BSc (Hons) AI and Data Science

If you are interested in a career developing societally beneficial data science and artificial intelligence solutions to real-world problems like climate change, financial services, or sustainable development, the BSc (Hons) AI and Data Science course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required.

The ability to draw insight and make decisions from data is critical to healthcare providers, government organisations, social media companies, the financial and education sectors, and the entertainment industry.

During this course, you will learn how to manage, explore, analyse, understand and visualise image, text, or numerical data and apply these skills to challenges in areas such as autonomous vehicles, financial decision making, health diagnosis, or robotics. As well as technical skills such as software development and machine learning, you will also develop the creative thinking skills required for a career developing novel solutions to the key societal and environmental challenges affecting the world today.

You'll benefit from a course which is directly informed through both academic research and industrial interaction and feedback. Regular events are also organised with previous students and industrial experts to broaden your awareness of career opportunities and develop other skills such as entrepreneurship and teamwork.

Graduate opportunities

The course's curriculum will enable you to pursue careers in a variety of AI and data science roles including:
  • Data Scientist 
  • Machine Learning Engineer 
  • Machine Learning Scientist 
  • Applications Architect 
  • Data Architect 
  • Infrastructure Architect 
  • Data Engineer 
  • Data Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Cloud Engineer
Year 1:
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems 
  • Fundamentals of Software Engineering 
  • Programming 0 
  • Fundamentals of Networking and Cloud Computing 
  • Maths for Computing 
  • Database Development 
  • Practical Computing
Year 2:
  • Programming 1 
  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design 
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Programming 2 
  • Web Application Development 1
  • Software Processes and Practice
Year 3:
  • Introduction to Data Science 
  • DevOps 
  • Group Project 
  • Data Visualisation 
  • Research Skills and Professional Issues 
  • Programming 3
Year 4:
  • Advanced Data Science 
  • Big Data and IoT 
  • Cloud Platform Development
  • Machine Learning 
  • Honours Project

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBC (incl Maths or Computing) Nat 5: C (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level.
A level: CCC (incl Maths/Computing) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 O2: (English and Maths/ Computing) if not achieved at Higher
IB Diploma: 26 points (incl Maths/Computer Science)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in relevant subject GCSE: C (Maths and English)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB

Year 2
A level: 120 UCAS tariff points (incl minimum D in Computing/Maths)
BTEC: DDM Ext Dip in Computing (incl Maths) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
Year 2 IB Diploma: 30 points incl two subjects at HL one to be Maths. Please note - specific modules are required for entry.

Year 3
College HND: Computing (Software Development/Computer Science) - graded unit A
Please note - specific modules are required for entry.

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT, the British Computer Society (BCS), pending an approval visit in November 2021.
Students on this course have the option of a year-long industrial placement or the possibility to study abroad through Turing exchanges.

They will also be encouraged to take part in activities with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).
Modules are assessed using a range of assessment methods depending on the content. Assessment forms include written examinations, coursework assignments (individual and group), class tests, practical laboratory demonstrations and verbal presentations (individual and group).

In project modules, students typically produce an artefact, individual/group reports and presentations. Many coursework activities require an element of independent study and implementation of associate practical components within a given timeframe.