Artificial Intelligence and Data Science BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code

    BSc: I260
    BSc with Foundation: I261

  • Level


  • Duration

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 years

  • Starting


  • BCC at A-Level or,
    DMM at BTEC

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25

    Full Time: £15,200
    Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200

  • Location

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Artificial intelligence and data science have a pivotal role in driving a new era of innovation in many fields. This includes computer science, public health, manufacturing, transportation, and many other areas. The BSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science course at the University of Northampton equips students with degree-level research, design, and programming skills. Graduates in artificial intelligence and data science can then apply these concepts and techniques in the context of real-world industrial and business scenarios. Using a state-of-the-art AI lab, students develop and deploy applied AI solutions individually and as part of a team.

As a member of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy, this AI degree includes AWS accredited cloud computing courses to prepare students for industry-recognised certifications and the most in-demand careers in the cloud industry.

Updated 13/05/2024


  • Progression data science courses available on modern AI and machine learning
  • The BSc Artificial Intelligence degree is a member of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy
  • Emphasis on practical learning to help you develop your strength in the design and development of ethical and responsive AI solutions
  • A state-of-the-art AI lab for teaching and learning
  • Student Support Initiative
  • HP laptop and software included with this artificial intelligence degree course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

Course Content

  • This degree in artificial intelligence and data science degree will equip you with a range of knowledge and practical skills required to establish your career. They can aid many career paths, such as a machine learning software engineer, solution architect, project manager or AI research scientist. You will learn the fundamentals and applications of data science and machine learning progressively over the course period.

    Year 1

    During your first year of this AI and Data Science programme, you will study common computer science modules which give you the foundation and flexibility to specialise in your second and third years. Additionally, you’ll study a specialised module that is tailored for artificial intelligence and data science programme students.

    Year 2

    In your second year, you will continue your journey with more specialised modules. These include the Introduction to AI, Cloud Computing and Big Data, and Relational Databases along with other computer science modules. You will also complete a group project where you will be a part of a small design team working to produce an innovative and bespoke AI solution to a real-world challenge.

    Year 3

    In your final year of this artificial intelligence and data science degree, you will acquire comprehensive AI skills in advanced modules. These modules include such as Advanced AI and Applications, Natural Language Processing, Modern Databases, and Media Technology. You’ll be able to develop AI applications using computer vision and neural networks and deploy the solutions in the cloud. On the AI and Data Science course you’ll have an opportunity to complete an independent dissertation on a specialist topic of your choice in the field of artificial intelligence.

