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The MSc Robotics programme at Heriot-Watt University offers an exciting opportunity to delve into the world of robotics and autonomous systems. In just one year, students will gain in-depth knowledge of core robotics techniques, from kinematics to robot control and navigation. They will also receive extensive training in robot programming and have the chance to apply their skills through hands-on project work. With flexibility in module options, students can specialize in specific areas of interest. The programme's strong industry focus ensures graduates are equipped to excel in the rapidly growing field of robotics. Entry requirements include a numerate background and an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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Overview of Programme 

MSc Robotics at Heriot-Watt University provides you with industry-relevant training in core elements of modern robotics and autonomous systems. 

This one-year postgraduate master’s degree in Robotics is linked to the United Kingdom’s (UK's) National Robotarium and will equip you to work in industry and wider society in areas where robots can be used to improve productivity, transform transportation, work in extreme environments, and improve quality of life. 

Studying MSc Robotics will allow you to: 

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Entry Requirements

A first class or upper second honours degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science or other relevant disciplines with a numerate background and sufficient computer programming experience. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


UK Student - Full Time: £10,736
Overseas Student - Full Time: £26,976

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Sara Cooper

"There is not a place like the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, joint centre of Heriot-Watt and University of Edinburgh. They have so much expertise, so many robots and facilities. I could learn a bit of everything - from AI, foundation of robotics, Internet Of Things to, most interesting for me, social robotics."


A 20% discount is applicable to postgraduate taught courses across all of our global campuses for all Heriot-Watt alumni who have previously been registered for one year or more on a Heriot-Watt degree programme. This great offer is also applicable to those who would like to study their postgraduate taught degree with Heriot-Watt Online.

This scheme is also open to former visiting (study abroad) students who have studied at Heriot-Watt for one or more semesters.

This discount is automatically applied once you have applied to your chosen course and will be part of the offer letter sent to you if your application is successful.

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20% discount


You need to have taken your undergraduate degree at Heriot-Watt but all alumni are welcome to be included

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A number of SFC (Scottish Funding Council) Key Skills Funded Places are available for students resident in Scotland. These fully-funded places cover the tuition fees for the following postgraduate programmes that meet the skills demands from key sectors of industry:

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Scottish residents.

For energy-related MSc programmes and MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering and MSc Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices.

Application Procedure

Simply state in the online application form that you believe to be eligible and wish to be considered

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The FFWG offer a number of grants for women studying or researching for any postgraduate qualification

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The aim of the Black Voices Project is to bring more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students to Heriot-Watt and ensure that our students, regardless of ethnicity, have a positive experience. The project has two parts:
- Appointing four BME Advocates to provide visible championing and facilitate safe spaces for BME students.
- Providing up to 40 scholarships for BME students.

We are now taking applications for at least nine scholarships starting in the academic year 2024/25. This scholarship will provide £1000 per year for a maximum of four years and will be paid in two instalments during the year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000 per year


To apply you must be:
- either a current or prospective student at any level (Undergraduate and all Postgraduate qualifications). Prospective students must hold an offer to study with Heriot-Watt starting in 2024/25;
- from a Black or Minority Ethnic background;
- and classed as paying either Scottish or UK tuition Fees.

In order for us to support as many students as possible, you cannot receive more than one bursary that is funded by Heriot-Watt University. If you are already receiving a bursary from Heriot-Watt we will not include your application in the shortlist process.

Application Procedure

Submit your application on our application form.

Please note before you apply, due to the limited number of scholarships available, as part of the application we are asking for information on your personal circumstances. This is to try to ensure that the scholarships are given to those who will benefit the most. The information given in the application will not be used for any other purposes.

Applications will open from 5 February and will close at 17.00 on Sunday 5 May 2024.

If you are unsure if you are eligible or have any questions, please email

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