Undergraduate Course

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons)

Course details

Study options


UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

72 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Derby Campus

The best bits

  • Be a graduate that’s sought after by an industry offering attractive salaries and significant progression right from the start of your career
  • Benefit from the flexibility of having the option to transfer to another course in our Computing and Mathematics portfolio after your first year 
  • Learn from our expert academic staff who are acknowledged as leading scientists in their field
  • Take advantage of our connections with employers on work placements and projects
  • Learn in a modern, flexible and supportive environment, supported by specialist facilities
  • You won’t have any written exams – all assessment is through coursework

Dealing with data is one of the biggest challenges that society faces – but it also offers huge opportunities. From autonomous vehicles to medical systems, data science and AI is penetrating nearly every industry. And with the demand for AI skills and data science continuing to grow, now is the perfect time to study this area and set yourself up for a successful career. 
On this degree, you’ll study the mathematical foundations of data analysis combined with the practical elements of performing that analysis and extracting useful meaning from the data. You’ll also learn the mathematical foundations of AI and how to construct AI systems and models.

Foundation year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Benefit from flexibility

In your second year, you’ll go on to study more specialist modules with further options to tailor your studies to an area of your interest in your final year. 

Industry connections

The University has strong connections with industry. We collaborate with local and international companies on a wide range of projects, having previously worked with Rolls-Royce, JCB, Bentley Motors, Alstom, CERN, Toyota and Bloc Digital.  
You have the option to take a placement year between years two and three. This will give you substantial experience in industry as well as insight into the careers available to you once you graduate. You’ll also gain confidence and improve your success and progression in jobs. 

A student using a VR head set in the XR lab
A mathematics student with equations overlayed on their face


Our industry-standard computer labs contain cutting-edge software development tools. You’ll get to work in:  

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Open Days

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How you will learn

You’ll learn in different ways, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and team working. On the Individual Project module, you’ll be encouraged to use and apply research and innovation tools and approaches in a practical context. 

How you are assessed

Instead of exams, a variety of assessment methods are used. Some modules are assessed through coursework only, others by a combination of: 

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
A LevelDDD
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 0, Merit: 24, Pass: 21

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


Data Science jobs are increasingly in demand across all sectors including engineering, technology, society, commerce and healthcare. You could move into roles such as: 

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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