Artificial Intelligence with Industrial Experience: The University of Manchester

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School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom
Computer Science
Course Language(s) 
4 years
Scholarship and Grants 

Manchester Success Scholarship

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Course description

One of the challenges in computing is to make computers demonstrate intelligent behaviour, so that they can solve new problems or cope with the unknown. Current achievements include image and voice recognition, and NASA's Mars Rovers. By combining the study of artificial intelligence and traditional computing techniques with an understanding from psychology of how humans learn, these degree programmes prepare you for a career applying computing in challenging applications.

This is a four year programme and involves you undertaking a one year work placement in industry between the second and third years of your study at Manchester. Besides the money that you earn during this year, you also gain practical experience that can be invaluable both in your final year project and when competing for graduate jobs. Students with industrial experience not only tend to improve their final degree performance but also tend to develop clearer ideas about their future career path.

Career opportunities

Increasingly, employers are seeking graduates with high-level computing skills, and the ability to apply them in innovative ways to solve the problems facing their organisations. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business and society.

Employers, from large multinational firms such as EA Games, IBM and Microsoft to small local organisations, actively target their students, recognising that Manchester Computer Science graduates are equipped with the skills that enable them to excel in a whole host of positions, including many that are not traditionally associated with computing graduates.

Entry requirements

  • A level: Grades AAB including mathematics. General Studies is welcome but is not normally included as part of the standard offer.
  • International baccalaureate: 35 points overall including 6 in Mathematics and 5 in two further subjects with a scientific bias at Higher level.
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6 (minimum of 5 in any component), TOEFL 550 (TWE of 5), Internet Based TOEFL 79 (minimum of 19/30 in each component), Computer Based TOEFL 213 (TWE of 5)
  • GCSE: Five academic subjects at grades A or B including Mathematics, English Language and dual science.
  • BTEC: Partially fulfils entry requirements. Contact us for further information.
  • Scottish:
    • Highers: AAAAB, including grade A in Higher Mathematics and a scientific bias to other subjects studied.
    • Advanced Highers: AAB, including grade B in Advanced Higher Mathematics and a scientific bias to other subjects studied. Minimum of five grade 1's and 2's in academic subjects at Intermediate 2 including English, Mathematics and a Physical Science.

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