This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2023 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence

From Amazon's Alexa to Tesla's self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is changing how we work and live. Combining a constellation of technologies and methods, the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence offers vital knowledge and skills in key AI areas. You'll study machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and essential computing disciplines, ready for a career in this rapidly developing field.

Artificial Intelligence

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

54 months

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

104

Start date:

25/09/2023

Course Details

It's estimated that artificial intelligence (AI) could contribute over $15trillion to the global economy by 2030 (1). Major industries such as healthcare, financial services, entertainment, manufacturing and retail all offer significant and growing employment opportunities in AI. A wealth of career opportunities await ambitious and talented graduates with expertise in AI design, development and deployment.

The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence is an ideal choice if you seek a career in this innovative and fast-moving field. Our expert team will support you in developing wide-ranging knowledge of AI, programming and computing methods and techniques, along with strong practical skills in applying these technologies. We'll cover the essential areas of computer and software systems science that underpin AI, and explore specialised AI topics and the latest trends shaping the future of computer science.

While studying at our town centre campus in the North of England, you'll explore the latest methodologies and development techniques based on industry standards. We'll support you in developing your understanding in areas such as machine learning, computer vision, deep learning and natural language processing. Our dedicated tutors will also promote lifelong learning skills, creativity and critical thinking so you're ready to adapt as the computing and AI industry evolves throughout your career.

Our degree is tool-based. For each topic, we focus on developing your conceptual understanding and then support you as you learn to apply this theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. We use realistic scenarios developed with industry partners to test your skills and understanding. During the course, you'll build a coursework portfolio demonstrating your ability to solve real-world AI problems. This vital experience will help prepare you for a successful graduate career.

Interpersonal and transferable skills are also essential, so we'll challenge you to develop sought-after communication, problem-solving, analytical, self-management, and decision-making skills. Our dedicated team will focus on helping you gain the skills employers value and a detailed understanding of the technologies and methods underpinning computing and AI.

(1) https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/issues/data-and-analytics/publications/artificial-intelligence-study.html accessed on 22 October 2022

Highlights
  • Our Computer Science courses are top in the UK for student satisfaction, according to The Complete University Guide 2022.
  • We are a well-respected, intensive teaching-focused department with a friendly approach and highly-rated teaching. You'll learn from our experienced lecturers and researchers in fields such as machine learning, computer vision, data science, intelligent agents, bioinformatics, information and cyber security.
  • We encourage collaboration, so you'll also learn through activities with your peers, along with lectures and seminars from industry experts.
  • We regularly monitor and update the course to ensure the content is industry-relevant and introduces you to the latest thinking and innovations. You'll explore the most up-to-date technologies and software packages, such as Python, using IDEs, including PyCharm and Visual Studio Code.
  • We'll offer you access to online educational resources from the Intel AI Academy and AWS Educate program during your studies.
  • By designing the course assignments and projects to mimic industry pipelines and standards, we aim to give you a real feel for a career in AI.
  • Manchester is a thriving digital hub and home to a wide range of digital technology businesses, including specialist AI companies. The region offers plenty of opportunities to network and exchange ideas. Our guest lecturer programme invites professionals to come and share their expertise so that you can benefit from their experience.
Key Features
  • You'll have access to our state-of-the-art AI labs featuring industry-leading technologies. Our specialist facilities support you in developing practical skills and gaining experience working with industry-standard tools, such as VMware, IT Academy and AWS.
  • Our team of highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturers offer face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support. We'll also assign you a dedicated personal tutor to help guide you through your studies.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • We'll help and support you in developing a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills in readiness to impress potential employers.
  • In addition to technical knowledge and expertise, you'll have opportunities to gain experience in teamwork, communication and presentation, problem-solving and time management.

  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. Relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and computing-related subjects are preferred.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
  • We'll be happy to consider your application if you don't meet the standard entry requirements but have non-traditional qualifications and/or relevant experience. You'll be required to undertake an assessment to determine your suitability for the course. You'll be assessed on your problem-solving skills and ability to participate in group work.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Bolton University's BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence is ideal if you wish to pursue a career at the cutting edge of AI, helping to turn technological innovations into meaningful solutions that transform the way we live. It offers you the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the scientific and practical applications of programming and computation in the fast-moving field of AI and machine learning.

As a graduate of this degree, you'll possess a solid understanding of the core technologies underpinning AI and be able to demonstrate your skills in applying AI concepts and methodologies to solve problems. You'll have strong programming skills in several programming languages and valuable knowledge in essential areas such as machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing.

You'll also be able to demonstrate vital transferable skills, including teamwork, leadership, communication, time management, commercial awareness, problem-solving and negotiation.

What can I do with this qualification?

AI offers a wealth of potential career destinations. As a graduate of Bolton University's BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence, you'll be well placed to apply for roles in many different AI fields, such as machine learning, perception, language, knowledge building, decision making and human-AI interaction.

You'll be able to seek employment in areas such as machine learning, data science, computer vision, business intelligence, robotic science and research science. Employers range from established big-tech firms to ambitious young start-ups, with opportunities across the UK and the globe. AI is already transforming sectors such as retail, entertainment, finance, and transportation and has enormous potential in healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy, education, and even agriculture. As a graduate of this course, your skills will be in high demand. Additionally, your lifelong learning skills will support you to customise your skillset, adapt and specialise as your career and the field of AI develops.

This course also paves the way for postgraduate studies and research degrees in AI and computing-related subjects.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Possible fields include:

  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Social media management
  • Technical writing
  • Product management
  • ICT Training
  • ICT sales
  • Digital copywriting
  • Telecommunications
  • Network engineering
  • Cyber analyst
  • Machine security professional

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2022/23.

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2023/24.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2022-2023 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2022-2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

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We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Lectures introduce the core course content, while practical laboratory sessions offer practical experience and help consolidate your learning. Tutorials allow you to ask any questions to ensure you understand the topics covered in lectures and laboratory sessions. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life problems, allowing you to gain insights into AI in commercial environments.

Guest lectures/presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding further.

Regarding assessment, you can expect time-constrained exams and coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you've met the learning outcomes for the course.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these do not count towards your final marks. For instance, you might be asked to complete quizzes or undertake practical exercises. You'll also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help identify any areas that would benefit from extra attention on your part or where you need additional support from your tutor.

We take our social, public and ethical responsibilities very seriously. All our student project work conforms with the University's policies on ethics and uses the University's research ethics procedure before work commences.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Adam Isherwood
Programme Leader

A.Isherwood@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903075

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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