Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence MSci/BSc (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

G401(BSc)
G402(MSci)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

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Course code:

G401(BSc)
G402(MSci)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECU096(BSc)
EECU097(MSci)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £16,400

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Computer science underpins almost all the science and technology that we rely on in the modern world. It is responsible for some of the most powerful problem-solving strategies known to mankind – the Internet, smart devices, artificial intelligence, robots and much, much more.

We aim to explore practical applications in industry, commerce, research and everyday life, and a combination of theory and practice in traditional areas of computer science, including programming and algorithms, computer architecture, networking, system design and implementation.

You should also explore some of the new and exciting areas of development in this ever-changing field such as machine learning, data science techniques, mobile app development and cryptography in software security.

On top of these, the 3rd year (and 4th year for MSci) will have a specific focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), enabling students to achieve the technical and transferable skills in this ever growing area.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

This Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence (AI) course builds on a common first two years with Computer Science and follows with a third, and optional fourth MSci year, dedicated to AI. Students can also opt for a placement year in industry or a year spent studying abroad*.

In all cases the course is designed to produce graduates with the technical and transferable skills needed in a wide range of careers and industries; whether these are established computer science domains such as software development and database maintenance, or emerging ones influenced by the growing use of AI.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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Modules

Overview

In your first year, you should gain fundamental knowledge in many areas of the subject, including programming, computer architecture, software system design and usability.

Modules

  • Programming and Algorithms

  • Software Design

  • Mathematics for Computer Science

  • Object Orientated Programming

  • Computer Architecture and Networks

  • Database Systems

  • CS ALL Project 1

  • CS ALL Project 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In your second year, you will study more advanced topics of computer science, such as theory of computation, introduction to artificial intelligence and data science.

Modules

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • Software Engineering

  • Theory of Computation

  • Advanced Algorithms

  • Operating Systems and Security

  • Data Science

  • Big Data Programming Project

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working in data analysis at Shell Oil, system development at IBM and technical support at Cummings.

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are normally able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year. However, we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.

Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module and therefore no additional tuition fees apply. Whilst the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of marked activities reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of the activities, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Modules

  • 5012CEM Professional Training

  • 5013CEM Study Abroad

Overview

During this year, students take specialist modules on artificial intelligence, including machine learning and intelligent agents, and undertake an individual research project, under the supervision of an academic member of staff, which will involve an AI technique or application.

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have previously learnt by undertaking an in-depth individual project. This normally involves building an original computer system, which will solve one of a range of challenging problems suggested by an expert in the relevant field. For example, robot navigations, security, wayfinder apps and emotion recognition.

Modules

  • Individual Project Preparation

  • Individual Project

  • Security

  • Machine Learning and Applications

  • Neural Networks

  • Intelligent Agents

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Students who meet the following two requirements can opt to extend their degree with an additional year of study at master’s level:

1. The average required grade for year three is above 60%
2. The required grade for the final year project is above 60%

If you progress to a master's, you will undertake other artificial intelligence modules which will introduce you to evolutionary computing (where software ‘breeds’ solutions to problems) and what we believe to be one of the most important domains for machine learning: computer vision. Your knowledge and skills will be tested with a research level individual project.

Modules

  • Individual Research Project Preparation

  • Individual Research Project

  • Computer Vision

  • Web Applications and AI

  • Information Retrieval

  • Big Data Management and Data Visualisation

  • Advanced Machine Learning

  • Natural Language Processing

In more detail...

  • An opportunity to demonstrate your portfolio of work to potential employers at the free-to-attend annual Coventry New Wizards Showcase
  • Option to join the CISCO Academy Programme leading to an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Networked Associate (CCNA) qualification at no extra cost
  • A free-to-join Computer Club for all students, which organises a range of extracurricular activities such as LAN gaming, robot programming challenges and hackathons, to experience the most up-to-date technologies
  • Regular free-to-attend guest lecturers from current practitioners, which, in recent years, have included senior professors from Sheffield, Lincoln and Birmingham universities and the European Bioinformatics Centre Cambridge (subject to availability)
  • Support for seeking short and long-term placements with technology companies to gain the experience employers desire*. Past students have worked for Microsoft UK Ltd, Intel and Accenture, as well as a range of medium sized companies in web, media and the creative industries

Our main study themes are:

  • Programming: The underlying concepts and algorithms, which should enable you to apply the programming techniques that are appropriate for the problem encountered. You should have opportunity to develop core skills in programming by learning and applying syntax, problem-solving strategies, and theory common to most programming languages. We also examine professional practices associated with the industry, including key software development concepts such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition and event driven programming, as well as how to interact with non-technical users and clients.
  • AI: The course has several key themes centred on computational thinking, by which we mean the ability to develop and understand algorithmic solutions to problems. This is backed up by the practical skill of programming developed in a variety of relevant languages chosen to complement each other and show the spectrum of techniques and tools available. Students will learn how to apply these to the topic of artificial intelligence, learning about cutting edge techniques such as neural networks, and a range of AI applications.
  • Computer Architecture, Networking and Operating Systems: We investigate and analyse the origin, structure and use of the fundamental components of computers, how they represent data, operating systems (OS) used and networking approaches. We will explore basic OS concepts, such as processes, memory management, drivers and file systems. We also explore the main features of Linux, Windows, UNIX and Mac OSI, among others.
  • Database Systems, Data and Information Retrieval: Exploring how to identify the database approach that best reflects the application and the use of a variety of data analytic approaches.
  • Software System Modelling and Project Management: A practical guide to the software development processes will be offered with associated tools and techniques for modelling and project management. We consider modern iterative process models using Agile and object-oriented (OO) modelling methods and tools, including techniques for requirements engineering and analysis, architectural design and detailed software design with patterns, completed with implementation, testing and integration.
  • Latest Computing-related Technologies and Development: We explore the latest technologies and development in the areas of web technologies, mobile apps, concurrent and real time systems, and contribute to the open source community through the development of software and the production of large scale complex software.

