University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
Computer Science
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BSc Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

This course is designed to offer both a general understanding of computer science as well as specialist skills in artificial intelligence and, through its optional module choice, also offers you the opportunity to study computer science in the context of robotic systems. In addition to fundamental computer science classes and laboratories, the course covers topics including expert systems, intelligent agents, the history and philosophy of artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, neural networks, heuristic optimisation and other intelligent systems. If you choose introductory and advanced robotic options, you will be able to experiment with mobile robots in both group and individual projects.

You will spend the first two years of your programme at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and the following two years at The University of Nottingham, UK.

At the end of your course, you will graduate with general knowledge of computers and computer science and specialised knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of artificial intelligence. You will have acquired the skills to develop new methodologies and novel computational techniques for the creation of human-like intelligence. You will understand a variety of approaches and have the techniques and tools needed to solve the different types of problems encountered in computer science in general, and in artificial intelligence in particular.

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

For domestic students the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

Year one (preliminary year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

The first year consists of a specially-designed intensive academic English programme to prepare students for their studies.

Year two (qualifying year)

You will be introduced to the key concepts and tools underpinning modern computer science with artificial intelligence, and robotics if choosing this optional pathway. You will learn how to program in Java, study the architecture and applications of computer systems and will be introduced to the areas of artificial intelligence that you will focus on in later years. You will also select one module from a list of options including robotics, software systems and web programming and scripting.

Year three (part I)

You will consolidate what you have learnt so far by taking part in a group project accompanied by a course of lectures. At the same time, you will study artificial intelligence and programming in greater depth and focus on other core computing topics. In addition, you will choose one optional module from a wide range of topics including robotics.

Year four (part II)

In your final year, whilst selecting the majority of your modules from an extensive list of options, you will undertake modules in designing intelligent agents, knowledge representation and reasoning, and systems and real-time programming. The other compulsory module this year is the individual project, which has a major artificial intelligence focus. If a chosen option is robotics, you will learn how to create autonomous mobile robots that exhibit useful and interesting behaviours. You agree a project in discussion with your supervisor and may select a topic from a list proposed by a member of staff or propose an idea of your own.


Compulsory modules

You must take all modules in this group:

Title CreditsTaught
Computer Systems Architecture  10  Autumn
Database Systems 10 Spring
Introduction to Functional Programming 10 Spring
Introduction to Programming 20 Autumn
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 10 Spring
Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science 20 Autumn
Introduction to Software Engineering and Object-Oriented Programming 20



Optional modules

Here are some examples of optional modules you can take during your course:

Title CreditsTaught
Business and Society in Contemporary Europe 10  Autumn
People and Organisations 10 Spring
Studying Organisations 10 Autumn
The Digital Economy 10 Spring
Web Programming and Scripting 10 Autumn
Introduction to Modelling and Optimisation 10 Spring

Careers and further study

Of the 22 undergraduates who graduated from the department in 2014 and continued onto postgraduate studies, 91% were admitted by world top 100 universities according to the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings. Our graduates have gone on to work at major technology companies, such as Adobe, IBM and Microsoft, and are involved in creating the latest hardware and software products.

Contact us

For further information please contact our Recruitment and Admission Office

How to apply

International applications can be made by email, direct to the University. Download our application form.

Tuition fee

Fees are 80,000 CNY for domestic and international applicants.


A number of partial scholarships are on offer for academically talented international students. Take a look at our scholarships schemes.

Entry requirements

International students can view our country information for specific entry requirements. If your country is not listed, please feel free to contact us.

Chinese students can review our domestic admissions pages.

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