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Robotics with a Foundation Year MEng

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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Course description

If you don't have the scientific or mathematical background for our engineering degrees this degree with a foundation year is for you. The foundation year will build your skills and knowledge in related areas to ensure you're ready to move on to your degree.

You'll study modules in mathematics, further mathematics, physics and engineering. Each of these will introduce you to the key concepts and skills in the subject, from calculus to the structure of atoms, and your engineering module will give you the chance to apply this knowledge practically as well as introducing core engineering principles.

After successfully completing your foundation year you'll be able to progress to the first year of the four-year MEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering.

Your robotics degree

Robotics is a highly interdisciplinary branch of engineering, which requires technical skills from a range of engineering disciplines. During the degree you'll be taught by academics who are active researchers in robotics and mechatronics. You'll develop skills in designing, analysing and testing robots, autonomous vehicles and other complex electro-mechanical systems. In the last two years of the degree you'll have the opportunity to tailor your course to suit your interests with optional modules.

During the degree you'll also get a chance to work with students across the University's faculties of engineering and science. You'll take part in the Global Engineering Challenge: a week-long team project where you'll find creative solutions to a real-world engineering problem. You'll also be able to get involved in extracurricular activities. Current projects include designing and building payloads for satellites and rovers, and developing autonomous vehicles and rockets.

Other options for you:

Once you've successfully completed your foundation year you could choose to progress to the three-year BEng instead. You might also be able to switch to another degree in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. Your course gives you the flexibility to spend a year studying abroad or a year in industry.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Measurement and Control. Our MEng degrees meet all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Modules

After successfully completing the foundation year modules, you can start your main degree.

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Title: Robotics with a Foundation Year MEng course structure
UCAS code: H659
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics

The syllabus for MAS003 covers the common core A Level curriculum. The unit is tailored for students who have been away from mathematics for a period of time, but who will have gained some A-Level or similar qualifications. The unit covers the basic principles of algebra, geometry and calculus. Following the introduction of new material in the lectures, students have the opportunity of extensive problem solving, both in the tutorial sessions with the lecturers and in their own time.

40 credits
Introduction to Engineering

This module will introduce the application of engineering principles to foundation year students and give the student an appreciation of the breadth of engineering activities across the faculty and identify to students what knowledge areas and skills are needed in order to contribute to their development and be successful. It will also help create links with departments and draw on the other modules that students will take in the foundation year especially maths and physics.

40 credits
Further Foundation Mathematics

The syllabus for MAS004 covers important material which appears on the A level maths and further mathematics A Level curriculum. The module is for students who are taking MAS003 and need a deeper background in mathematics for their degree course. The module covers advanced principles of algebra, geometry and calculus. Following the introduction of new material, students have the opportunity of extensive problem solving, both in the problem classes with tutors and in their own time.

10 credits
Foundations of Physics

PHY009 provides students with the foundations of Physics required to enter the first year of a regular Physics or other scientific degree course, or an engineering course where detailed knowledge of Physics is needed. Understanding will be developed in 3 lectures per week over a full academic year. Problem solving and example classes are integrated into lectures. The following topics will be covered: Dynamics/Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism; Thermal Physics; Oscillations, Waves, and Optics; Properties of Matter; Atomic and Nuclear Physics. As PHY009 teaches no practical Physics, this module is complemented by the 10 credit laboratory module FCE002 for most science foundation year students (except for foundation year students leading to a Mathematics undergraduate programme) or FCE001 for engineering foundation year students. The greatest advances in technology have taken place in the last hundred years. In 1897 few would have imagined that the probing of materials at the atomic level would reveal so much. These early discoveries of atomic constituents and their structure would pave the way for semi-conductor electronics, develop key concepts in physical laws, and offer a replacement energy source for fossil fuels in the form of nuclear power. This course summarises key discoveries in early particle physics and combines historical background with the detailed physics understanding needed to fully appreciate the subject. These full modules aim to provide a sound foundation in Physics in preparation for Level 1 Physics modules. It introduces (i) Properties of Matter, (ii) Oscillations, waves & optics and (iii) Atomic and Nuclear Physics. (i) Properties of Matter discusses structural, mechanical and electrical properties in terms of simple models. (ii) treats vibration and waves introducing the concepts of wavelength, frequency and wave speed. (iii) discusses the physics of the atom, including historical aspects, the electron, the photo-electric effect, Bohr¿s atomic model, nuclear structure and radioactivity.

