MSc Robotics

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full time;
two years part time
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time students must be available to attend teaching activities during the normal core hours, Monday to Friday.
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

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 to health, to remote exploration of hostile environments (such as space and the deep sea), and as autonomous and semi-autonomous systems that can physically and socially interact with people.

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 - the UK's most comprehensive robotics innovation facility and a world-leading centre of robotics research.

The programme is jointly delivered by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, both based in the city of 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 these two Universities with a vision to transform robotics by pioneering advances in autonomous robot systems that can behave intelligently with minimal human supervision.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units (list subject to approval)

  • Robotics Systems
  • Robot Mechanics, Intelligence and Programming
  • Robotics Research Preparation
  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Technology and Context of Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence

Optional units

You will select from the following:

  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Uncertainty Modelling for Intelligent Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and Logic Programming
  • Design Verification
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Animation Production
  • Communication Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing Systems
  • Advanced DSP and FPGA Implementation
  • Statistical Pattern Recognition
  • Control Theory
  • Advanced Techniques in Multidisciplinary Design 
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Virtual Product Development 
  • Biomechanics
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Sensory ecology
  • Transport modelling
  • Electromechanical Systems Integration
  • Advanced Control and Dynamics

NB: Students' choice of optional units will be dependent upon their academic background, agreement with the Programme Director and timetable availability


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.  Bristol Robotics Laboratory has a number of themes from which projects may be chosen including:

  • 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
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Unconventional Computation in Robots
  • Verification and Validation for Safety in Robots

Further information is available on the Faculty of Engineering's web pages.

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.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in an Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related subject. Other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Robotics is a huge field spanning areas such as Electronics, Mechanics, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology and Biology. A few career opportunities include: Automotive industry, aerospace industry, advanced manufacturing, deep sea exploration, space exploration, food manufacture, pharmaceutical production and industrial quality control.

How to apply
Application deadline:

21 August 2016
Early application recommended; the programme will close once full.

International students

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REF 2014 results

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