MSc Aerial Robotics
The MSc Aerial Robotics will provide you with the knowledge required to become an innovator in aerial robotic systems and tackle the latest challenges for Uncrewed Air Vehicles (UAVs) or drones, from urban utility operations through to remote scientific investigation. Foundational skills such as flight dynamics, control and avionics will be complemented with disruptive technologies such as autonomous navigation and bio-inspiration.
This programme will expose you to a wide range of advanced engineering and computer science concepts and offers the opportunity to apply these to an aerial robotics project. Flight testing may be carried out at one of our world-class facilities including an indoor flight arena at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory or the outdoor flying site at Fenswood, Long Ashton.
The University of Bristol has a long history associated with aerospace, with the city providing a home to Airbus, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ, Leonardo helicopters and a range of smaller SMEs. Drawing on this expertise, the Aerial Robotics programme will cover not only conventional vehicle design and onboard systems, but wider supporting robotics technologies including AI, ethics and the legal framework in which they operate.
MSc Aerial Robotics will also emphasise a systems approach, considering integration at technology, operational and environmental levels. Graduates will be able to deliver cutting-edge drone research and development in a variety of contexts.
The programme comprises a number of core and optional units. During your second term, you will start working on a substantial piece of research work that will make up one third of your overall MSc. This will be working in partnership with one of our aerospace industry partners or aligned with one of our existing aerial robotics research projects. There are a wide range of different themes from which projects may be chosen, from advanced control through to bio-inspired technologies and commercial applications.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc Aerial Robotics.
An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any subject. All applicants must demonstrate programming experience in either C/C++, Java, Python or MATLAB. This can be demonstrated by a module titled in either C/C++, Java Python or MATLAB, work experience or can be self taught. For degrees that do not contain a specific module in one of the required languages, applicants must provide a written programming statement to outline their experience using C/C++, Python, MATLAB or Java.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:
- evidence of significant, relevant work experience;
- a relevant postgraduate qualification.
If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £15,100 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £7,550 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £32,900 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
The programme covers the core technologies and underlying theory that is needed to support the rapidly growing commercial market in drones and small urban air mobility. Career opportunities include SME and large industrial manufacturers, research institutions, operators, regulatory bodies and the transport sector.