- Spend your third year studying abroad
- Study in a UK top 10 computer science department for research*
- Benefit from up-to-date software and dedicated computer labs
* Research Excellence Framework, 2014
This course is designed to offer both a general understanding of computer science as well as specialist skills in artificial intelligence. 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.
A levels and GCSEs
AAA (AAB if you have an A in computer science/computing); plus five GCSEs including maths, 5 (B) or above
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
For details please see the alternative qualifications page.
A foundation year is available for this course.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
The first year is the same as for the computer science course. You will be introduced to the key concepts and tools underpinning modern computer science.
You will learn to work in a variety of programming paradigms including imperative, object-oriented and functional languages such as C, Java and Haskell. You will also study the architecture of computers at the chip and system level, and learn the mathematics needed later in the course. Areas of artificial intelligence that you will focus on in later years are introduced.
You will take part in a software engineering group project, many of which have an industry partner, that puts the theory and skills you have learned into practice.
At the same time, you will study artificial intelligence methods, including heuristic search, in greater depth and meet other new core computing topics. You will also be able to choose optional modules from a wide range of topics.
Students progressing into year three of the international year degree study an approved computer science programme at one of our partner universities, currently Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, or New Zealand.
Lecture courses, laboratory classes and project work will allow you to benefit from the unique opportunities for study abroad and to gain a global perspective on computer science. Upon your return to Nottingham, you will follow year four of MSci Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence.
In your final year, you will undertake either an individual or group project. The rest of your course will be made up of optional modules, including robotics, optimisation and simulation, and fuzzy logic.
You will graduate with: general knowledge and understanding of computers and computer science; specialised knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of artificial intelligence; an understanding of a variety of approaches, techniques and tools needed to solve the different types of problem encountered in computer science in general and artificial intelligence in particular; and an understanding of the professional, legal, and ethical aspects of the discipline.
The MSci will allow you to engage with cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and computer science.
Average starting salary and career progression
92.3% of undergraduates in the School of Computer Science secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £27,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £60,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2019, High Fliers Research).
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.
Here is an example of some scholarships which have been offered in previous years, 2019 scholarships will be confirmed shortly:
- A Level Achievement Award (£3000)
- Undergraduate Summer School Participant Scholarships (£1000)
- Undergraduate International Scholarships (£2000)
- Women in Computer Science Scholarship (£3000)
- Undergraduate Students Exceptional Achievement Award (£1000)
See full details and eligibility criteria on our website
Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.