2020 start


Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Build on your existing knowledge to become an expert in robotics and autonomous systems, with the interdisciplinary skills to join the next generation of engineers.
Swarm robots

Course description

Robotics is increasingly important to a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace, marine and many more. Cyber-physical systems, such as robotics and autonomous systems, the Internet of Things, the smart grid and cloud computing, are being used more widely

This course helps you translate your existing knowledge and skills by developing your knowledge and skills in the key areas of robotics and autonomous systems. You’ll learn about sensing and perception, cognition and autonomy, control and planning and robotic devices and systems.

You’ll be able to apply your skills across many engineering disciplines and you’ll use industry-standard CAD and hardware tools to design and analyse mechatronic systems.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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The core modules for this course build up the interdisciplinary engineering skills you’ll need as an expert in Robotics and Autonomous Systems: 

  • Foundations of Robotics
  • Mechatronics for Robotics
  • Manipulator Robotics
  • Data Modelling and Machine Intelligence
  • Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Intelligent and Vision Systems
  • Multisensor and Decision Systems

Throughout the year you’ll put your engineering knowledge and skills into practice, applying them to a specific problem that interests you, as part of your project and dissertation.


You’ll be taught via a mix of lectures, tutorials, computer and engineering laboratories, fieldwork and independent study.


You’ll be assessed by lab work, practicals and reports, demonstrations, assignments, examinations, classroom and online tests, course work, group projects and a project dissertation.


1 year full-time

Your career

Our courses are informed by our research and our strong links with industry. This MSc is an ideal preparation for students aiming to move onto a PhD and research career, or those who want to work in industry with robotics and autonomous systems. The MSc covers the required technical knowledge and skills, along with wider professional skills such as critical thinking, project management and communication, for graduates to excel in their chosen career.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a numerate subject such as engineering mathematics or physical sciences.

To thrive in this degree you’ll need to have excellent mathematical notation and basic computer programming skills. 

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Roderich Gross

Our new MSc Robotics will provide you with the essential knowledge, understanding and skills that are needed for designing, implementing and deploying the robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) of the future. You will be inspired to think differently and create innovative solutions with the potential to change our lives.

Roderich Gross
Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Computational intelligence


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.