School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

MRes Robotics

Launch yourself into the robotics research environment and develop the skills and confidence to conduct your own in-depth research project. Gain current, advanced theoretical and practical knowledge from our world-leading experts in intelligent and interactive robotics. You’ll graduate ready for a future in the fast-moving world of personal and service robotics and with the skills to further your research to PhD level.

Key features

  • Immerse yourself in an individual research project and learn how to communicate your motivation, methodology, and conclusions through a formal dissertation and summary paper.
  • Get up-to-date with the latest developments in artificial life and intelligence, adaptive behaviour, information visualisation, neural computation, and dynamic systems, as well as remote access and monitoring systems. Our seminars series with speakers from industry and academia gives you the opportunity to keep ahead in this fast-moving field.
  • Give yourself the edge. Our programme distinguishes itself from other robotics masters programmes, in the UK and abroad, by ensuring a deeper theoretical and practical knowledge of interactive and intelligent robotics.
  • Expand your skills with first-class facilities including 3D rapid prototyping systems, in-house PCB design and assembly tools, and our award winning Plymouth Humanoid robots.
  • Get expert training from members of the Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group and the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS). 
  • Benefit by combining disciplines that are traditionally taught separately. You’ll graduate ready with the expertise and joined-up knowledge to design and develop fully integrated mechanical, electronic, control and computing systems.
  • Become a professional in your field – this programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • The taught elements of this programme are also delivered to students on Year 1 of the MSc Robotics Technology programme.
  • Postgraduate scholarships for international students: you can apply for a postgraduate scholarship from the UK government to cover things like course fees and the cost of living when you study in the UK. For more information, details on how to apply and confirmed closing dates for applications, please visit Gov.uk. 

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • On this programme you’ll gain a solid and broad understanding of the latest developments and issues in robotics. You’ll build advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of control and design as well as covering the interface between real-world devices, autonomous processing and evaluation of acquired information. You’ll learn how to search, critically appraise and identify relevant research literature. You’ll also gain expertise in project management and personal effectiveness whilst immersing yourself in a substantial and innovative project inspired by the latest developments in technology and society. You’ll have access to a robotics club and to a seminar series so that you can keep up-to-date with advances in the industry and academia.
    Core modules
    • PROJ510 MRes Project

      The student will complete a research project of their choosing (from a Project Catalogue - or self-proposed), and communicate their motivation, methodology, and conclusions through a formal dissertation and presentation of a paper summarising their dissertation

    Optional modules
    • AINT515 Artificial Vision and Deep Learning

      This module will provide an advanced knowledge of artificial vision systems for autonomous robots. It will be underpinned by current theoretical understanding of animal vision systems and computational models. This module will introduce the use of deep-learning neural networks in vision systems.

    • AINT516 Topics in Advanced Intelligent Robotics

      This module introduces the research activities of the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS). It is taught by CRNS members who lead thematic workshops on their own areas of expertise, such as swarm robotics, cognitive robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, and bio-inspired cognitive architectures. The module also covers scientific research methods and data analysis.

    • ROCO506 Science and Technology of Autonomous Vehicles

      This module focuses on both theoretical principles and practical methodologies of robotic perception, mapping and navigation aiming at providing ground vehicles with multiple degrees of autonomy. In addition, advanced technologies from statistics, vision and machine learning will be analysed. The module will then focus on the implementation of these technologies on real platforms to close the perceive-reason-act loop.

    • ROCO507 Advanced Robot Design and Prototyping

      This module aims to give the students a theoretical and practical understanding of designing and building advanced robot assemblies and mechanisms, through engineering and bioinspired approaches.

    • ROCO508 Intelligent Sensors and Control for Autonomous Systems

      The module covers a range of classical and smart sensors and actuators, which can be applied in interactive and automated system, with emphasis on several key sensors. This module introduces the basic and advanced concepts of linear and nonlinear modelling analysis and design of intelligent control systems. This module has a strong hands-on component.

    • SOFT564 Software Engineering for Distributed and Interactive Systems

      In this module, students will develop applications involving interconnected hardware devices and software capabilities. Devices include both embedded and networked computers. Capabilities include sensor data acquisition, actuator control, and behaviour generation. The module will cover both theory and practical work, including management of code complexity, and dealing with real-time and reliability issues.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MRes Robotics rogramme specification 2559

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2.1) in a technical subject such as robotics, computing, engineering (mechanical / electrical/ electronic), physics or mathematics.

Students with advanced standing who can evidence an academic ability to a similar level may also be considered.

Applicants will also be asked to provide evidence of: a sound understanding of A level mathematics (linear algebra, calculus, differential equations), basic knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems, basic competency in a programming language such as Python, C, C++, Java or similar. Basic skills in electrical engineering would be a plus.

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, which provides an advisory service.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,500 £9,800
International £14,400 £14,800
Part time (Home/EU) £550 £550
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Student insight - Peter Gibbons

My masters year was one of the hardest years of my life but the rewards it provided and the new knowledge I gained far outweighed the sleepless nights.

Baptiste Arnou - MSc Robotics graduate

Studying at Plymouth gave me confidence as I found that I could learn new things by myself. There are a lot of activities related to the robotic field that should interest anybody who wants to study in this area.
Read more about Baptiste Arnou

UK Robotics Week with the University of Plymouth

To celebrate Robotics Week, the University of Plymouth organised an afternoon comprising presentations, lab demonstrations and a discussion on robotics and artificial intelligence.

The event was organised by the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS).

Research - Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS)

The centre builds on world-leading excellence in computer science, robotics and neural systems research. Staff at the centre coordinate large projects and collaborate with major international centres in cognitive robotics and computational neuroscience.
Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS)

Research - Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group

The Autonomous Marine Systems (AMS) Research Group is a focal point for inter disciplinary studies and inter-school collaborations particularly with the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory within the University of Plymouth.
Find out more about the group

Robot football

Since 2005, we have been developing humanoid robots for teaching, research and international competition in both RoboCup football and FIRA athletics events.

We now have over 20 Plymouth humanoids used routinely for teaching, final year student projects and competitions.

Find out more about our robot football team

Scott robot

Women in electronics and robotics

Within the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics there has been a historic and consistent commitment to promote and encourage women in to electronics and robotics.

We are striving to eliminate the gender imbalance that exists nationally in the engineering sector.

Find out more about some of our women in electronic and robotic engineering

Left to right: Rithika Venkatesan, Chiara Rivetti, Jane Sheard, Katherine Page-Bailey

Programme team