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BSc Artificial Intelligence

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades A*AA including mathematics.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
38 points overall, with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects, including Mathematics.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
The School of Computer Science receives in the region of 2000 applications per year for 225 places across our undergraduate degree courses.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
G700
UCAS institution code
M20

Course description

One of the challenges in computing is to make computers demonstrate intelligent behaviour, so that they can solve new problems or cope with the unknown. Current achievements include image and voice recognition, and NASA's Mars Rovers. By combining the study of artificial intelligence and traditional computing techniques with an understanding from psychology of how humans learn, these degree programmes prepare you for a career applying computing in challenging applications.

Artificial intelligence related topics covered include techniques for representing and reasoning about knowledge, including approaches in machine learning in which general patterns are learned from examples. These programmes give you the opportunity to study these techniques, and their application in areas such as computer vision, games, natural language processing and the semantic web.

Detailed programme and course unit information is available here

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be announced once confirmed by the UK government. As a guide, the 2017 tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2018 entry. Tuition fees for international students will be £22,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

All new UK/EU (home tuition fee) students, applying for first year entry, who achieve an A*A*A (including A* in mathematics) or equivalent will be awarded the Kilburn Entry Scholarship worth £1,000.

Well qualified international students will be considered for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships. For further details please see EPS International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships .

Contact details

Academic department
School of Computer Science
Contact name
Sophia Lewis-Martyr
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 6124
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 6204
Email
Website
http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/
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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades A*AA including mathematics.  This should include Mathematics with a significant pure element (the Use of Mathematics or Core Mathematics does not satisfy this requirement).  General Studies is welcome, but is not normally included as part of the standard offer.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Five academic subjects at grades A and B, or grades 6 and 7 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England, including

  • Mathematics (please note we do not accept Applied GCSE Mathematics courses e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy)
  • Two science subjects from Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Science and Additional Science.

International Baccalaureate

38 points overall, with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects, including Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades H1 in five higher level academic subjects, including Grades H1 in higher level mathematics and applied mathematics.

Scottish requirements

AAAAB-AAABB, including grade A in Higher Mathematics and a scientific bias to other subjects studied. The Highers must be taken in one sitting. Minimum of five grade 1s and 2s in academic subjects at Intermediate 2 including English, Mathematics and a Physical Science.

We normally require grade A in Highers Mathematics and grades AAAB in four further Highers subjects with a scientific bias.  The Highers must be taken in one sitting. 

Or:

Three Advanced Highers at grades ABB, including Advanced Highers Mathematics.  Two Highers in different subjects can replace one of the other two Advanced Higher subjects.

English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade 3). If a physical science has not been taken at Higher/Advanced Higher we require TWO science subjects at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grades AB / Intermediate 2 grades AB / Standard Grade Credit level)

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and this can be used in combination with two A level subjects including mathematics.  Our A level entry requirements are grades A*AA including mathematics and the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate can be used to replace one of the other two A levels. 

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% including a minimum of 85% in mathematics studied for at least 5 periods per week and assessed by a final written examination.  A scientific bias to the specialist subjects studied.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the AQA Baccalaureate, but offers will be conditional on the A level subjects within the qualification rather than the overall Baccalaureate award.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Detailed information on our international entry criteria is available on the  School of Computer Science Website   

For general requirements not listed above see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DDM in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or with alternative grades DDD in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or an alternative of grades D*D in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade M plus two A levels at grades A*A including Mathematics or an alternative of grade D in combination with grades AA at A level including Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two GCE A levels including Mathematics.  Our A level entry requirements are grades A*AA including mathematics and the full National Extended Certificate can be used to replace one of the other two A levels.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DDM in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or with alternative grades DDD in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in IT or Engineering with grades DD in combination with a grade A* in A level Mathematics or an alternative of grades D*D in combination with a grade A in A level mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma with grades MM plus two A levels at grades A*A including Mathematics or an alternative of grades DM in combination with grades AA at A level including Mathematics.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry in any subject provided it is in combination with two A levels including Mathematics.   Our A level entry requirements are grades A*AA including mathematics and the full Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate can be used to replace one of the other two A levels. 

Access to HE Diploma

Applications are considered on an individual basis, e.g. additional educational achievements, life experience and skills. Please contact the University for further information.  Our standard academic requirements include 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 40 credits should be with a Distinction grade (15 of which must be in mathematics), plus 15 credits with a Merit grade in a science-related subject.  Students are also required to have a grade A in A-level mathematics with a pure element.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects, including Mathematics, is taken.

Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving grade D1-D3 in three Principal Subjects including mathematics.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

English language

GCSE English grade C, or grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England, IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in individual components, TOEFL 100 ibt with no less than 23 in individual components.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Factors contributing to a successful application include:
  • past academic performance;
  • predicted academic performance;
  • enthusiasm for, and realistic grasp of, chosen degree programme;
  • evidence of interpersonal skills and non-academic interests/achievements.

How your application is considered

The basis of our offer made will be a combination of information supplied on the UCAS form, your predicted academic performance and performance at interview (where applicable).

Interview requirements

All promising applicants who are resident in the UK/EU and who apply before 15th January will be invited to attend an interview.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

One of the challenges in computing is to make computers demonstrate intelligent behaviour, so that they can solve new problems or cope with the unknown. Current achievements include image and voice recognition, and NASA's Mars Rovers. By combining the study of artificial intelligence and traditional computing techniques with an understanding from psychology of how humans learn, these degree programmes prepare you for a career applying computing in challenging applications.

Artificial intelligence related topics covered include techniques for representing and reasoning about knowledge, including approaches in machine learning in which general patterns are learned from examples. These programmes give you the opportunity to study these techniques, and their application in areas such as computer vision, games, natural language processing and the semantic web.

Detailed programme and course unit information is available here

Special features

  • Allows you to design and develop all aspects of artificial intelligence systems.
  • All topics are taught by experts in their field.
  •  Students can make course unit choices that allow them to change between the Computer Science, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Computing programmes at the end of the first year.
  • Course units and themes of relevance to Artificial Intelligence include:
    • Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence.
    • Artificial Intelligence Programming.
    • Machine Learning and Games.
    • Natural Language, Representation and Reasoning.
    • Visual Computing.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester we aim to provide a unique experience. Studying Computer Science with us will give you the chance to follow your academic curiosity and explore a fascinating subject.

A significant amount of your work will be project-based team work, tackling real problems. You will see how computer science is directly applicable to solving problems, across a broad range of areas.

The emphasis throughout is on independent learning, supported by regular meetings in small groups with personal tutors. You receive practical help and support from experienced staff and postgraduates, with leading experts guiding your learning and stimulating your interest. This approach is supported by conventional lectures and comprehensive on-line learning resources. We also provide excellent facilities, including specialist laboratories to support areas such as engineering and robotics.

Coursework and assessment

Unseen examinations account for about 60% of the assessment. These assess your abilities in the selection and application of knowledge, problem solving, and the design and evaluation of software or electronics. Other assessment is mainly through laboratory-based coursework that provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of computer science of electronic principles by tackling specific problems on a more realistic scale, both individually and in groups.

The remaining assessment is through presentations and essays where, in particular, you demonstrate the transferable skills you have acquired. In the third and final year, the non-examination assessment is mainly made up of the practical project.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
First Year Team Project COMP10120 20 Mandatory
Mathematical Techniques for Computer Science COMP11120 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computation COMP11212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Engineering COMP12111 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence COMP14112 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Computer Architecture COMP15111 10 Mandatory
Object Oriented Programming with Java 1 COMP16121 20 Mandatory
Object Oriented Programming with Java 2 COMP16212 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Distributed Systems COMP18112 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Databases COMP23111 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 1 COMP23311 10 Mandatory
Software Engineering 2 COMP23412 10 Mandatory
Machine Learning and Optimisation COMP24111 10 Mandatory
Symbolic AI COMP24412 10 Mandatory
Operating Systems COMP25111 10 Mandatory
Algorithms and Imperative Programming COMP26120 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Business Economics BMAN10612 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting B BMAN10621B 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation 1 BMAN20792 10 Optional
Managing Business Operations BMAN20811 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Organisations and Employment BMAN20842 10 Optional
Global Contexts of Business and Management BMAN21012 10 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Logic and Modelling COMP21111 10 Optional
Processor Microarchitecture COMP22111 10 Optional
Microcontrollers COMP22712 10 Optional
System Architecture COMP25212 10 Optional
Computer Graphics and Image Processing COMP27112 10 Optional
Distributed Computing COMP28112 10 Optional
Computer Networks COMP28411 10 Optional
Mobile Systems COMP28512 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20282 10 Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
The Digital Society UCIL25002 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 35 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Third Year Project Laboratory COMP30040 40 Mandatory
Introduction to Corporate Finance and Financial Instruments BMAN20242 10 Optional
Technology, Strategy and Innovation 1 BMAN20792 10 Optional
Managing Business Operations BMAN20811 10 Optional
New Product Development and Innovation BMAN20821 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Organisations and Employment BMAN20842 10 Optional
Global Contexts of Business and Management BMAN21012 10 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Management, Technology & Innovation BMAN30010 20 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Strategy BMAN30022 10 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Optional
Case Studies in Digital Transformation BMAN30202 10 Optional
Project Organizations: Management & Strategy BMAN30982 10 Optional
Investment Economics and Innovation BMAN31212 10 Optional
Consumers and Markets BMAN31752 10 Optional
People Management and Change BMAN31842 10 Optional
Verified Development COMP31111 10 Optional
Implementing System-on-Chip Designs COMP32211 10 Optional
The Internet of Things: Architectures and Applications COMP32412 10 Optional
User Experience COMP33511 10 Optional
Agile Software Engineering COMP33711 10 Optional
Software Evolution COMP33812 10 Optional
AI and Games COMP34120 20 Optional
Natural Language Systems COMP34412 10 Optional
Chip Multiprocessors COMP35112 10 Optional
Advanced Algorithms 1 COMP36111 10 Optional
Advanced Algorithms 2 COMP36212 10 Optional
Compilers COMP36512 10 Optional
Advanced Computer Graphics COMP37111 10 Optional
Computer Vision COMP37212 10 Optional
Documents, Services and Data on the Web COMP38120 20 Optional
Cryptography & Network Security COMP38411 10 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Enterprise Management for Computer Scientists MCEL30031 10 Optional
Managing Finance in Enterprises for Computer Scientists MCEL30032 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20282 10 Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
The Digital Society UCIL25002 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 45 course units for year 3

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances. It is estimated that more than a third of our students will receive bursaries of up to £3,000 per year and many will be offered even more generous support. For further information, please visit the University scholarships and bursaries page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Increasingly, employers are seeking graduates with high-level computing skills, and the ability to apply them in innovative ways to solve the problems facing their organisations. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business and society.

Employers, from large multinational firms such as EA Electronic Arts , IBM and Microsoft to small local organisations, actively target our students, recognising that Manchester Computer Science graduates are equipped with the skills that enable them to excel in a whole host of positions, including many that are not traditionally associated with computing graduates.

Accrediting organisations

British Computer Society (BCS).