Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Artificial Intelligence with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Artificial Intelligence (AI), where machines simulate human intelligence, is a growing industry. The government, and employers across sectors, recognises just how important it is to our future. But what is Artificial Intelligence actually capable of? How do we design and build effective systems? Who decides what robots should and shouldn’t be able to do? Join us at BNU to answer tough questions and develop the technical and professional know-how you need to start a career in this fascinating field. Why study this subject? AI is transforming industry – and the world we live in. Experts are applying their skills to improve care in hospitals, control robots in space, help companies understand buying habits, and more. By 2035, it’s predicted that AI activity could be worth an impressive £630 billion in the UK. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? We’ve created our BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence (AI) degree to help you design and programme systems capable of solving real-world challenges. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied computing before – we’re looking for students who want to be at the forefront of the developments in technology that will shape society in the very near future. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. You’ll be taught by a team of expert academics and specialist professionals. Together, they use their collective experience of academia, industry and commerce to give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you’ll need for your career. Course assignments reflect real-life problems because we believe that’s the best way to learn and it’s more fun! On this course, you can:

  • explore areas that underpin AI including machine learning, artificial neural networks, and data analysis
  • develop your practical skills using industry tools, including MATLAB and Jason
  • learn from our teaching team who are experts in a range of AI and computing areas and who specialise in different areas, from language learning to robotics
  • examine AI from an ethical perspective and debate the challenges posed by AI innovations so as to identify the benefits and positive opportunities of AI developments.
What will I study? In our lecture theatre and labs, you’ll learn, practice and develop skills in machine learning and artificial neural networks, data analysis, fuzzy and expert systems. But AI is also underpinned by mathematics, logic, philosophy, cognitive psychology, linguistics and sociology, so you’ll explore these areas too. As you move into your second year, you’ll start looking at AI in more depth and understand how machines search, reason and problem solve. At the same time, we’ll also explain the role of classical logic in machine intelligence, algorithms to search state spaces, and natural language processing systems. In workshops, you’ll work as part of a team to build AI machines – whether these are in the form of Expert Systems, Intelligent Agents or robots. You’ll also become confident using a range of AI-related tools and techniques including MATLAB and Jason with AgentSpeak. As well as building your technical skills, we’ll help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and you’ll spend time honing skills employers value, such as critical thinking. What are my career prospects? After studying at BNU, you’ll be ready for a range of AI roles, such as: machine learning engineer – build and manage platforms for machine learning projects business intelligence developer – design, model, and maintain complex data in cloud-based data platforms artificial Intelligence architect – provide AI solutions to help businesses robotics scientist – build and maintain software for robots that do tasks with varying human input.

Course details


Year one Preparing for Success: Knowledge & Creativity Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Digital Media Computing Essentials Year two Computer Architectures Programming Concepts Digital Technologies & Professional Practice Networking Application Programming Web Development Essentials of Intelligent Systems Computational Fundamentals for Intelligent Systems Year three Algorithms and Data Structures Introduction to Formal Reasoning Intro to Intelligent Systems (Team Project) Database Design Object Oriented Programming Object Oriented Analysis and Design Machines and their Languages Planning, Search and Artificial Intelligence Programming Year four Project Autonomous Robotic Systems Knowledge-Based Systems in A.I Legal Aspects of IT Learning Machines and Intelligent Agents Data Science (optional) Data Base Technologies (optional) Cloud Computing (optional) Database Development (optional) Quality Assurance and Testing (optional) Advanced Mobile Development (optional) Enterprise Systems Development (optional)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

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Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Artificial Intelligence with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS