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Robotics - MSc

Course Description

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 Marine and Industrial Dynamic Analysis (MIDAS) 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

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
-ROCO503 Sensors and Actuators
-BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation
-PROJ509 MSc Project
-AINT511 Topics in Advanced Intelligent Robotics
-MECH533 Robotics and Control
-SOFT561 Robot Software Engineering
-AINT513 Robotic Visual Perception and Autonomy
-AINT512 Science and Technology of Human-Robot Interaction

Optional modules
-BPIE502 Electrical/Robotics Masters Industrial Placement

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.

Visit the Robotics - MSc page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Peter Gibbons

645.jpg My Masters was invaluable as a transition between degree level study and starting a PhD. It allowed me to focus my interest and also gave me the necessary skills and confidence required to move into full time research. Robotics appealed to me because it incorporates a wide range of knowledge, is a growing field and has been of general interest to me for many years.

The best thing about the course was the exciting new knowledge which was taught throughout most of the modules. For my MSc project I looked at using vision to enable a robot arm to grasp a highly deformable object such as an item of clothing. The driving force behind the project was the development of a domestic robot that would be able to help with household chores such as the laundry.

Since completing my Masters I have started a PhD at the University of Plymouth to further develop my MSc project. During my PhD I have also become involved with the University's very successful Robot Football Team and regularly give talks about the robotics laboratory and robot football at open days.

My Masters year was one of the hardest years of my life but the rewards it provided and the new knowledge I gained far outweighed the sleepless nights.


Plymouth University graduates - Automatic Postgraduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

This award is available for:Graduates of the University of Plymouth assessed as Home or EU.
Enrolled on a full-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available.
Where the student is self-funded.
Where the student is part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self funded element of the tuition fee only.Please note:The award is not available from postgraduate to postgraduate programmes.
The following programmes are not covered by this postgraduate discount: PGCE programmes and Graduate Diploma in Architecture.
The award of 10% off the fees is only redeemable once, within the first year of the programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A 10% alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties for Home and EU graduates.

Application Procedure

Automatic scholorship.Contact [email protected]

Further Information


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.

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