Robotics Masters/MSc

Masters/MSc postgraduate degree course in Robotics:

This programme is intended for graduates of numerate disciplines allied to robotics, including electronic engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, physics and mathematics. Students will learn theories of intelligent robotic control and software tools required to implement standard algorithms in mobile robots and robot manipulators. 

Graduates of the programme will either work in industry or pursue a research degree in robotics.

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MSc Robotics

“I chose the University of Birmingham because it was one of the few schools internationally that would allow me to pursue a degree specifically in Robotics. This was very important to me as most degree programmes offer Robotics as a specialty or concentration. Through those programmes, you end up taking many unnecessary courses.”

This is a one year full-time programme. You will take three compulsory modules in which you will study robotics to an advanced level. You will also work on at least one mini-project. Here you will work one-to-one with one of our research-active staff to explore an area in great depth – analysing the problem and existing solutions, developing new ideas and building or evaluating prototype systems. You will develop your skills in analysis, research, technology and also in presenting and explaining your work clearly and effectively. In addition, you will be able to take several optional taught modules from various fields. All students work on a research project in an area of robotics over the summer, again with expert one-to-one supervision.

The course will be taught through a variety of methods. There will be some small lecture classes, problem-based workshops and also one-to-one supervision. There will be some group work as part of the taught modules. There may be opportunities for some industry-based project work. Perhaps most importantly, you will be part of a small, highly qualified group of students working closely with researchers within the Robotics lab.

Through the course you will become a specialist in robotics. Graduates from this programme will be well-equipped for software development roles in the robotics industry or research and development roles, or to go on to pursue a research degree in robotics.

Related links

More about this programme: www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/programmes/msc-robotics/
School of Computer Science website

Modules

Module information is located on the Computer Science website.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016/17 are as follows:

  • £7,700 for home/EU students
  • £19,400 for international students

Part-time programmes

Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. A small number of part-time programmes run for three years and in these cases the annual fees are one third of the total full-time cost. Contact us for further information.

UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.

Further funding information

Learn more about fees and funding

Please note: From 1 July 2015 we will be introducing a £50 non-refundable application fee for this course. This does not apply to applications received before 1 July 2015.

Scholarships and studentships
For information about scholarships for students on our postgraduate taught programmes visit www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/scholarships/. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

First degree (BSc or equivalent) at 2(i) level (or equivalent) in Computer Science. Alternatively degrees in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, or other numerate disciplines will be acceptable only if the student can show programming experience equivalent to that in a BSc Computer Science in either Java or C/C++.

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.
Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

Please note: From 1 July 2015 we will be introducing a £50 non-refundable application fee for this course. This does not apply to applications received before 1 July 2015.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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You will study three core modules; Advanced Robotics, Intelligent Robotics and Robot Vision. You will also carry out a mini research project and a larger research project over the summer months.

Through the course you will become a specialist in robotics. Graduates from this programme will be well-equipped for software development roles in the robotics industry or research and development roles, or to go on to pursue a research degree in robotics.

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