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AI and Robotics

BSc (Hons)

Become a specialist

Gain invaluable knowledge in a growing industry

Gain recognised qualifications

Gain certifications from Microsoft and follow a Google approved curriculum

Work placements

Take the opportunity of a 12-month paid industrial placement

UCAS code:
I763
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Choose another study option
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
16 September 2019 - 12 June 2020
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Studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics enables you to experience a comprehensive degree in the multi-discipline areas of Computing, Software, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles (Automotive) and 3D games design.

The course is underpinned by solid traditional teaching in each area, providing great employment opportunities within these fields. We offer an optional foundation year for those who wish to re-enter into education, retrain or simply wish to obtain the perfect skills for entry to the award.  

Artificial Intelligence is everywhere from mobile phone apps to self-driving cars and, when combined with robotics, forms a vital part of our future, as recognised by companies such as Google, Amazon. It now even forms a major part of UK Government planning. 

You’ll start by studying modern software languages: - Java, Python, Computer Hardware with Electronics and Mechanics to give you a solid start to your career.  

You’ll then extend your skills in areas such as 3D Robotic design, Programming Micro-controllers in C, AI Basics, CISCO networking, C++ and even the Ethics of Living in a Robotic Society.  

If you prefer a sandwich degree or part time mode, we can help you gain vital experience anywhere in the UK, Europe or beyond, providing you with excellent contacts and experience for your CV for the start of your professional career.  

Finally you’ll complete a dissertation and professionally designed modules such as: Robotic Vision, Artistic Synthetic face/ eye creation, Windows Programming in C++, which will enable you to enter the world of employment. 

 

Explore the world of AI and Robotics

Have you ever wondered if robots dream or if Matrix or Terminator films will be our future?

Check out the recent developments by the foremost world leader in robots; Boston Dynamics

 

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) AI and Robotics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) AI and Robotics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) AI and Robotics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) AI and Robotics

Part-time study

For those people who have complicated lives’ or simply wish to work and study at the same time we offer a part-time study mode. Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

For those people who have complicated lives’ or simply wish to work and study at the same time we offer a part-time study mode. Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

For those people who have complicated lives’ or simply wish to work and study at the same time we offer a part-time study mode. Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

For those people who have complicated lives’ or simply wish to work and study at the same time we offer a part-time study mode. Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Work placements

To develop your knowledge and understanding of your discipline you’ll have the opportunity to complete an industrial placement between the second and third year of your course. This is also a great opportunity to further develop both your learning and to make valuable contacts for future employment.

Course content

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you'll complete a variety of modules that will give you an expert knowledge of AI and Robotics, as well as transferable skills in Computing Science, making you employable with both fields.  

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and robotic design.  You even design, build and race your own robotic vehicles with the ‘Robot Worlds’ module. 

The second year will build on the foundations of the first year, aiming to give you a more complex understanding of robotic software programming and interfacing, 3D Game modelling with kinematics, commercial computing and the implementation of Ethical Robotics in an AI world. 

In your final year you will specialise in expert-level modules, covering robotic vision programming and synthetic drone modelling with skin design. In addition you’ll create an industrial standard project, negotiated between yourself and your course leader, that incorporates the specialist knowledge you have attained during the course.  

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study ‘How to study’, Concepts of physics, Practical mathematics and other topics in key areas of AI and Robotics to fully prepare for a successful start of the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you'll complete a variety of modules that will give you an expert knowledge of AI and Robotics, as well as transferable skills in Computing Science, making you employable with both fields.  

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and robotic design.  You even design, build and race your own robotic vehicles with the ‘Robot Worlds’ module. 

The second year will build on the foundations of the first year, aiming to give you a more complex understanding of robotic software programming and interfacing, 3D Game modelling with kinematics, commercial computing and the implementation of Ethical Robotics in an AI world. 

In your final year you will specialise in expert-level modules, covering robotic vision programming and synthetic drone modelling with skin design. In addition you’ll create an industrial standard project, negotiated between yourself and your course leader, that incorporates the specialist knowledge you have attained during the course.  

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study ‘How to study’, Concepts of physics, Practical mathematics and other topics in key areas of AI and Robotics to fully prepare for a successful start of the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you'll complete a variety of modules that will give you an expert knowledge of AI and Robotics, as well as transferable skills in Computing Science, making you employable with both fields.  

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and robotic design.  You even design, build and race your own robotic vehicles with the ‘Robot Worlds’ module. 

The second year will build on the foundations of the first year, aiming to give you a more complex understanding of robotic software programming and interfacing, 3D Game modelling with kinematics, commercial computing and the implementation of Ethical Robotics in an AI world. 

