MSc Biorobotics

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

The next frontier in robotics will take inspiration from biology to design robots that are soft, smart, green, and social. From microrobots for cancer treatment, to swarms powering warehouses, soft grippers for manufacturing, and new material interfaces for prosthetics, biorobots will provide solutions to today’s global challenges. State-of-the-art robots will in turn power scientific discovery, allowing for the study of living systems in their natural habitats from robots automating experiments in the lab, to artificial fish studying pollution in the deep sea.

This programme brings together life scientists and engineers in an interdisciplinary environment where solutions are co-created with stakeholders in mind. For the life scientists, this will open new horizons powered by Robotics and AI, skills in high demand in today’s job market. For the engineers, this will go beyond a typical robotics training, towards reinventing the way robots are designed and used with bioinspiration at heart.

This unique combination of biology and engineering will develop core professional skills including working across disciplines and responsible open-ended innovation. The programme centres around a common core in fundamental robotics and life sciences, followed by dedicated taught and project-based biorobotics units that will walk you through latest research and applications, with a hands on understanding of how to build these systems yourself, and demonstrations of how they can be used for good.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
Overseas: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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.

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Funding for 2022/23

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Programme structure

The Biorobotics MSc shares a common core with other world-leading robotics programmes at University of Bristol and include the units “Robotics Research Technology and Methods” (20 credits), “Robotics Systems” (20 credits), and "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" (10 credits).

Beyond this common core, students will specialise in biorobotics through bespoke courses, Biorobotics and Biosystems (20 credits), Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence (10 credits) and Soft Robotics (10 credits).

Throughout the programme students will work towards group projects (20 credits) and a final dissertation (60 credits) related to Biorobotics.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc Biorobotics.

Entry requirements


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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
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Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Biorobotics MSc students will be at the frontier of bio-inspired robotics. This will make them attractive for the broader robotics and AI industry. Their cross-disciplinary understanding of life sciences will further mean they can work in the life science sector looking to embed robotics and AI in their work flow. Their unique view on robotics and life sciences will also ensure they are well-suited to work in and found start-ups, continue with academic research or work with NGOs interested in deploying robots for good.

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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