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Course content

The MSc in Robotics will provide you with the ability to understand, design and implement modern robotic systems. Robotics is increasingly prominent in a variety of sectors, from manufacturing and health to remote exploration of hostile environments such as space and the deep sea, and as autonomous and semi-autonomous systems that interact with people physically and socially.

This programme exposes you to a wide range of advanced engineering and computer science concepts, with the opportunity to carry out a practical robot project at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, one of the UK's most comprehensive robotics innovation facilities and a leading centre of robotics research.

The programme is jointly awarded and jointly delivered by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, both based in Bristol, and therefore draws on the combined expertise, facilities and resources of the two universities. The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a collaborative research partnership between the two universities with a vision to transform robotics by pioneering advances in autonomous robot systems that can behave intelligently with minimal human supervision.

Programme structure

Your course will cover the following core subjects:
-Robotics systems
-Robotic fundamentals
-Intelligent adaptive systems
-Robotics research preparation
-Image processing and computer vision
-Technology and context of robotics and autonomous systems
-Bio-inspired artificial intelligence

Typically you will be able to select from the following optional subjects:
-Computational neuroscience
-Uncertainty modelling for intelligent systems
-Introduction to artificial intelligence
-Learning in autonomous systems
-Design verification
-Animation production
-Advanced DSP and FPGA implementation
-Statistical pattern recognition
-Control theory
-Advanced techniques in multidisciplinary design
-Advanced dynamics
-Virtual product development
-Sensory ecology
-Transport modelling
-Electromechanical systems integration
-Advanced control and dynamics

Please note that your choice of optional units will be dependent on your academic background, agreement with the programme director and timetable availability.

During your second semester, you will start working on a substantial piece of research work that will make up one third of the overall MSc. It is possible to work on this project at Bristol Robotics Laboratory or in conjunction with one of our many industrial partners. Within the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, there are a number of themes from which projects may be chosen, including:
-Aerial robots
-Assisted living
-Bioenergy and self-sustainable systems
-Biomimetics and neuro-robotics
-Medical robotics
-Nonlinear robotics
-Robot vision
-Safe human-robot interaction
-Self-reparing robotic systems
-Smart automation
-Soft robotics
-Swarm robotics
-Tactile robotics
-Unconventional computation in robots
-Verification and validation for safety in robots

Further information is available from the Faculty of Engineering.

NB: Teaching for this programme is delivered at both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England campuses. Students attending the programme will be given free transport passes to travel between the two universities.


Robotics is a huge field spanning areas such as electronics, mechanics, software engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, psychology and biology. Career opportunities include: automotive industry, aerospace industry, advanced manufacturing, deep sea exploration, space exploration, food manufacture, pharmaceutical production and industrial quality control.

Visit the Robotics MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!






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