30 credits
Foundations of Physics with Computing

This module will introduce essential concepts in mechanics and electronics in the context of computer science, to develop an understanding of real world interactions with electro-mechanical devices and producing simplified programming code.

30 credits

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

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Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
BBB; BBC
BBB (no STEM at A Level); BBB, including Maths or a science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology); BBC, including Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology

International Baccalaureate | 32 (no STEM at Higher Level); 32, with Maths or a science at Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 7; 31, with Maths and a science at Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 7

BTEC | DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + GCSE Science grade 6/B and Maths grade 7/A + successful completion of Maths test

Scottish Highers | AABBB (no STEM subjects); AABBB, including Maths or a science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology); ABBBB, including Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + BB (no STEM at A Level); B + BB. including Maths or a science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology); B + BC in Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject and 45 credits at Level 3 with 24 at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Maths and 21 credits at Merit. You must also have either: grade 7/A in GCSE Maths, grade C in AS Level Maths or grade D in A Level Maths. You will need to successfully complete a maths test. Applicants are considered individually

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English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

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Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • An additional maths test is required for BTEC, Access to HE Diploma applicants and students with no A Level or equivalent in Maths or a science. Please contact the department for more information

  • If you have A Level BBB with no STEM or equivalent, you will need grade 6/B in GCSE Science and 7/A in GCSE Maths + the successful completion of a Maths test; if you have A Level BBB with Maths at A Level or equivalent, you will need grade 6/B in GCSE Science; if you have A Level BBB with a science or equivalent, you will need grade 6/B in GCSE Maths

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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We are the only department in the UK dedicated to Control and Systems Engineering.

We are home to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre and have research contracts with major institutions like the European Space Agency, as well as our many academic and industrial partners. These connections mean our teaching is based on the latest thinking.

Facilities

Our facilities include a robotics, real-time systems, and control and power systems laboratory, as well as a state-of-the-art electronics and control lab in the Diamond.

Science and Engineering Foundation Year

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Graduate careers

Robotics with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng

Graduates of our Automatic Control and Systems Engineering degrees go on to become professional engineers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy. They have worked with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Thales. Our graduates can expect an above-average starting salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2017).

During your degree you'll have plenty of opportunities to enhance your employability. You can choose to go on a placement in industry, either during the summer or as a year in industry. Or you could consider studying abroad, either for a full year, or as part of a summer school. We also have extracurricular projects where you can work with other engineering and science students to design and build rockets, submersible robots, autonomous payloads for satellites, rovers and more. You could also take part in a scheme for undergraduates where you work on research projects with academics over the summer period.

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Our courses prepare you for a career where you'll apply your creative problem-solving skills and your understanding of engineering principles to the real world, while working in multidisciplinary teams. These transferable skills can be applied in many sectors across the breadth of engineering and beyond.

During your degree you'll have plenty of opportunities to enhance your employability. You can choose to go on a placement in industry, either during the summer or as a year in industry. Or you could consider studying abroad, either for a full year, or as part of a summer school.

We also have extracurricular projects where you can work with other engineering and science students to design and build rockets, submersible robots, autonomous payloads for satellites, rovers and more. You could also take part in a scheme for undergraduates where you work on research projects with academics over the summer period.

Graduates from all of our courses are highly employable and work all over the world for companies such as Arup, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover, Thales and IBM. They go on to become professional engineers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy.

You can expect an above-average starting salary of £27,900 per annum (DLHE, 2017).

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