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Course summary

Meet the future head-on and help to shape the world with the science of machine learning with our Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons) degree in Cambridge. Our specialist facilities are perfect places to develop practical skills and get experience of working with industry-standard tools, such as VMware IT Academy and AWS. We encourage collaboration, so you’ll also learn through activities with your peers, and lectures and seminars from industry experts. From self-driving cars to chess-playing computers, artificial intelligence (AI) has been shaping our world for some time now. With our BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence degree in Cambridge, you’ll explore the science of machine learning and develop the skills to firmly place yourself at the forefront of technological innovation. Our degree course, accredited by both BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), will help you stand out to employers in a range of industries, both in the UK and overseas. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to register as an Incorporated Engineer and, with further study, you can become a Chartered Engineer. During your time at ARU, you’ll also get the opportunity for a placement year in industry which will see you linked with a high-tech hub company in Cambridge, the region and beyond. You’ll build up experience working and make industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects. Our Artificial Intelligence degree course has been designed with the industry and employers in mind, meaning you have the opportunity to learn the professional skills you’ll need after graduation. The course is supported by our Employers’ Advisory Group, which includes experts from companies like ARM, Redgate, Amazon and Cambridge Spark. During your time at ARU, you'll work on live brief assignments proposed by companies like Mathworks or Redgate and you will have 12-month access to Pluralsight professional online training courses for programmers, which is included in and guided through the Introduction to Programming module. This gives you enhanced opportunities to experience real-world professional training as part of your academic course. You’ll learn all about the history of AI, the systems that underpin AI and the advanced algorithms that are employed. To achieve this, you’ll be using the most up-to-date technologies including software packages and hardware infrastructure. As part of your studies with us, you will be able to access online educational resources from the Intel AI Academy and AWS Educate programme. Our specialist facilities include a Cisco and AI lab, and we use tools such as Microsoft Imagine Premium and VMware IT Academy. We encourage collaboration, so you’ll also learn through activities with your peers, and lectures and seminars from industry experts. Are you ready to meet the future head on?


Year 1 Core Modules Introduction to Programming Computer Systems Computer Modelling and Simulation Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence Introduction to Mathematical Techniques for Artificial Intelligence Year 2 Core Modules Database Design and Implementation Software Engineering Ruskin Module Advanced Analytical Techniques for Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Artificial Neural Networks Year 2 Optional Modules Algorithm Analysis and Data Structures Digital Security Year 3 Core modules Work Placement - Computing and Information Sciences Year 4 Core Modules Final Project AI Techniques (Fuzzy Logic and Genetic Algorithms) Professional Issues: Computing and Society Deep Learning Distributed Programming Year 4 Optional Modules Image Processing Digital Signal Processing Embedded Computing Cloud Computing

Assessment method

Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework (coding, reports, logbooks, presentations, group and individual projects) and exams. Indicatively, the amount of coursework and exam is 52% to 48% in year 1 and 72% and 22% in years 2 and 3, with some possible year on year variation.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2020 entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when Apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic Level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (provisional) 2021 international fees are to be confirmed
Artificial Intelligence (with Placement Year) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS