School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

MSc Robotics

Be inspired to innovate and develop the robots, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems of tomorrow’s world. Gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge from our world-leading experts in interactive and intelligent robotics, and graduate ready to pursue an exciting career in anything from home automation to deep sea or space exploration. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain invaluable industry experience and cultivate professional contacts on an integral work placement.

Key features

  • Enhance your employability and grow your professional network with an optional integral work placement. You can choose to work in the UK, or overseas in countries including France, Germany or Japan. 
  • 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).
  • Become a professional in your field – this programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • 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.


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 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 investigate user interaction and intelligent decision-making and immerse yourself in an 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
    • AINT511 Topics in Advanced Intelligent Robotics

      The objective of this module is to introduce the research activities of the Centre for Robotic and Neural System (CRNS). It will be taught by CNRS members who will lead a number of thematic workshops on their areas of expertise, such as developmental and evolutionary robotics, Brain-inspired architectures and learning methods. The module also covers scientific research methods and data analysis.

    • AINT512 Science and Technology of Human-Robot Interaction

      The objective of this module is to introduce the science and technology behind human-machine interaction. Techniques including designing natural language interfaces, non-verbal communication, and design of social robots. The module also covers the science of verbal and non-verbal interaction, underpinning the technical design consideration. Delivery consists of lectures, combined with project-based practicals.

    • AINT513 Robotic Visual Perception and Autonomy

      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 also presents models of autonomous and intelligent behaviour

    • BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement as part of their masters programme. It is designed to assist students in their search for a placement, and preparation for the placement itself.

    • MECH533 Robotics and Control

      This module introduces basic and advanced techniques in Control Systems Design and Industrial Robotics.

    • PROJ509 MSc 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

    • ROCO503 Sensors and Actuators

      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 has a strong hands-on component.

    • SOFT561 Robot Software Engineering

      In this module students will develop applications involving interconnected hardware devices and software capabilities. Devices will 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.

  • Final year
  • Optional modules
    • BPIE502 Electrical/Robotics Masters Industrial Placement

      This module enables students to take a lengthy placement linked to their programme. Assessment is based on Progress Reports, Regional Tutor evaluation, Employer evaluation and self-evaluation via reflective report (or portfolio).

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:

MSc Robotics Programme Specification 2558

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 2:2 in a technical subject.

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

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £6,500 To be confirmed
International £13,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £350 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Institution of Engineering and Technology

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) so you are eligible to apply for a number of IET scholarships.

International students

Scholarships are available for international students.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are 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 have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. 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.

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

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

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.

Since graduating, Baptiste has started working for Smart Me Up, a French start-up company, as an optimisation software engineer.

Read more about Baptiste Arnou

Women in robotics

Within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics there has been a historic and consistent commitment to promote and encourage women in to 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 robotic engineering

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

UK Robotics Week with Plymouth University

To celebrate Robotics Week, Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University.
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

Robot football team, RoboCup 2014, Brazil

Dr Guido Bugmann, Associate Professor

Dr Guido Bugmann’s research interests include human-robot communication using natural language, artificial vision for robot navigation, brain modelling and neural networks, and personal robotics.

Dr Bugmann has three patents and over 140 publications in areas such as service robotics, neural systems and spoken interfaces.

Read more about Dr Bugmann’s teaching and research interests

Programme team

GREAT scholarship for students of Indian nationality

Level/course of study: any post graduate taught degree programme. 

Minimum eligibility criteria for consideration for award: Students of Indian nationality with a first class with distinction (70 per cent) or equivalent in their undergraduate degree.

Value of award: £5,000

Application: Please complete the GREAT application form above and return this, along with all requested documents, to the email address specified. 

Please note: You must already hold an offer from the Plymouth University for September 2017 entry, for a postgraduate taught degree programme, before completing and submitting this form. Please do not complete or submit this form if you do not hold a relevant offer, as your application will not be considered. See terms and conditions for details. 

Closing date for award: 30 June 2017.

Masters placement student - Charanjeet Singh Vaseir

The support services at Plymouth are second to none. Throughout my course so far and during the process to extend my visa and prepare for my placement, I've had the benefit of experienced advisers who have all encouraged me to go for it.

Read more about Charanjeet Vaseir