In choosing to study a Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence Degree at Aberystwyth University, you will be immersed in the fundamentals of computer science and the very latest techniques in Artificial Intelligence. With core coverage that includes operating systems, telecommunications, database management, HCI, Agile methodologies and object orientation and an in-depth study of a wide range of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques the structure of this degree in Computer Science allows you to develop the skills needed to solve challenging and complex problems.
Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction for Computer Science subject area (NSS 2016)
Department of Computer Science: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
93% of undergraduates from the Department of Computer Science who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
- Teaching & Learning
Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence involves the development of artificial intelligence systems, and is becoming increasingly relevant in commercial and domestic life. Examples of current and emerging artificial intelligence systems include data mining in huge data sets, supply chain management systems, time series prediction, and many others. On this course, you will participate in a fascinating and commercially important field of research. You will gain a firm foundation in computing skills such as programming, software design, and computer architecture, and will learn specialised skills in the areas of artificial intelligence, and interaction with related areas of study, such as intelligent agents in games programming and mobile computing.
Why study Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence at Aberystwyth?
Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence allows you to study all the general Computer Science core modules, while also focusing specifically on Artificial Intelligence topics. You will be required to take two Artificial Intelligence modules in your second year and another in your third year. This may be supplemented with modules in robotics, vision and games. In addition, your final year project, on which you spend a third of your time, will be in the area of Artificial Intelligence and will be supervised by a member of staff whose research is in this area.
Since your degree will cover the main areas of Computer Science, you will be eligible for general jobs in the IT industry as well as those that require this fascinating speciality.
Computer Science at Aberystwyth
Our computer science degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which means that they meet industry standards and requirements, giving you a head start when you enter the competitive jobs market.
The Department is also designated a Centre of Excellence by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Networks and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework comparison (REF2014) the Department produced more world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) research than any other university in Wales. REF 2014 also assessed the impact of research on society, industry and government policy and the Department delivered 100% of its research impact at the top 3* and 4* level, demonstrating that our research makes a real difference in the world outside academia.
We are particularly proud that Times Higher Education (THE) ranked the Aberystwyth Computer Science department as 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales based on an analysis that takes into account both the research quality profile and the proportion of staff submitted. This is a good indicator of the research activity in a department irrespective of its size and with 99% of eligible staff submitted, this indicates that you will be taught by staff who are working at the frontiers of their disciplines. Many staff also have significant experience in industry, often working in co-operation with major international companies, so you can be confident that you will be learning the very latest concepts and working with cutting-edge technologies.
As you would expect from a major research department, you have access to excellent facilities. In addition to Windows PCs across campus for everyone, students in our department have access to dedicated Linux and Mac OS X laboratories and central servers. The Department has a range of equipment and simulation environments used primarily for research, which are available to final year students who choose projects in these areas. These include mobile and aerial robots, vision and motion tracking systems, micro-controller systems and laser scanners.
The department also prides itself on the employability of our graduates. Students may take a year in industry as part of their course. All students participate in a fun-packed activity weekend away from Aberystwyth in the first year which helps to develop important team-building and team-working skills. This will not only make you more attractive to employers, but will also pave the way for working on group projects later in your course.
Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Communication And Technology
- Computational Thinking
- Functional Programming
- Introduction To Programming *
- Professional And Personal Development *
- Programming Using An Object-oriented Language *
- The Mathematics Driving License For Computer Science
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Your degree will provide you with a range of skills and experiences that will equip you for the world of employment. Alongside the skills necessary for most typical jobs in the software industry, your degree will give you an advantage in fields such as data mining and optimisation. In addition, you will acquire transferable skills, such as communication and problem-solving abilities, needed for success in a wider range of careers. Thanks to the integrated industrial and professional training you will spend one year in industry where you will get the experience that will be a significant advantage when making the transition from university into the workplace.
Studying for a degree in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:
• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the facility to deal with abstract concepts
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.
Personal Development Plan
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
Teaching & Learning
The Department’s dual focus on teaching and research creates a vibrant, welcoming environment in which to study. Teaching is delivered through lectures and practical studies, supplemented by smaller tutorials, and assessment is made through both coursework and examination.
The first year will introduce you to the fundamental tools of the degree, such as the use of different operating systems, software development, the use of Java, and the mathematical understanding needed for the second and third years. In the second year you will be introduced to robotics and artificial intelligence, and the practical challenges presented by their use in the real world. You will also embark on a detailed group project; the design, implementation and operation of a large software system, under the conditions of an industry enterprise. Examples of recently completed third-year projects include a four-legged robot, a post-delivering mobile robot and a heart-rate monitor.
The staff are friendly and approachable, and committed to equipping you with the skills needed for success during and after your studies.
Your personal tutor
Throughout your time in Aberystwyth, you will have the chance to meet regularly with a personal tutor, who can provide assistance with any difficulties you might have with the degree or with university life.
A Levels BBC
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
28 points overall