Artificial Intelligence (with a Year in Industry) MSci (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: GH83|Duration: 6 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Accredited|Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
The course is ranked 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction and value added (Guardian University Guide 2022).
We are on the brink of a technological revolution that will profoundly alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are being developed today that would have been considered to belong to the realms of science fiction only a couple of years ago. The pace of change in AI is such that it has blindsided many politicians and policymakers. A very few are only now, at this late stage, becoming aware of the potentially massive disruptive impact of AI on all aspects of life in the 21st century. What is in no doubt is that the direction that AI takes will have a a profound impact on all of our futures.
There is a major, and growing, skills shortage of AI practitioners. It is becoming increasingly important to understand how AI works; what it can and can’t yet do, what it may be capable of, how to utilise it, and how to develop AI in a responsible, scientific and ethical way.
This course will teach you about the practical aspects of AI: how it works, what it can do, how it can be practically utilised for many different purposes, how it may develop in the future, and how to be part of the AI based industries of the future.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students.
During your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
This is a broad introduction to the subject and you develop the theoretical knowledge, problem solving and practical skills that underpin AI:
• Introduction to Programming
• Introduction to AI
• Algorithm Design
• Mathematics for AI
• Taster of current and new developments
Your second year allows you to study specific topics in more depth, focusing on specific branches of theoretical and practically based AI subjects:
• Artificial Neural Networks
• Software Development for AI
• Predictive Analytics
• Agent Based Systems
• Cellular Automata
• Genetic Algorithms
• Natural Language Processing
• Expert Systems
You spend your third year on a compulsory placement in industry.
Your fourth year helps you develop a deeper understanding of the specific aspects of AI and be able to critically select appropriate tools and techniques to solve specific problems:
• Machine Learning and AI at the edge
• Embedded Systems, Physical Computing & Spatial Computing
• Neuromorphic Computing
• Image Processing and Computer Vision
• Human Machine Interaction
In your final year you will be studying with a great degree of autonomy. The Curriculum will be focused on applications of material that has been covered in prior years in a professional context:
• Advances in AI
• Advanced Machine Learning
• Internet Of Things
• Intelligent Systems
• Finite State Machines
• Game Theory
• Bayesian Learning
• Group Project
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
A degree in AI from Liverpool Hope will make you highly employable, having developed a range of highly sought after skills. With the AI industry growing very fast, there will be opportunities to work as an AI specialist designing or programming a wide range of intelligent systems. Your diverse range of skills will make you highly employable in other sectors too.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2023/24 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.