Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science BSc with Integrated Foundation Year (Dubai)

with Integrated Foundation Year (Dubai)

Start date
September 2020
4 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours

January 2021 Entry

The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 85,164 for January 2021 entry. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 118,017

September 2021 Entry

The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 88,443 for September 2021 entry. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 118, 017

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the heart of everyday technology like navigation and photography apps, powering internet-scale algorithms for recommending purchases and content to view, and will also enable the future through autonomous cars and robots.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
Our Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science with Integrated Foundation combines the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.

During this Integrated Foundation degree, you will learn about all kinds of computational systems, their theory, design, development and application. From a scientific viewpoint, artificial intelligence is a multidisciplinary field that connects with computing, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, mathematics and linguistics. As a result, this degree programme will give you the computing skills to enter industry, while also allowing you to acquire scientific skills in order to pursue research. Our wide range of modules allow you to delve deeper into the areas of AI that interest you most and that will set you up for your future career, from Machine Learning and Computer Vision to Complex Adaptive Systems.

We know how competitive the graduate job market can be, that’s why you also learn computer programming in Java – a language widely used in business and industry that will ensure you stand out in future applications. Our graduates are highly sought after by leading industry players, and the range of job opportunities available to you are infinite. You could become anything from a Software Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Developer, Robotics Engineer, Financial Computing Analyst, Applications Developer, or inspire the next generation of computer scientists academically. Graduate salaries are highly competitive, and there are a wealth of opportunities available to our graduates. 

Industry come to us to actively seek out and recruit the best graduates for their roles and we have strong links with global companies such as Goldman Sachs, BAE Systems, PwC, IMB, Google, Expedia, Rolls-Royce, Morgan Stanley and Vodafone.

Computer scientists work over a wide range of disciplines - they design and create search engines, social networking applications, software applications used in the financial world to map customer profiles and expose credit card fraud, and applications used in the medical sector to identify cancers through the analysis of medical images.

Why study Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at Birmingham Dubai?

  • Global recognition - We offer the same world-class education as in our UK campus by delivering the same high quality curriculum and meticulously similar quality assurance processes.
  • International reputation - The School of Computer Science is a truly international place, and our academics specialise in subjects including artificial intelligence and cyber security, which the modern world is built upon. You will be obtaining a first-class education in real-world issues, and will become the person that can develop and lead society and our future.
  • Flexibility - In your third year you will be able to tailor your studies to the topics that you are most interested in by choosing from a wide range of optional modules.
  • Excellent career prospects - The broad range of skills you will gain mean you could choose to work in technology consultancy, IT, investment and banking, software development, finance, or join on of the many emerging start-up companies.
  • Exchange opportunities - You can choose to spend your second year studying at our picturesque campus in Birmingham, UK (subject to academic attainment).
  • Connections across the world - You will become part of our global community of computer science students across the world meaning you will be connected wherever you go in the world.

Meet our academics

Our Computer Science academics are highly qualified and based in Dubai.

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We are proud to offer the same high-quality curriculum and teaching of our Computer Science programmes on our Dubai campus. We will equip you with the fundamentals of computer science, whilst also providing plenty of optional modules to allow you to specialise in the area that interests you.

Dr Kashif Rajpoot, Programme Director, Computer Science

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Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, our integrated foundation course is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Successful completion of the foundation year will also guarantee you progression onto the Computer Science BSc (Hons) programme.  *You will need at least 100 credits, at least 55% in Academic English and Study Skills, at least 60% in Introductory Mathematics and in Further Mathematics and at least 50% in Introductory Computer Science.

We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai.

  • Mathematics 1 (10 credits)
  • Mathematics 2 (10 credits)
  • Calculus (10 credits)
  • Statistics and Data analysis (10 credits)
  • Mechanics (10 credits)
  • Foundation Electronic and Electrical Engineering (10 credits)
  • Introductory Computer Science (10 credits)
  • History, Culture, Society and Economy in the UAE (20 credits)
  • Academic English or Advanced Academic English or Advanced Academic Skills (30 credits)

Year one

In this year, you will learn about the AI fundamentals and techniques for generating intelligent behaviour. These include understanding logic, techniques for game playing, artificial intelligence algorithms, and many others. You will experiment with the techniques by implementing them as computer programs. 

