to understand the applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in finance in financial services. The course follows a similar format to CFTE’s Fintech Foundation Course.

Over the course of 18 modules and 4 chapters, over 20+ finance and technology thought leaders and industry insiders will discuss key artificial intelligence topics such as Natural Language Processing (NLP), data science, recommendation engines, artificial neural networks (ANN) and more. It’s a knowledge-based course so it’s a perfect platform for those starting their journey to understanding AI, particularly in finance.

USP:  Learners can join an online community to connect with professionals to continue their learning journey and build the connections that can help to further their career. 

Level: Beginner

Cost: £499

Certification: Course Completion Certification

Study Method: Online

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Udacity Machine Learning Nanodegree

Summary: A six-month program that aims to help you “master the skills necessary to become a successful Machine Learning Engineer”. It’s definitely one of the more career-focused programs that we’ve listed and like the Stanford course, it covers the core principles and also dives deeper into the realm of predictive modelling. It’s beginner focused but expect a vigorous test.

USP: Career-focused course with the final 2 projects of 9 contributing heavily to CV and Job readiness.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Cost: £799

Certification: N/A

Study Method: Online

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International Faculty of Finance, IFF – Artificial Intelligence in Banking Training Course

Summary: A two-day training programme which covers Artificial Intelligence in banking by examining current leading practices across the global industry. It offers an in-depth look into the best available practices and how they can be applied in any organisation.

USP: Course offers detailed insight into how AI can best suit your burgeoning business through 10 rigorous levels.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Cost: £2398.80 (including VAT)

Certification: Completionists with receive CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification.

Study Method: Practical sessions and in-person discussions, to be held in April & September 2019.

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Columbia University, edX – Artificial Intelligence MicroMasters

Summary: Another Ivy League School, Columbia University, brings their course to Edx, a global online learning platform. A 12 week course with an 8-10 hours a week recommended study time. The course will give learners a solid understanding of the principles in AI technology, with broad applications of AI in the fields of robotics, vision and physical simulation.

USP: Recognised by industry leaders such as IBM, GE, Adobe, PWC to name a few.

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Cost: £99 for certification (or study for free)

Certification: Can be transferred into credits for the Master of Computer Science program at Columbia University

Study Method: Online

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MIT – Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy 

Summary: MIT once again partners with e-learning platform GetSmarter to address the growing demand among business professionals to get an understanding of what exactly AI is and how it will impact business. The course is practically focused and follows a similar pattern to the MIT Fintech Certificate in which learners were first given an introduction to the subject and then given a capstone project to apply their understanding. 

In fact, here’s some feedback from one of CFTE’s alumni who has completed the course: “comprehensive with plenty of videos, readings, discussion forums and assignments”. 

USP: Strategic in focus versus theoretical 

Level: Intermediate 

Cost: Introductory price of $2,800 USD

Certification: MIT Certification of Completion 

Study Method: Online

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Open Badge Programme, IBM Skills Gateway

Summary: Learners on the Open Badge Programme have access to a variety of artificial intelligence and machine learning short courses (or badges) that have been designed to help you understand the basics of AI and machine learning. As it’s IBM, the courses pivots towards familiarising learners with their ecosystem of AI products such as IBM Watson and IBM Cloud.

Note: Courses are aimed at enterprise developers with an academic background in computer science.

USP: IBM badges are more focused on the business application of AI on an enterprise level

Level: 3 levels – Explorer, Instructor and Author

Cost: Introductory price $2000 USD

Certification: IBM Badge

Study Method: Online

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Bonus: Data Science, Deep Learning, & Machine Learning with Python, Udemy

Summary: Of all the courses mentioned on the list, this one is probably best suited for beginners. It’s a self-paced course that focuses on using a lot of video content to deliver the teaching material – 80 lectures spanning 12 hours of video. It covers all the AI and Machine Learning concepts and provides a great platform to dive deeper.

USP: Jargon-free and built for a complete beginner

Level: Beginner

Cost: £11.99

Certification: Course Completion Certification

Study Method: Online

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