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Robotics Technology (MSc)

Course Description

Are you a future leader in the robotics and intelligent automation industry? Through an extended project sequence delivered collaboratively with Carnegie Mellon University, USA, you’ll apply robotics innovation and research in a real-world setting by taking a project idea from inception through to realisation. With our professional masters degree under your belt, you’ll excel as an expert in robotics principles and practices, automation science, software, engineering and management.

Key features

Graduate as an ethical leader or entrepreneur, dedicated to sustainable social and economic development through robotics technology.

Experience both UK and US academic environments by spending your second year studying at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, USA. Our unique programme is delivered in collaboration with CMU which is recognised for its leading arts, sciences, and engineering programs.

Benefit from close mentoring by CMU staff in your second year while you design your project application and implementation plan.
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 Robotic and Neural Systems (CRNS). Our teaching is underpinned by research and industrial strengths in these areas and both CRNS and MIDAS have contacts with major UK robotics companies.

Benefit by combining disciplines that are traditionally taught separately. You’ll graduate with the expertise and joined-up knowledge to design and develop fully integrated mechanical, electronic, control and computing systems.

Course details

Your first year is delivered at Plymouth where you’ll gain deep theoretical and practical knowledge of robotics with an emphasis on mobility and interaction. You’ll cover control and design, interfacing between real-world devices, autonomous processing and evaluation of acquired information, as well as interaction with the user and intelligent decision making. 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.

In your second year you’ll study at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh USA*. You’ll enhance your knowledge of sustainable development, leadership, technology application and industry-oriented project completion. Here you will benefit from close mentoring by CMU staff while you design your project application and implementation plan. You’ll also cover advanced mechanics, computer vision, mobile robot design, programming and development and select from modules which will increase your technical knowledge and expertise. In addition, you’ll have opportunity to build real-world experience in business, resource, and cultural environments worldwide by completing an industrial placement during the summer between years one and two.


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If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas candidates applying to the University from our International Admissions Team via

International applicants

If you have an overseas qualification, you can check your compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required.

Visit the Robotics Technology (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a technical subject such as robotics, computing, engineering (mechanical / electrical / electronic), physics or mathematics. A minimum of grade C in English language at GCSE level or 7.5 IELTS score (with scores of 5.5 in each band). You must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. Recommendation letters are required, and a sound understanding of mathematics (A level) and familiarity with a programming language such as C, C++, Java or similar.

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