Tom Homer – current student case study

Tom, a current MSc Autonomous Systems student, talks about how studying this programme at Plymouth will benefit his career

“The autonomy industry is set to grow massively in the future and become even more incorporated into everyday life. Autonomy is a rapidly advancing field of engineering and this programme will put me in a strong position for my engineering career.”

What made you decide to pursue an MSc?

I enjoyed studying my bachelors in mechanical engineering and wanted to take my engineering knowledge to masters level. I also wanted to choose a postgraduate programme that was in a different field to my undergraduate course to give the best of both worlds and open up more options in industry.


What made you choose this one?

The autonomy industry is set to grow massively in the future and become even more incorporated into everyday life. Autonomy is a rapidly advancing field of engineering and this programme will put me in a strong position for my engineering career.


What do you enjoy most about the programme?

I love the fact it is practical by using industry-grade software, it gives you a solid idea how you will use the software in industry. We also had a practical working with sensors, which was a lot of fun and we were able to have some hands-on work despite the COVID restrictions.


What do you hope to do after the course?

I am currently not 100% sure, but I know this MSc will open up options I would not have had before upon completion, but whatever I do, it will be exciting and an excellent extension to my current engineering knowledge.


What will the course enable you to do that you wouldn't have been able to do otherwise?

This course has taken my studies up to masters level and opened more doors for future opportunities. It has also given me a solid foundation in autonomy and robotics using different software, which is an excellent contrast to what I studied in my bachelors.


What advice would you give to somebody wanting to pursue an MSc in this field?

Never be afraid to ask questions and enjoy the course. Don’t be in a hurry to finish it so soon and forget about it, as everything taught does have practicality in industry.


What are the advantages of studying this MSc at Plymouth?

The Autonomous Systems MSc can be done full time or part time, which makes it much more flexible around other commitments. The staff are approachable and will happily answer any questions you might have, whether by email or in person.

Autonomous systems will increasingly be adopted into every aspect of our daily lives

The future of autonomy, in the transport sector alone, is projected to grow tenfold to over US$550 billion by 2026. 

Plymouth is fast becoming a global centre for excellence in marine and robotic autonomy systems development. You will have the opportunity to use our specialist laboratories including the COAST and Robotics Laboratory for your dissertation.

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