BSc Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is a three or four year undergraduate degree program taught in English.

About UNNC

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by The University of Nottingham with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

The University of Nottingham is in the top one percent of more than 7,500 higher education institutions worldwide and league tables consistently rank the University highly. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

This course is designed to offer both a general understanding of computer science as well as specialist skills in artificial intelligence and, through its optional module choice, also offers you the opportunity to study computer science in the context of robotic systems. In addition to fundamental computer science classes and laboratories, the course covers topics including expert systems, intelligent agents, the history and philosophy of artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, neural networks, heuristic optimisation and other intelligent systems. If you choose introductory and advanced robotic options, you will be able to experiment with mobile robots in both group and individual projects.

You will spend the first two years of your programme at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and the following two years at The University of Nottingham, UK.

At the end of your course, you will graduate with general knowledge of computers and computer science and specialised knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of artificial intelligence. You will have acquired the skills to develop new methodologies and novel computational techniques for the creation of human-like intelligence. You will understand a variety of approaches and have the techniques and tools needed to solve the different types of problems encountered in computer science in general, and in artificial intelligence in particular.

Course Structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

For domestic students the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham’s UK campus.

For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham’s UK campus.

Year one (preliminary year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

The first year consists of a specially-designed intensive academic English programme to prepare students for their studies.

Year two (qualifying year)

You will be introduced to the key concepts and tools underpinning modern computer science with artificial intelligence, and robotics if choosing this optional pathway. You will learn how to program in Java, study the architecture and applications of computer systems and will be introduced to the areas of artificial intelligence that you will focus on in later years. You will also select one module from a list of options including robotics, software systems and web programming and scripting.

Year three (part I)

You will consolidate what you have learnt so far by taking part in a group project accompanied by a course of lectures. At the same time, you will study artificial intelligence and programming in greater depth and focus on other core computing topics. In addition, you will choose one optional module from a wide range of topics including robotics.

Year four (part II)

In your final year, whilst selecting the majority of your modules from an extensive list of options, you will undertake modules in designing intelligent agents, knowledge representation and reasoning, and systems and real-time programming. The other compulsory module this year is the individual project, which has a major artificial intelligence focus. If a chosen option is robotics, you will learn how to create autonomous mobile robots that exhibit useful and interesting behaviours. You agree a project in discussion with your supervisor and may select a topic from a list proposed by a member of staff or propose an idea of your own.

Compulsory modules

You must take all modules in this group:

BSc Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence   The University of Nottingham Ningbo China  Modules

Entry Requirements

Minimum English Requirement

In addition to academic requirements, students whose first language is not English or entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English.

To ensure that you can fully benefit from your studies at UNNC, you will need to demonstrate a required level of English language proficiency.

For Preliminary year (year one) entry

  • IELTS 5.5 with the writing band no less than 5.0 or
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51)

For Qualifying year (year two) entry

  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0 or
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55)

Students who have completed a recognised degree, or completed the whole of their secondary education in one of these countries within the last 10 years are not normally required to take a separate English language test.

Otherwise, in addition to the more common language qualifications – such as IELTS, TOEFL, (I)GCSE, O level, IB and A and AS level English – the University also considers a number of other English language qualifications for admission.

The minimum English language requirement for BA English Language and Applied Linguistics, BA English Language and Literature, and BA English with International Business is:

  • IELTS 7.0 with each band no less than 6.0 or
  • PTE Academic 67 (minimum 55)

Start Date of the program


Application Deadline

31 May

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB80000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 320000 RMB.


The University has several buildings designated for international students, building 11, 18 and 20. All rooms are fully furnished and equipped with air conditioning and a telephone and computer point; enabling students to make and receive telephone calls and access the University’s data network from their bedrooms. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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