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Robotics - MRes

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 deliver this MRes, which uniquely covers the whole spectrum of potential RAS areas and application.

Degree information

The programme teaches students the essentials of robotic and computational tools for robotics and autonomous systems. The key aim of the principal project thesis is to cultivate a deep understanding of robotics research, with a particular focus on a specific research topic in robotics and autonomous systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), and a dissertation/report (105 credits).

Core modules
-Robotic Systems Engineering

Optional modules
-Robotic Control Theory and Systems
-Robotic Sensing, Manipulation and Interaction
-Robotic Vision and Navigation
-Numerical Optimisation
-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 exercices.


Robotics is a growing field encompassing many technologies with tremendous opportunities for research and development both in industry and in academia, and with diverse applications across different industrial sectors spanning manufacturing, security, mining, design, transport, exploration and healthcare. Graduates from our MRes programme will will have project-focused experience and knowledge in robotics and the underpinning computational and analytical fundamentals. These skills will position graduates to be well placed to undertake PhD studies or industrial research and development 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.

The MRes will develop skills widely relevant to a career in engineering industries and analytical problem-solving occupations. Graduates with skills to develop new robotics solutions and solve computational challenges in automation are likely to be in high 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 - MRes 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 engineering, or the physical sciences. Students should also have some experience with a programming language such as C/C++, Jave, Python or Matlab. Appropriate industrial experience may also be considered.

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