MSc RoboticsFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Engineering|
One year full time;
two years part time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||
Part-time students must be available to attend teaching activities during the normal core hours, Monday to Friday.
|Start date||September 2018|
The MSc in Robotics will provide you with the ability to understand, design and implement modern robotic systems. Robotics is increasingly prominent in a variety of sectors, from manufacturing and health to remote exploration of hostile environments such as space and the deep sea, and as autonomous and semi-autonomous systems that interact with people physically and socially.
This programme exposes you to a wide range of advanced engineering and computer science concepts, with the opportunity to carry out a practical robot project at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, one of the UK's most comprehensive robotics innovation facilities and a leading centre of robotics research.
The programme is jointly awarded and jointly delivered by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, both based in Bristol, and therefore draws on the combined expertise, facilities and resources of the two universities. The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a collaborative research partnership between the two universities with a vision to transform robotics by pioneering advances in autonomous robot systems that can behave intelligently with minimal human supervision.
NB: Teaching for this programme is delivered at both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England campuses. Students attending the programme will be given free transport passes to travel between the two universities.
Fees for 2018/19
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time (two years)
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2018/19
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The programme comprises a number of core and optional units. During your second semester, you will start working on a substantial piece of research work that will make up one third of the overall MSc. It is possible to work on this project at Bristol Robotics Laboratory or in conjunction with one of our many industrial partners. Within the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, there are a number of themes from which projects may be chosen. These may include:
- Aerial robots
- Assisted living
- Bioenergy and self-sustainable systems
- Biomimetics and neuro-robotics
- Medical robotics
- Nonlinear robotics
- Robot vision
- Safe human-robot interaction
- Self-reparing robotic systems
- Smart automation
- Soft robotics
- Morphological computation
- Swarm robotics
- Tactile robotics
- Unconventional computation in robots
- Verification and validation for safety in robots
An upper second-class honours degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or a related subject. Other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Robotics is a vast field spanning areas such as electronics, mechanics, software engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, psychology and biology. Career opportunities include diverse professions, including the automotive industry, aerospace industry, advanced manufacturing, deep sea exploration, space exploration, food manufacture, the health sector, pharmaceutical production and industrial quality control.
25 April 2018: UK and EU applicants
26 March 2018: International applicants
Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadlines.
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REF 2014 results
Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 11 and 15.
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
Get in touch
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