In your final year you will specialise in expert-level modules, covering robotic vision programming and synthetic drone modelling with skin design. In addition you’ll create an industrial standard project, negotiated between yourself and your course leader, that incorporates the specialist knowledge you have attained during the course.  

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study ‘How to study’, Concepts of physics, Practical mathematics and other topics in key areas of AI and Robotics to fully prepare for a successful start of the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you'll complete a variety of modules that will give you an expert knowledge of AI and Robotics, as well as transferable skills in Computing Science, making you employable with both fields.  

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and robotic design.  You even design, build and race your own robotic vehicles with the ‘Robot Worlds’ module. 

The second year will build on the foundations of the first year, aiming to give you a more complex understanding of robotic software programming and interfacing, 3D Game modelling with kinematics, commercial computing and the implementation of Ethical Robotics in an AI world. 

In your final year you will specialise in expert-level modules, covering robotic vision programming and synthetic drone modelling with skin design. In addition you’ll create an industrial standard project, negotiated between yourself and your course leader, that incorporates the specialist knowledge you have attained during the course.  

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study ‘How to study’, Concepts of physics, Practical mathematics and other topics in key areas of AI and Robotics to fully prepare for a successful start of the degree.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Study Skills and Professional Development
Web Technology and Programming
Practical Mathematics
Practical Physics
Year 1 compulsory modules
Software Development and Application Modelling
Digital Technologies
Robotic Design
Robot Worlds
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing
Robotic Programming
3D Modelling and Kinematics
Robot Ethics in an AI World
Year 3 compulsory modules
Final Year Project
Robotic Programming and Vision
Robotic Modelling and Drone Skin Design

Entry requirements

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications, eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications, eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications, eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications, eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Facilities

Careers

You’ll find graduates from our Computer Science disciplines working in many computing areas – Graduates from our Computer Science degrees have gone on to work in a whole range of related occupations. Previous roles include: real-time designer, robotic engineer, machine learning engineer, research and design engineer, business intelligence developer, computer vision engineer, and computer engineer.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Assessment

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Staff

Teaching and supervision on the course is undertaken by experienced academic staff who understand the value of your knowledge development applied to commercial and industrial contexts. You will find all our staff have extensive industrial or research-based backgrounds. Our philosophy is that of applied scholarship – thus, our approach to education is based on research-informed teaching that has direct value to industry and commerce and is of direct value to you as a professional in the IT industry. Furthermore, our staff have established a credible reputation and position as educators and researchers in Computer Science – evidenced by our on-going links with industry, significant commercial and knowledge transfer-based funding, research funding, and our work with regional agencies and business. You can be confident therefore, that you will be part of an academic community that understands the value of research and knowledge creation, the impact of computing education, and the significance of its application to the world we live in.

James McCarren
James McCarrenCourse Leader

James started out as an Engineering apprentice at the age of 16, developing his practical skills alongside academic qualifications. He has held several lead design engineering positions across the UK within international companies. Later in life he trained to teach within FE colleges and advanced into lecturing at the University. As a practising engineer he used his skills to apply computing to real life situations. His computing expertise includes - Real time Systems, Programming, Hardware interface, and Electronic Design.  In terms of research he is investigating Micro-controllers, AI, Industrial Control, Robotics, and Biometrics.

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For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
To be confirmed

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

about
Shadi Daana
Graduate, Autonomous vehicle Engineer with ASAL Technologies

During my Master’s Degree in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering, the staff believed in me, developed my skills and enabled me to succeed in my career.”

about
Stanley Mugabe
Graduate, Development programmer for Seven Trent PLC

Over my four years at Staffordshire University, the staff helped me grow as a person and made me believe in myself, whilst giving me both technical skills and professional advice. They encouraged me to be bold and daring in my studies and future career plans.

about
Masis Torosyan
Graduate, Consultant with Balloon One

The staff were always there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, always patient and supportive during those stressful times! They opened my eyes to the world of Robotics and Computer Science and simply enabled me to believe in myself, enabling me to compete with graduates from across the world.

about
Kieran Moorfield
Graduate, Home Office Consultant with QA Consulting

Over my four years, the staff taught me many skills, both technical and professional. Many of those skills I use today in industry and will continue to use throughout my entire career. Lectures were always interesting, technically demanding and most importantly, related to industry.

Thank you for giving me the practical skills and confidence to take a placement in Airbus Helicopters in Germany. With kind support and guidance, you have enabled me to grow into a confident and highly-skilled consultant.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
16 September 2019

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