MSc Robotics - Aims and Learning Outcomes

Background

Robotics is an exciting area that brings together research in engineering, computing and neuroscience. Recent advances in how the brain works and applications such as biologically inspired robotics have occurred, in large part, due to a greater understanding of computational intelligence as a unified discipline. You will undertake a broad spectrum of modules related to computational intelligence and robotics including vision, speech, neural networks, mobile robots and autonomous vehicles and computational neuroscience.

You will be taught by world-leading experts from the departments of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, Computer Science, and the neuroscience group in Psychology. The teaching will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, individual assignments and a major research project.

This course provides the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills you will need to meet the demand for experts in computational intelligence and robotics.

Aims

The aims of the programme are to:
1. Provide access to a research biased Masters level degree course in robotics suitable for graduates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
2. Provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the rapidly developing field of computational intelligence and robotics.
3. Develop in students an independence of thought, an intellectual curiosity and a critical approach to evidence, theories and concepts in a research led environment.
4. Provide teaching that is underpinned and invigorated by the research interests of the staff.
5. Improve and augment the existing transferable skills of students, preparing them for a professional research career in computational intelligence, robotics, and related areas.
In addition for the MSc:
Give students the opportunity to undertake a significant research-led project in a particular aspect of computational intelligence and/or robotics.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

On successful completion of the programme, students for the MSc, PGDip and PGCert will have the knowledge and understanding of:
K1 The general principles of computational intelligence and robotics.
K2 Analytical methods relevant to computational intelligence and robotics.
K3 Research methods and scientific techniques relevant to computational intelligence and robotics.
In addition, students for the MSc and PGDip should have:
K4 The state-of-the-art in computational intelligence and robotics including recent developments and the future of the field.
K5 Advanced analytical methods relevant to computational intelligence and robotics.
In addition, students for the MSc should have:
K6 The specialist area of their individual research project.

Skills and other attributes:

On successful completion of the programme, students for the MSc, PGDip and PGCert will be able to:
S1 Gather, organise and critically evaluate information needed to formulate and solve problems.
S2 Apply acquired knowledge effectively and efficiently in computational intelligence, robotics, and related areas.
S3 Display creativity and innovation in solving unfamiliar problems.
S4 Be resourceful, think analytically and construct and sustain logical argument in both oral and written forms.
S5 Carry out individual directed and self-directed study, and participate effectively in group activities.
In addition, students for the MSc will be able to:
S6 Plan and execute a major research based project.
S7 Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms the outcomes of the individual research project.