BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

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Key information

Degree

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

Types of study

Full time

Duration

Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2021

Faculty

Computer Science / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2, 4+0

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year. The preliminary year enables you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email international@nottingham.edu.cn.

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese prospectus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution), you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for four-year programme.

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “admission” is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. If your parents or guardians provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

This course is designed to offer both a general understanding of computer science as well as specialist skills in artificial intelligence. Through its optional module choice, this course also provides you with the opportunity to study computer science in the context of robotic systems.

In addition to fundamental computer science classes and laboratories, this 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.

Special features

  • The school of Computer Science is ranked 8th in the UK for research quality.
  • Our courses are taught by academic staff carrying out world-class research, whose interests cover all aspects of computer science.
  • We provide high-quality teaching and a well-equipped and supportive learning environment.
  • You will develop self and group-management skills through the course works, which will be invaluable in the workplace.
  • You will have the opportunity to spend the last two years of your study at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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. It 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. It is based on a three-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

Accreditations

Our BSc Computer Science degree course has been accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), and an exemption is granted from parts one and two of the BCS examination.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to spend a period studying abroad through a university-wide programme. There are also opportunities to study at our UK or Malaysia campus through the inter-campus exchange programme.

University-wide programme

The University of Nottingham is a member of the Universitas 21 (U21) consortium - an international network of research-intensive universities. During your studies here, you can apply to spend a semester studying at one of the partners in U21 or many other institutions.

Inter-campus exchange programme

There are exchange opportunities between the China, UK and Malaysia campuses as well.

Year 1 modules

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The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.

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

Year 2 modules

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You will be introduced to the fundamental 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.

Mathematics for Computer Scientists  Software Engineering Computer Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence Programming and Algorithms Programming Paradigms
Systems and Architecture Databases and Interfaces  

Year 3 modules

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You will consolidate what you have learnt so far by taking part in a group project accompanied by a series 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.

Compulsory - Students must take all modules in this group.

Operating Systems & Concurrency  Software Engineering Group Project Algorithms Correctness and Efficiency
Software Maintenance Languages and Computation Artificial Intelligence Methods 

Restricted - Students must take a maximum of 10 credits from this group.

Human Computer Interaction C++ Programming Introduction to Image Processing

Additional Course Choice: Additional course choice should be minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group. Part I students can take Part II modules, however, we would only recommend this for students with a first year average over 60%.

Year 4 modules

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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 to a project in discussion with your supervisor and may select a topic from a list proposed by a member of staff or suggest an idea of your own.

Compulsory - Students must take all modules in this group.

Professional Ethics in Computing Computer Security  

Restricted - Group 1 Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 credits from this group.

Computer Vision    

Restricted - Group 2 Students must take 20 credits from this group.

Machine Learning    

Restricted - Group 3 Student must take a minimum of 50 and a maximum of 60 credits from this group.

Software Quality Assurance  Computer Graphics Individual Dissertation Single Honours
Computability Mobile Device Programming Fundamentals of Information Visualisation

Parallel Computing

   

Restricted - Group 4 Students may also choose from the following full-year Experience modules, subject to prior approval by the school. Student may choose a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 10 credits from this group.

Development Experience Industrial Experience Schools Experience

Careers and further study

Our graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs which require a combination of technical excellence and an international perspective. They have gone on to work at major technology companies, such as Adobe, Google, IBM and Microsoft, and are involved in creating the latest hardware and software products. Many of our graduates have started their own companies and often look for employees among our current students.

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.

Employers

  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Zhongzhi Yonghao Robot Co., Ltd.

Further study

Among the 57 graduates from BSc Hons Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence in 2020, 49 chose to continue their studies. 59.1% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world. 4 graduates were admitted into PhD programmes at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

2021 QS World University Rankings University Number
8 Imperial College London 5
10 University College London 9
13 Nanyang Technological University 1
20 The University of Edinburgh 3
27 The University of Manchester 5
31 King’s College London 2
31 The Australian National University 1
35 New York University 2
46 The University of Queensland 1
  Total 29

 

Fees

Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Historically, nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

Room 222, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. admissions@nottingham.edu.cn
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International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. global@nottingham.edu.cn
T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505
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Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. fose_global@nottingham.edu.cn
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