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Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons)

This course is designed for those who want to study an exciting combination of computer science, artificial intelligence and robotics and develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide intelligent solutions for commerce and industry.
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Please note, the title for this degree programme has changed from Intelligent Systems BSc (Hons) to Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons) with immediate effect.


The course gives you a detailed understanding of artificial intelligence concepts and techniques, and the ability to apply this knowledge to a variety of problems and subject areas

You will learn to develop basic hardware and software models and programs. You will also use artificial intelligence code that allows you to accomplish various tasks, including controlling advanced mobile robots in our purpose-built laboratory.

Students who are interested in broadening their academic experience are given the opportunity to spend their placement year in an overseas university. This course offers a direct link with the University of Ulm (Germany).

The university runs a dedicated Robot club as part of the DMU Square Mile project, which works with local secondary schools to give young people a chance to experience degree level robotics at a much earlier age. Students have the opportunity to solidify the skills learnt on their course by instructing the secondary school children on how to construct the robots.

There is also the opportunity of developing a robot project in groups or individually. Successful students have the chance to take their robots to the Robot Challenge which is held in Vienna (Austria) every year and let their robots compete in an international robotics competition.

This title change follows a review of the programme, and has been made to better reflect the content on the programme and terminology used within industry, as well as to ensure that our students are well placed to secure graduate employment.

Key features

  • Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
    for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
  • Academic Expertise
    Benefit from teaching by experienced staff from our Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI); an internationally-recognised research centre that conducts world-leading research into intelligent systems, and provides high-quality solutions to real-world issues

  • Work placement opportunities
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with past placements undertaken at IBM, PayPoint, Netready and Exel Computer Systems Industry-standard facilities

  • Specialist facilities
    Access our Advanced Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Agents Laboratory, which contain a variety of mobile robots.

  • DMU Robotics Club
    Put your skills into practice by taking part in the DMU robot club, with a chance to compete in an international robotics competition, such as the ‘Robot Challenge’ in Vienna where our students and staff have previously won prizes



“My time at DMU was very well spent in the robotics laboratory; I’ve learnt many new things that I couldn’t have without the time and in the specialist facilities with our lecturing staff. It is a fun, interesting and thought-provoking subject.”

Benjamin Falkner, Intelligent Systems BSc (Hons)


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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: I270

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: I270

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematicsor equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance.

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Introduction to C++ Programming 
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming in C++ 
  • Computer Ethics 
  • Computer Law & Cyber Security Management
  • Computer Systems 
  • Computer Networks
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Database Design & Implementation

Second year

Core modules

  • Applied Mechanics 
  • Artificial Intelligence for Simulation 
  • Object-Oriented Programming in C++ 
  • Advanced Object-Oriented Programming in C++ 
  • 3D Modelling 
  • Introduction to Computational Intelligence and Control Systems 

Optional Modules

  • Embedded Systems 
  • Agile Methods 

Third year

Core modules

  • Fuzzy logic and Knowledge Based Systems
  • Mobile Robotics 
  • Computing Project

Optional Modules

  • Secure Web Application Development 
  • Telematics 
  • Multi-service Networks 1 
  • Multi-service Networks 2 
  • Front-end Web Development 
  • Rigorous Systems 
  • IT Services Foundations 
  • IT Services Practice 
  • Data Mining 
  • Popular Technology Ethics
  • Big Data
  • Systems Integration
  • Systems Building: Methods and Management

The course is taught by experienced staff from our Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI), an internationally recognised research centre that conducts industry relevant research into intelligent systems, and provides high-quality solutions to real-world issues. Due to the nature of robotics, in particular, and intelligent systems, you will meet with researchers with a diverse background ranging from theoretical computer science, to computational mathematics, and electronics. This will give you a versatile background which will allow you to appreciate the complexity of intelligent systems and find 'your way' in a professional career.

Furthermore, the wide selection of optional modules will allow you to realise, while you are studying, you subject preferences and inclinations and follow them. You will be able to choose the study plan and shape your professional background by emphasising the focus of your studies on programming, or on theoretical artificial intelligence, or applied robotics.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. You will also experience collaborative and group-based learning, supervised project work and independent study.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and can expect to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

Assessment has been designed to match specific modules and will include timed tests, portfolios of work, laboratory exercises, written and oral examinations, individual and group work, project work, reports and presentations.


Facilities and features

Advanced Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Agents Laboratory

Our Advanced Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Agents laboratory contains a variety of mobile robots ranging from the Lego Mindstorm to drones and Turtlebot3, which provides excellent resources for teaching and research. The CCI conducts research into the use of computational intelligence techniques on mobile robots and has a collection of several types of robots for use in research and teaching.

The recently purchased TurtleBot3 (a fully programmable ROS based mobile robot) enables CCI in furthering teaching and research in areas of mobile robotics, computer vision, and Artificial Intelligence. Access to these facilities and robots will allow you to enhance your professional and practical skills for the workplace.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Our graduates are highly sought after and there are employment opportunities in intelligent systems and artificial intelligence in both the public and private sectors in areas such as: market intelligence, imaging techniques, data mining and in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Our graduates have worked for companies including IBM, Bullhorn Inc and the Curve (Leicester).

Graduates wishing to specialise in robotics are well placed to pursue careers in mobile communications and gaming systems. Graduates are also equipped to pursue a range of more traditional IT positions in the wider commercial and public sectors.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation, and enhances their existing skills.



Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including IBM, (UK) Ltd, PayPoint Ltd, Netready Ltd, Proactive Tours Ltd and Exel Computer Systems plc.

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