Discover computer science and artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has truly started having a defining effect on society, underpinning a variety of technologies such as social networks, games and self-driving cars.
On this course, you will develop a general understanding of computer science and focus on subjects which explore ideas in artificial intelligence, including:
- machine learning
- computer vision
- intelligent agents
You will spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner universities. These currently include Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, and New Zealand.
- Develop a general understanding of core topics in computer science and gain hands-on experience with web and mobile applications, games, social networks, and artificial intelligence.
- Access 24-hour dedicated computer labs, group and private study spaces, a pool of Linux workstations, virtual servers and more.
- Study in a UK top 10 computer science department for research (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
- Study a course accredited by the BCS and compliant with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) curriculum guidance.
Programming experience is not compulsory for entry to any of our courses. The first year is designed to bring all students to the same level of knowledge and skill.
Unlock your potential
If you want to understand how to program today's computers and to design and implement the systems of the future, then computer science at Nottingham is for you.
At Nottingham, you will learn:
- current computing practice that can be applied immediately after graduation
- foundational aspects of computing that will be of lasting value as technology changes over time
- research-level topics that will play an important role in future developments
What's an MSci?
MSci degrees are undergraduate-level courses which last for four years and have an integrated masters qualification. They are the equivalent to a bachelors degree plus a masters level qualification. These courses usually provide additional industry and/or research experience to enhance your future prospects. An MSci is excellent preparation for further study such as a PhD.
If you choose to study an MSci, your student loan will cover tuition fees and living costs for the additional year too (home/EU students only). If you are unsure about whether to choose an MSci or BSc, we recommend you choose the MSci to secure your funding. Transfer to the BSc is possible.
Futuristic architecture, eco-friendly buildings and innovative technologies make Jubilee Campus an inspiring place to be. Highlights include a library on the lake and the Aspire sculpture, one of the tallest free-standing public works of art in the UK.
Over 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study on Jubilee Campus along with researchers working in our many centres and institutes.
The campus has everything you need to experience student life. There are cafes, restaurants and halls of residences as well as a Students’ Union shop and a sports centre.
As Jubilee Campus is only a short walk or free hopper bus ride from University Park Campus, you can take advantage of social activities on both campuses. Jubilee is less than two miles away from the city centre. Regular bus connections make travelling to and from the city quick and easy.
Take a look at the School of Computer Science Instagram to see what life on campus is like.
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.
Teaching methods and assessment
You will learn through a wide variety of activities including formal lectures, small-group tutorials, practical computer labs, and self-directed study.
Lecture-based modules will typically be assessed at the end of each semester.
A substantial number of computer science modules have an element of practical coursework.
As well as receiving support from your personal tutor, you will also have access to our first-year Peer Mentoring Scheme.
Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
Students must have spent the penultimate year (part 2 of the programme) at either the Nottingham or China* campus as evidenced by a letter from the University confirming location of study to be supplied with the transcript (*Pending accreditation of 4FT pathway delivered on China campus).
Students progressing into year three of the degree course study an approved computer science programme at one of our partner universities, currently Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, or New Zealand.
The first year of the course is the same as BSc Computer Science.
Explore the key concepts and tools underpinning modern computer science and learn to work in a variety of programming paradigms including imperative, object-oriented and functional languages such as C, Java and Haskell.
- Study the architecture of computers at the chip and system level
- Explore the areas of artificial intelligence that you will focus on in later years
- Meet the areas of mathematics you will need later in the course
For a sample of the modules, please visit MSci Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence course page.
Put the theory and skills you have learned in year one into practice by taking part in a software engineering group project, many of which have an industry partner.
You will study artificial intelligence methods, including heuristic search, in greater depth and meet other new core computing topics.
Begin to shape your own course in the second semester by choosing optional modules in different areas of computer science.
For a sample of the modules, please visit MSci Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence course page.
Students progressing into year three of the Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence including International Year MSci 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, you will follow year four of Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence.
Skills and employability
As well as engaging with cutting-edge research in computer science through our MSci, you will graduate with:
- an understanding of computers and computer science
- specialised knowledge of the theoretical foundations of computer science and other selected topics
- experience in a variety of techniques needed to solve problems encountered in the discipline
- an understanding of the professional, legal and ethical aspects
Destinations of our graduates
From the smallest start-up to the largest multinational, our students are reshaping the world—are you ready to join them?
Recent graduate destinations include:
- software and hardware development
- financial sector
- business sector
- set up your own business
- industrial research
- academic research
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
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.
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.
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.
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