In the Computer Science part of your degree, you will gain a firm foundation in the principles of algorithms, concepts of computer science, artificial intelligence, and relevant mathematics. You will also learn computer programming in Java - a language widely used in business and industry. In the Artificial Intelligence module, the part on robot programming introduces you to some important ideas that underpin intelligent robotics and includes group work as part of our commitment to preparing you for the world of work.

Compulsory modules:

Year two

In the second year you move on to study enabling technologies and their application. You will learn about a wide range of subjects from the mathematics for modelling and decision making which underpins much of modern machine learning, to systems-level programming, networks, and cyber security. Your programming repertoire will be broadened by exposure to the C programming language plus further functional programming. You will also work together with other AI students to develop a large team project using AI techniques such as machine learning or computer vision.

Compulsory modules:

You can also apply to spend the second year of your BSc Computer Science course at our campus in the UK. Find our more.

Year three

In the final year you are able to take a range of modules on cutting-edge AI-specific topics including complex adaptive systems, machine learning and intelligent data analysis, and computer vision and imaging. You also spend one-third of your time on a final degree project. This includes writing a large piece of software or doing a major piece of research, and brings together all of the AI skills you have acquired.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules - choose between 40-60 credits: 

Optional modules - choose between 20-40 credits:

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


January 2021 Entry

The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 85,164 for January 2021 entry. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 118,017

September 2021 Entry

The foundation year fee of your programme is AED 88,443 for September 2021 entry. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 118, 017


We have a number scholarships available.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

International Requirements

Foundation Pathway entry requirements


Students studying the WAEC or NECO would be required to study a four year integrated foundation and degree programme.   

  • WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
  • NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.

Middle East (Thaneweya)

Applicants to the Foundation pathway will require an average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.


The University will consider students with a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

American System

High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

Our highly regarded teaching on the BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science course uses a combination of lectures, labs and tutorials with lecturers available to provide additional help throughout your degree.

We want to prepare you for your graduate career by helping you gain skills and experience in many different ways, as roles in computer science often ask for individuals who have strong communication and team working skills. By keeping your learning varied, you will have the chance to learn and grow to allow you to communicate in different ways, and with different types of people.


Each module is assessed independently with all containing some components of continuous assessment. Some modules are completely assessed by coursework. Assessment methods include end-of-year examinations, written assignments, oral and poster presentations, computer-based tests, marked exercises, and laboratory and project reports.

Feedback is an essential part of learning and the way we help to shape your success. We use a wide range of methods such as, written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor.

A degree gained through completing our BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science course provides the skills required for a wide range of careers.  It will give you a disciplined approach to analysing problems, with the ability to design creative solutions and critically evaluate the results. Employers are impressed by the combination of technical and transferable skills offered by computing graduates, and as such, you might find yourself in a variety of environments in academia, industry, research and commercial organisations.

These qualities, plus the prestige of a degree from a leading World Class University, make our graduates attractive  to companies in the engineering sector worldwide as well as those in finance, consultancy and commerce.

Examples of companies where our graduates have gone on to work include:

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Sony
  • IBM
  • Siemens
  • Honda
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Bank of England

With the fast changing connected world, artificial intelligence and computer science is a key area for future careers across the world. Dubai, for example, is a truly exciting global city with a rapidly developing economy and extremely fast digitisation of Government services and actively embracing the artificial intelligence lead automation of various sectors. There is a vibrant start-up scene evident by the massive success of Careem and formally This is no doubt creating new jobs for computer science professionals.

The skills that I am gaining; the course does not just teach knowledge, it trains us in certain skills which can be applied outside of the course, for example many students develop software that has been published, gained them an internship or enhanced their CVs

Hung Hoang

Your Birmingham Degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.