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Robotics and Computation - MSc

Course Description

Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) are set to shape innovation in the 21st century, underpinning research in a wide range of challenging areas: the ageing population, efficient health care, safer transport, and secure energy. The UCL edge in scientific excellence, industrial collaboration and cross-sector activities make it ideally placed to drive IT robotics and automation education in the UK.

Degree information

The programme provides an overview of robotic and computational tools for robotics and autonomous systems as well as their main computational components: kinetic chains, sensing and awareness, control systems, mapping and navigation. Optional modules in machine learning, human-machine interfaces and computer vision help students grasp fields related to robotics more closely, while the project thesis allows students to focus on a specific research topic in depth.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules
-Robotic Control Theory and Systems
-Robotic Sensing, Manipulation and Interaction
-Robotic Systems Engineering
-Robotic Vision and Navigation

Optional modules
-Acquisition and Processing of 3D Geometry
-Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction
-Artificial Intelligence and Neural Computing
-Image Processing
-Inverse Problems in Imaging
-Machine Vision
-Mathematical Methods, Algorithmics and Implementations
-Probabilistic and Unsupervised Learning
-Research Methods and Reading
-Supervised Learning
-Other selected modules available within UCL Computer Science
-Students also choose two elective MSc modules from across UCL Computer Science, UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering, UCL Mechanical Engineering and UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 30,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered by lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, projects and seminars. Assessment is through examination, individual and group projects and presentations, and design exercises.


Robotics is a growing field encompassing many technologies with applications across different industrial sectors, and spanning manufacturing, security, mining, design, transport, exploration and healthcare. Graduates from our MSc programme will have diverse job opportunities in the international marketplace with their knowledge of robotics and the underpinning computational and analytical fundamentals that are highly valued in the established and emerging economies. Students will also be well placed to undertake PhD studies in robotics and computational research specific to robotics but translational across different analytical disciplines or applied fields that will be influenced by new robotic technologies and capabilities.

This programme prepares students to enter a robotics-related industry or any other occupation requiring engineering or analytical skills. Graduates with skills to develop new robotics solutions and solve computational challenges in automation are likely to be in demand globally.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL was ranked first in the UK for computer science and informatics in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).

With the external project involvement anticipated, students on this programme will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with key companies in the industry - Airbus, Shadow Hand, OC Robotics and Intuitive Surgical - and work on real-world problems through industry-supported projects.

Recent investment across UCL in the Faculty of Engineering and The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment has created the infrastructure for an exciting robotics programme, which will be interdisciplinary and unique within the UK and Europe.

Visit the Robotics and Computation - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must be:
- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a highly quantitative subject such as computer science, mathematics, electrical or electronic engineering, or the physical sciences. Students should also have some experience with a programming language such as C/C++, Java, Python or Matlab. Appropriate industrial experience may also be considered.

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