• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

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.

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 Bucks to answer tough questions and develop the technical and professional know-how you need to start a career in this fascinating field.

  • Explore areas that underpin AI including machine learning, artificial neural networks, and data analysis
  • Prepare for careers in computing and AI across different sectors
  • Develop your practical skills using industry tools, including MATLAB and Jason
  • Learn from our teaching team 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.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


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. [1]

At Bucks, we’ve created this course 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.

From language processing to robotics, our teaching team are experts in a range of AI and computing areas. At the beginning of the course, they’ll cover the fundamental areas of computing, including systems, programming, analysis and design. Then you’ll start to specialise in AI, exploring the basics, its history and philosophy, and what it can and can’t do.

In our lecture theatre and labs, you’ll gradually 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.

Building your own AI machines

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.

Then we’ll put your knowledge to the test. 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. We’ll challenge you to think about your career options at this point in the course and encourage you to find industry experience.

Real world challenges

In your final year, you’ll explore rule-based and data-driven approaches to AI, and we’ll give you the chance to pick from a range of optional modules to customise your degree to your preferred career choices.

You’ll apply everything you’ve learnt to a final project – what it’s about is entirely up to you. We’ll ask you to carry out background research, write a report and build your own piece of software. This could be anything from creating a game with in-built intelligence, to developing scheduling software to help someone with diabetes manage their insulin.

What are the course entry 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. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Computer Architectures
  • Digital Technologies & Professional Practice
  • Networking
  • Application Programming
  • Computational Fundamentals for Intelligent Systems

Year 2 Modules

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Database Design
  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Machines and their Languages
  • Planning, Search and Artificial Intelligence Programming

Year 3 Modules

  • Autonomous Robotic Systems
  • Knowledge-Based Systems in A.I
  • Legal Aspects of IT
  • Data Base Technologies (optional)
  • Cloud Computing (optional)
  • Enterprise Systems Development (optional)


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

We are proud to announce that we are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.

AI is infiltrating our everyday life, and is key to solving many challenges that different sectors face.

After studying at Bucks, you’ll be ready for a range of AI roles:

  • 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.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.