The programme allows you to study full-time over three years to achieve the Bachelor’s level, providing successful completion, or four years if you wish to progress to the Master’s level in October of the academic year. With the work placement or study abroad option*, you will study full-time over four years to achieve the Bachelor’s level, providing successful completion, or five years if you wish to progress to the Master’s level.

You have the option of extending your studies by taking a sandwich year in the form of an industrial training placement or study abroad between year two and year three*. If you choose the professional work placement, this will take the form of a full year placement. For example, one student recently worked in IT support and was responsible for data queries, reporting and computer/servers’ assembly for Faurecia, a global automotive supplier which produces the seats for the BMW in Oxford. Alternatively, if you choose to study abroad, you could spend a half year in education and the other half on work placement*. In 2015/16, one of our students was enrolled at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany and studied various modules in business, such as supply chain management, presentation and business English, in addition to completing a work placement at Dell in the areas of systems and information technology in Botswana.

Theory and lab-based classes should give you an opportunity to develop your knowledge of a wide range of computer science theory and practice, and how this can be used in creating software for use in the real world. The course aims to adopt an engaging approach to teaching through use of videos, quizzes, real-world examples and interactive learning.

Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on the practical development of work, with a significant portion of your time being spent on: assisted lab tasks, which may involve programming, date analysis and retrieval or computer architecture; seminars discussing topics like algorithms, machine learning or open source programming; or project-based sessions, which may cover Hadoop to perform parallel data analysis, creating code with an open source community or new apps.

You will have opportunities to take part in challenging individual and group projects dealing with questions at the cutting-edge of computer science. Regular free-to-attend external talks, by our academic and research staff, as well as visiting lecturers, should bring you the latest issues on a wide range of topics, which have recently covered security, artificial intelligence, software development and robotics (subject to availability) .

We aim to organise a wide range of optional field trips in the UK or abroad*, with past students visiting Bletchley Park, the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II, and the Internet of Things Expo in London.

As well as industry placements provided via the sandwich year route, we also look to facilitate research internships*. The internships typically last for eight to twelve weeks and have previously involved students conducting research into robots, neural networks and cryptography. Internships are subject to competitive application.

Teaching methods can include: lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, group projects, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, supported by an extensive suite of labs staffed by experienced staff.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, essays, project and group work, practical exams (e.g. presentations and tests), and formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy aims to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: the underlying technology, design methods, programming languages, international standards and practices required to practise in the domain of computer science; the cultural, commercial, social, ethical, legal and professional issues connected with the creative and IT industries and professional practice within them; and emergent technologies and a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art systems, methodologies and problem solving techniques.
  • Program using different computing languages by applying existing and new algorithms.
  • Design and produce large scale software systems using industry and internationally recognised methodologies and tools.
  • Understand the theoretical basics of computer science and its application to the development of software systems.
  • Contribute to teamwork effectively and ethically, addressing the prominent computing, social and commercial issues.
  • Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques for design, analysis, development and integration of software systems.

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your class time will be divided amongst personal tutorials and small group teaching; medium group teaching (e.g. seminars, tutorial sessions, lab sessions and workshops); and large group teaching (lectures). In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week, depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of hours of class time will vary from year to year: it’s likely to be around 17 hours contact per week in the first and second year (around six hours per week per module) dropping to around 12 (around four hours per week per module) in final year as you become a more independent learner.

If you have a desire to travel, it is possible to spend a period abroad for part of your studies. Past students have previously spent as short as two weeks working on a project in China or as long as a whole academic year to study abroad. The opportunity for a sandwich placement means we will also aim to support you in finding an internship anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience. Past students have found placements in Europe working for Toyota.

We offer you the chance to participate in optional field trips to a number of different overseas locations, which have previously included China, Poland, Spain and Finland. For example, students participated in an HSBC project in China in 2014 and 2015.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

 

University Course Code: Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence BSc (G401)
A Level BTEC IB Diploma Access Grades GCSE requirement
ABB - BBB to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Computing or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies. DDM-DMM in IT or a technical subject. 29 points to include either Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, or IT at Higher level. The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in either Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

University Course Code: Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence MSci (G402)
A Level BTEC IB Diploma Access Grades GCSE requirement

ABB - ABB to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Computer Science, Computing or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies.

DDD - DDM in IT or a technical subject. 30 points to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher level. The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits all at merit or above in either Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Statistics. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. Minimum five GCSEs graded at 9-4 including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £16,400 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The practical nature of the course aims to place an emphasis on your future employability, with an aim to developing a wide range of technical, analytical, design and professional skills, many of which are may be gained from activity-led learning projects and placement experiences. The technical content is usually regularly reviewed and updated to reflect what is currently important and in demand in industry.

Your final year project will give you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with working professionally in industry in a chosen specialist field. This should allow you to build up a portfolio of evidence which, upon successful completion of this course, can be presented at future job interviews to help demonstrate the expected expertise.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university’s Talent team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have gone onto a variety of careers for computer scientists from which you could find yourself working in the private and public sector in areas such as software engineering, health, communications, education, life sciences, physical sciences, finance and manufacturing.

Recent graduates who have developed successful careers in software security and project management include Naomi Holborough working as Security Engineer for Hewlett-Packard (HP), Vlad Ichim as IT manager for Revive! Auto Innovations (UK) Ltd.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.