BSc/MEng Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2020

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Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Science (Hons)/Master of Engineering
Duration
1 (as part of 4 yr integrated degree programme)
Typical A-level offer

Students are accepted from a range of academic backgrounds. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

Students are accepted from a range of academic backgrounds. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at SL or HL.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
H116
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

On the Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year you are an undergraduate at The University of Manchester. The course is taught at The University, by academics from The University. Provided you achieve the specific progression criteria for your chosen degree, completion of the Integrated Foundation Year guarantees you a place on first year of your chosen degree.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum.

Tuition fees for international students will be £19,000 per annum. For subsequent years, fees will be charged at the rate of the BSc Artificial Intelligence Course which for 2020 entry is £24,000. For general information please see the  undergraduate finance  pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Foundation Year Bursary is available to UK students who are registered on an undergraduate foundation year here and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance.

Details of country-specific funding available to international students can be found within our International country profiles .

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Email
School/Faculty overview

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has a well-established and long-standing history for excellence. The nine Departments that make up the Faculty all have a strong reputation for teaching and learning, and for producing employable graduates. Our programmes, including our `Integrated Foundation Year', are designed to provide flexibility of choice and are continually revised to reflect new development in each subject area allowing you to work at the cutting edge of science and engineering.

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Entry requirements

A-level

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all applications are considered on their individual merits. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including the qualifications, the personal statement and the referee's comments. The following must therefore be viewed only as general guide.

For students taking/with A Levels in relevant science or mathematics subjects, we would typically be looking for grades BBC. If your A levels are 'inappropriate' subjects for an engineering degree programme, then we would be typically looking for ABB grades, in addition to at least a Grade B/6 in Mathematics and Science/additional Science at GCSE level, or equivalent.

In all cases we only offer places to applicants if we are convinced that they have the academic potential and the high level of motivation that is needed to be successful on the Integrated Foundation Year and on their chosen degree programme. To help us make our decision, applicants may be asked to attend a visit day for an Academic Assessment.

AS-level

Acceptable only in combination with other qualifications.

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

Acceptable only in combination with other qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

Students are accepted from a range of academic backgrounds. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at SL or HL.

Other international entry requirements

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/country-specific-information/

Scottish requirements

Student are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. In all cases we only offer places to applicants if we are convinced that they have the academic potential and the high level of motivation that is needed to be successful on the integrated Foundation Year and on their chosen degree programme to be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic Department for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Students are accepted form a wide range of education backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. In all cases we only offer places to applicants if we are convinced that they have the academic potential and the high level of motivation that is needed to be successful on the integrated Foundation Year and on their chosen degree programme to be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic Department for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Students are accepted from a wide range of education backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. In all cases we only offer places to applicants if we are convinced that they have the academic potential and the high level of motivation that is needed to be successful on the Integrated Foundation Year and on their chosen degree programme to be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic Department for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

Access to HE Diploma

Applications are considered on an individual basis. Please contact the University for further information. QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants are 60 (10 hour) credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2. Specific grades in specific subjects will be part of the offer.

Cambridge Pre-U

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. In all cases we only offer places to applicants if we are convinced that they have the academic potential and the high level of motivation that is needed to be successful on the integrated Foundation Year and on their chosen degree programme to be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic Department for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

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 Departments may also chose 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.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies).

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic Department, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to 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.

Such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

English language

Home students to achieve GCSE in English Language Grade C/4 or equivalent.

International Students to achieve an UKVI for IELTS score of no less than 5.5 in each and every component with a score of 6.0 overall.

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

Please could we advise students to apply for only one integrated foundation year route for entry onto courses in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. You should select your first choice from one of the three routes: Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year, Computer Science with an Integrated Foundation Year and Computer Systems Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year. (Note that the entry criteria are the same for each option, so there is no advantage to applying for more than one.)

Interview requirements

Applicants may be asked to attend an visit day to take an Academic Assessment as part of the application process.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. An English Language test result, such as UKVI for IELTS, is only valid for two years from the test date.

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

Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year is a one-year programme designed to improve your mathematical and scientific understanding and skills to a level where you will be able to start a degree in the  Department of Computer Science  in one of the following subject areas:

Artificial intelligence is far from science fiction - in fact, it's all around us. This course will provide you with a solid grounding in mathematics, physics, academic skills and ICT (information and communications technology) - the tools you need to make a success of studying artificial intelligence at degree level. You'll be taught by academics from your chosen degree course and will work both independently and in groups. The course combines the study of traditional computing techniques with artificial intelligence. It will prepare you for your degree and, later, a career in applying artificial intelligence to solve new challenges.

Please could we advise students to apply for only one integrated foundation year route for entry onto courses in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. You should select your first choice from one of the three routes: Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year, Computer Science with an Integrated Foundation Year and Computer Systems Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year. (Note that the entry criteria are the same for each option, so there is no advantage to applying for more than one.)

Special features

  • Students accepted from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • High levels of academic and pastoral support.
  • Successful completion guarantees a place on first year of your chosen degree in the Department of Computer Science.
  • Teaching by highly experienced University academics, with a proven track record.
  • Integrated Foundation Year students have full access to all University facilities.
  • Teaching and learning

    The programme embraces a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and project work. Particular strengths are the high level of staff contact and individual learning support, individual pastoral support, project work in engineering-based Departments and associated disciplines within the Faculty.

    Your focus is the Foundation Studies Office, where staff provide day to day support. The dedicated Common Room offers you a place to study, prepare coursework, carry out work using the computers, or simply socialise. There is a strong sense of community within the student body and excellent tutorial support. Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year is delivered on the University campus by University staff.

    With strong links with the Department of Computer Science, the environment for study is essentially the same as for undergraduate study on degree programmes in engineering and associated disciplines. You will find that this assists greatly in easing your move into first year of your chosen degree programme on successful completion of the foundation year.

    Coursework and assessment

    Assessment is based primarily on formal examinations at the end of each semester (in January and June). A smaller proportion of the overall assessment is based on coursework carried out throughout the academic year.

    Course units for foundation year

    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
    Foundation in Computer Science-Computational Thinking COMP11012 10 Mandatory
    Information and Communications Technology FOUN10011 10 Mandatory
    Foundation Year Project FOUN10022 10 Mandatory
    Academic Skills FOUN10031 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B1 MATH19801 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B2 MATH19812 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0C1 MATH19821 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0C2 MATH19832 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0F2 MATH19842 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0J2 MATH19852 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0N1 MATH19861 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0D2 MATH19872 10 Mandatory
    Chemistry 1 FOUN10001 10 Optional
    Chemistry 2 FOUN10042 10 Optional
    Matter and Energy Phys 1 FOUN10061 10 Optional
    Waves and Particles Phys 3 FOUN10072 10 Optional
    World of the Electron Phys 2 FOUN10111 10 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 17 course units for foundation year

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Find out more information about equivalent qualifications, and additional scholarships and bursaries which may be available to you.

    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

    Artificial Intelligence with an Integrated Foundation Year gives you the preparation you need to proceed to degree level programmes in the subject area of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science.