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Robotics & Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: GH76

Intelligent systems are having a huge impact. Household appliances are more helpful and robots are venturing into space. Help create the future of AI on a robotics degree awarded initial accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (subject to re-approval).

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Typically 4.5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Computing and IT
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Computer Science
Students operate a robot in the Tech Hub.

Robotics and AI have come a long way since the work of Alan Turing. They pave the way for extraordinary opportunities in the modern world. As we develop increasingly sophisticated artificial systems, we’ll see transformations in how we live, work, travel and learn.

During our robotics and artificial intelligence course, we’ll teach you how to unleash the potential of robotics, AI, automation and more. Could you make a difference to the way virtual reality is used in medicine? Do you want to test the boundaries between human intelligence and machine intelligence?

On our robotics and AI degree you’ll develop specialist expertise in the fundamentals of intelligent systems. Programming, network architecture and software design will all become second nature to you.

After graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career working with intelligent systems ranging from domestic appliances and search engines to robots exploring Mars.

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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

The first year of your robotics and AI degree will be a balance of computing and fundamental mathematics. You’ll pick up the fundamentals of analysis, programming and computer architecture, while developing your skills in calculus. There will also be an introduction to problem-solving applications including graph theory. Finally, we’ll give you an introduction to potential career options to help you select your path for Years 2 and 3.

Compulsory modules:

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Computer Systems Architecture and Networks

Differential Calculus

Foundations of Computer Science

Professional Practice 1

Programming 1

Programming 2

We’ll delve into further detail on operating systems, algorithms, data structures and robotics. You’ll learn about the theory and techniques in different artificial intelligence approaches and explore the aspects of data analysis and its implications on intelligence systems. We’ll give you more information on improving your employability and the skills you’ll need in the workplace. At the end of Year 2 you’ll have the option of taking a 12-month industrial placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Applied Industrial Automation

Applied Machine Learning

Control Systems and Instrument Engineering

Foundations of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Professional Practice 2

In your final year you’ll master autonomous robotic systems and artificial intelligence. We’ll show you the latest developments in this exciting emerging area and establish how you can make your mark. You might choose to conduct in-depth analysis into Smart Devices computing, adaptive intelligence, robotic systems, VR, or games and computer simulation for your final project. Build your practical experience and confidence before graduating to your chosen career.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Autonomous Secure Systems and Smart Devices

Embedded Systems

Intelligent Systems

Research and Development Project

How you'll study

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars, workshops, group tutorials, practicals and technology enhanced learning. Classes are highly interactive, with the practical application of concepts a key factor, including cases drawn from real-life.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your employability profile through a work placement.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

A variety of assessment methods will be used on this degree including formal examinations, lab practicals and project reports.

Throughout the programme, you will also be assessed using coursework, worksheets, in-module tests, example sheets, problem-solving exercises and presentations.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent systems, mobile computing and distributed systems. Academic staff are regular contributors to conferences and journals, engaging with the wider business and academic environment in disseminating knowledge and delivering impact.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Please note, for all programmes in the Department of Computer Science, a level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,500

a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

The robotics and intelligent systems industry is already well established, but the potential to grow is enormous. As technology moves forward, our graduates will be working on innovative solutions to problems we face today and in the future.

Equipped with the know-how needed to build your career, you could be working on anything from domestic and entertainment robots, to those in agriculture, supply chain management, medical, or even in space, land or sea.

Potential job roles that are well suited to graduates of our robotics and AI degree include Robotic Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, Research and Design Engineer, Business Intelligence Developer, and Computer Engineer. And no matter what field you choose to start your career in, you’ll be equipped with sought after transferable skills like problem solving, statistical analysis, and data visualisation.

BCS accredited

Subject to re-approval, the programme has received initial accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Initial accreditation is granted to new programmes which are yet to have a graduating cohort. Successfully completing an accredited honours degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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