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MSc Computational Intelligence and Robotics

Course Description

About the course

From understanding the brain to sophisticated robots for search and rescue, advances in this field are having a huge impact on our lives. This course prepares you for a career at the forefront of the discipline, in research or industry.

The course is taught by experts in control and systems engineering, computer science, electronic and electrical engineering and neuroscience. It’s supported by SCENTRO, the Sheffield Centre for Robotics.

Push yourself further

We have cutting edge facilities and technology, including: advanced control
and systems software, modelling, simulation and controller design tools, robotics and a flexible manufacturing systems laboratory, evolutionary computing laboratory and clean facilities for the assembly of satellite instrumentation.

Make your mark

You could pursue a career with a large international organisation or government department. Our graduates work in sectors such as manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy, with companies including British Airways, Jaguar Land Rover, NASA, IBM, Rolls-Royce and Unilever.

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone with the skills to apply their knowledge in industry, anywhere in the world. Our MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Council UK, IET and InstMC. These marks of assurance mean our degrees meet the high standards set by the engineering profession.

A Sheffield masters is a strong foundation for a career in industry or research. We have strong links with industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. Our industrial partners help us to design our courses, making sure you learn the right skills.

Rolls-Royce has a research and development centre here, using our expertise to explore today’s challenges. Our masters students often work side by side with researchers at these facilities.

A stimulating environment

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us No 1 in the UK for research output, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge, and No 3 for overall research excellence. Our world-class reputation attracts highly motivated staff and students.

You’ll be taught by staff who work on real-world projects, developing new ideas – for submarines, robots, Formula One and even space exploration. Their approach to teaching is just as innovative: ideas like the award-winning take-home lab kit and e-puck mobile robotics activities help you develop the problem-solving skills you need for a trailblazing career.

Core modules

You’ll study a mixture of modules in computational neuroscience, machine learning, neural networks, modelling and simulation of natural systems, multi sensor data fusion, adaptive intelligence and robotics.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, tutorials, individual assignments and a major research project. You’re assessed on exams, coursework assignments and a project dissertation.

Visit the MSc Computational Intelligence and Robotics page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The University of Sheffield is offering a number of Postgraduate Taught Scholarships to self funded full and part time students who are liable to pay fees at the home rate and starting their studies in 2014. You do not need to wait for your undergraduate degree classification to apply for a scholarship.This is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups such as those from low income backgrounds and who wouldn’t ordinarily consider going onto postgraduate study for reasons such as access to finance, have caring responsibilities or who come from areas where it is not usual to go to university at all. The University welcomes applications from recent graduates and students who graduated several years ago. Each applicant will be considered for all awards that are applicable but will only be eligible to receive one.
Additional considerations:The Faculty of Engineering aim to increase the number of women studying at postgraduate taught level and as such their scholarships are only for female applicants. Male graduates of the University of Sheffield can apply for the Benefactors Scholarships if they meet the criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Faulty of Engineering has a number of Scholarships available for female UK and EU graduates starting a Masters course in 2014 who did not undertake an undergraduate degree in engineering. If you’re eligible, you could take your masters at Sheffield for FREE.The deadline for 2016 applications will be released shortly.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/finance/pss

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a numerate subject such as engineering, mathematics or physical sciences. To thrive in this degree you’ll need to have excellent mathematical notation and basic computer programming skills. English language requirementsOverall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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