    UON Computing society & IEEE

    The Computing Society aims to bring together students interested in computing. The society provides insight into the industry by allowing its members  the opportunity to network with potential clients and employers.  Students also have the opportunity to join the world’s largest professional body at discount rates and join the UON IEEE Student Branch. Joining this branch will enable you to get in contact with students from other academic institutes worldwide.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: CSY1020
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills, principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
      • Module code: CSY1060
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces a set of mathematical topics, which include binary number system, logic circuits, linear systems, graph theory, probability and statistics, that are widely studied by those learning computing sciences. The module equips students with fundamental mathematical skills which underpin a range of computing disciplines.
      • Module code: CSY1061
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system and overview the important concepts in preparation for future study of computer science.
      • Module code: CSY1062
        Status: Compulsory
        This module develops student?s understanding of the principles of communication networks and how to classify the various network devices in the appropriate layer of the protocol stack. Students will learn how to manage IP addresses in a small network and will develop confidence in using network simulation software.
      • Module code: CSY1063
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to give students an understanding of client side web technologies. This module provides students with: the essential knowledge and practical skills to design, develop and implement a Web site to contemmporary web standard
      • Module code: CSY1064
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop student's experience with the multiple stages of software engineering life-cycles from initial need and requirements identification through to the design and implementation of code in order to develop confidence in the use of terminology and techniques for each of the stages.
      • Module code: CSY2080
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to understand and apply the principles of database integrity to implement and utilise efficient databases. RD is a practical module that employs data modelling and SQL techniques to design, define and manipulate data.
      • Module code: CSY2081
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a fundamental understanding of the concepts of big data, virtualisation, and cloud computing. Students explore, select and justify appropriate frameworks/technologies for big data processing, virtualisation, and cloud computing solutions for a given scenario.
      • Module code: CSY2082
        Status: Compulsory
        The module introduces fundamentals of data science and machine learning. Students will gain understanding of ethical and legal considerations when analysing data and acquire skills to address bias. Students will practice using data processing, modelling and visualisation tools for problem solving of practical challenges and the development of AI-driven applications
      • Module code: CSY2087
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with a conceptual understanding of common data structures and algorithms used in Computer Science and Software Engineering. It enables students to implement and evaluate a selection of algorithms and abstract data types, including linked lists, stacks, queues, graphs and binary trees using an object-oriented language.
      • Module code: CSY2088
        Status: Compulsory
        The module is designed to develop higher-order intellectual skills (problem-solving) and appropriate personal qualities including team working. Each group will develop and document effective, robust and high-quality computing systems to a professional standard in response to a supplied specification of requirements.
      • Module code: CSY2089
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to give students an understanding of the conceps and technologies of web based server side technologies; teach students to use up-to-date programming techniques to design and develop coherent server side software for websites with a focus on security, functionality and usability.
      • Module code: CSY3055
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces the most recent theories, methods, and tools in Natural Language Processing (NLP) to develop high-performance NLP-driven applications. Students apply traditional and advanced NLP methods to common use-cases, with a focus on establishing successful Machine Learning-based NLP solutions using cutting-edge Deep Learning algorithms and Transfer Learning methods.
      • Module code: CSY3058
        Status: Compulsory
        Media Technology is an important aspect to Computer Science. This module will introduce a range of technologies relevant to modern multimedia systems. This includes computer graphics, digital image processing, online video streaming, immersive media, and other advanced applications. Student will develop audio-visual systems in a third generation computer language.
      • Module code: CSY3059
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to study advanced/latest database topics. The module focuses primarily on NoSQL databases (e.g., graph and document databases), from designing and creating to querying the databases.
      • Module code: CSY3060
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to: teach students the fundamental theories and practical applications of advanced artificial intelligence techniques including artificial neural networks, image classification and object detection. The underpinning concepts will be introduced, followed by examples of how responsible and ethical artificial intelligence applications are developed and tested.
      • Module code: CSY4022
        Status: Compulsory
        This project module provides the opportunity for the student to undertake independent research, development, and self-management of a Computing related project leading to completing a dissertation. An essential outcome for this module is that the student?s project deliverable includes the design and development of a system, or a software application, or a novel functional approach that relates to the main areas of student study, and that can be used, applied or demonstrated in some way. Students on the BSc Business Computing may engage on a research centered project resulting in a report of analysis of an appropriate topic.
  • A typical offer for the BSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence degree is:

    • BCC at A-Level or,
    • DMM at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level

    Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications, as well as applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    For information on how to apply to study AI and Data Science with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is:

    • DEE at A Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 24/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the AI degree relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,200
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for the data science BSc for 2024 entry.

    23/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the AI degree relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for the data science BSc for 2024 entry.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Artificial Intelligence and Data Science degree at the University of Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    *UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree in Artifical Intelligence and Data Science, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • How will I learn on this Artificial Intelligence and Data Science degree?

    While theories are important for AI solutions, we emphasise  practical learning on our BSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science course. You will be taught through a variety of activities and problem-solving challenges, so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge creatively. Being able to analyse problems, implement data science methods, research solutions, and apply them in new ways are highly valued in the computing industry. Armed with these tools, you will be able to use them throughout your career to drive the industry forward.

    You will have access to a dedicated AI lab with state-of-the-art equipment and software for learning. You will receive a laptop (Terms and Conditions apply) to work on your coursework flexibly.

    How will I be assessed?

    The AI and Data Science degree uses a range of assessment methods including assignments, portfolios, project reports, and video recordings. This comprehensive testing enables students to demonstrate their strengths in knowledge-based skills.


James Xue, Senior Lecturer - Computing
James Xue

Senior Lecturer - Computing

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology


Careers and Employability

The Artificial Intelligence and Data Science BSc course will help you acquire a range of specialised and general computing skills. These skills will help you establish your career as a machine learning software engineer, solution architect, project manager or AI research scientist.

Master’s Opportunities

Our Master’s courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Computing MSc (with or without Placement)

Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) MSc

Computing (Internet Technology and Security) MSc

Computing (Software Engineering) MSc


On the University of Northampton’s BSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Science course, students can benefit from use of a state-of-the-art AI lab with specialised computing equipment to support the design, development, and testing of AI applications.