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Msc / PG Dip / PG Cert Automation and Computer Vision

Course Description

Developed by the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, this Masters gives students unique exposure to world-leading robotics research, real-life automation and computer vision projects, and the opportunity for placements in UK companies to work on topical industry problems.

The last 20 years have seen a phenomenal growth in the development and application of computer and machine vision technology. With increasingly complex applications across diverse areas, including manufacturing, security and medicine, there is a growing need for professionals who can evaluate, design and implement technically appropriate and economically viable automation systems for enhancing quality and productivity.

The MSc in Automation and Computer Vision at UWE Bristol is one of the very few postgraduate courses that brings together both of these disciplines into one industry-focused, research-informed Masters.

Key benefits

Some students may be able to do an industry placement as part of their dissertation. Projects will be focused on real problems companies are working on. Those that don't go down the industry route will work at UWE Bristol on a topical research problem.

Course detail

The course provides a unique combination of these two overlapping disciplines, with a strong emphasis on robotics hardware for solving 'real-world' problems. You will develop both the technical knowledge and the business skills needed to introduce advanced automation and machine vision techniques in the workplace.

You will also benefit from the University's close links with industry, with guest lectures on many modules and the chance to work on real-life automation and computer vision projects.


• Automation and Control (30 credits)
• Machine Vision (30 credits)
• Managing finance (15 credits)
• Project management (15 credits)
• Industrial applications (15 credits)
• Industrial case studies (15 credits)

You will also work on an individual project (60 credits), which forms a major part of the course and gives you the chance to work on real-world research or industry projects


Alongside the strong industry-focus of the course, you will have the opportunity to be part of, and work on, projects in the world-leading Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which brings together influential researchers in service robotics, autonomous systems and bio-engineering.

For those already working, we offer this course as a work-based learning course, as well as a standard full or part-time Masters. Employees of relevant industries can attend part of the course to supplement their existing skills or to be assessed on their current skills and knowledge of these highly topical subject areas.


We will make use of a range of types of assessment on the course, including written exams, oral assessments and presentations, reports and project work and written assignments.

Careers / Further study

The course is a good grounding for wider careers in engineering, science, information technology, management and medical imaging. For those wishing to pursue further study, the course is also good preparation for a career in academia or research in fields such as computer vision, robotics, medical imaging, or more general engineering, science and information technology.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the Msc / PG Dip / PG Cert Automation and Computer Vision page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We normally require a first degree of 2:2 honours or above.The course is designed to suit graduate engineers or scientists, mathematicians or statisticians. Graduates in other disciplines may be considered if they are able to demonstrate they have studied subjects containing a good level of numeracy.

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