MSc Robotics 12 months Postgraduate Program By Heriot-Watt University |Top Universities
Program Duration

12 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

26,976 GBPTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

Engineering - GeneralMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Overview of Programme 

MSc Robotics at Heriot-Watt University provides you with industry-relevant training in core elements of modern robotics and autonomous systems. 

This one-year postgraduate master’s degree in Robotics is linked to the United Kingdom’s (UK's) National Robotarium and will equip you to work in industry and wider society in areas where robots can be used to improve productivity, transform transportation, work in extreme environments, and improve quality of life. 


Studying MSc Robotics will allow you to: 

  • be trained in core robotics techniques, from basic kinematics to robot control, robot navigation, robot planning, machine vision, and human-robot interaction, and in enabling technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NPL), machine learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT) 
  • receive an extensive training in robot programming, especially using the robotic operating system (ROS), and practical implementation of solutions on real robots 
  • apply skills in various applications through major robotics projects, relevant to research and industry, and involving systems such as autonomous vehicles, underwater robots, humanoid and social robots, advanced manipulators for compliant control, and novel robot designs 
  • obtain access to staff from leading research groups to mentor their development and guide their research projects 

On this degree you will be offered flexibility in the courses you study so that you can specialise in specific domains of robotics application. Check the course details section below for more information. 


Why study Robotics?  

Robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence) are seen as key technologies for the future and the subject of massive commercial investment. 


There is a rapidly growing worldwide demand for graduates with the technical skills and industry awareness to create an innovation pipeline from academic research to global markets in the field of robotics. Key application areas include manufacturing, assistive and medical robots, offshore energy, environmental monitoring, search and rescue, defence, and support for the aging population. 


Apple, Google, Uber, Amazon, and Facebook all have major ongoing research programs in robotics. In the UK, Dyson, 5AI and a plethora of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups are trying to grasp the huge market opportunity that is foreseen. Predictions of the worldwide economic impact of Robotics and Autonomous Systems range from US$1.7 trillion to US$4.5 trillion by 2025. 


Our Expertise 

96% of Heriot-Watt University’s engineering research was classed as world-leading in the REF 2021 review, which ranked us 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh. 


Our MSc Robotics draws upon the world class research carried out by Heriot-Watt as part of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS). The centre is leading in the UK effort to realise the potential of Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, by producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers, trained to take a leading role through technical skills coupled to industry and marketing awareness.  


Heriot-Watt also hosts the National Robotarium. The multimillion-pound innovation hub for robotics and autonomous systems has been built in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and delivers leading research and support for business creation and growth. The presence of the National Robotarium provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills at the forefront of robotics and AI.  


Your learning environment  

The MSc Robotics programme is taught though a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory practicals, allowing you to get to know and build relationships with your teaching staff, academics, and peers. You will be assessed by coursework, exams, and your dissertation, and will receive support and feedback throughout the programme.  


During your studies, you’ll benefit from and have access to our specialist equipment, software and laboratories used by professional electrical, electronic, and robotic engineers. You will have the opportunity to work on real-world problems, and work across disciplines to deliver practical solutions with global impact in our state-of-the-art GRID (Global Research Innovation and Discovery) facility. This specifically designed centre gives you access to innovative labs and facilities for electronics, electrical power, computing, embedded systems, communications, robotics, and mechanical prototyping.  


Outside of the classroom, there are several societies you can join, where you can meet likeminded people, get involved in social and networking events, and gain insights into industry, including: 

Customise your learning 

You’ll have the opportunity to focus on the areas of robotics that interest you the most. You can customise your degree to match your specific interests or desired career pathway by studying four mandatory courses and choosing four further options from a suite of over 10 specialist robotics, electrical and electronic engineering courses. You will choose optional courses from an extensive list, including embedded systems, data mining and machine learning, internet of things, human robot interaction, and optimisation and deep learning for imaging and vision. 


In semester three, you’ll undertake an extensive and specialised investigation into your chosen area of robotics through your master’s project and dissertation. You’ll be required to demonstrate your mastery of the subject area by applying your understanding of specialised areas in robotics, including principal theories, concepts, design, and evaluation techniques, to develop original and creative responses to current and emerging issues in the field of robotics.  


Industry  

The prevalence of industry and research, through the National Robotarium and the CDT-RAS, on campus means that your learning will be directly informed by current and emerging trends, technologies and techniques as used by professional robotics and autonomous systems academics. As a result, you’ll gain the right blend of knowledge, practical skills, and soft skills to set you up for life after graduation.   

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Overview of Programme 

MSc Robotics at Heriot-Watt University provides you with industry-relevant training in core elements of modern robotics and autonomous systems. 

This one-year postgraduate master’s degree in Robotics is linked to the United Kingdom’s (UK's) National Robotarium and will equip you to work in industry and wider society in areas where robots can be used to improve productivity, transform transportation, work in extreme environments, and improve quality of life. 


Studying MSc Robotics will allow you to: 

  • be trained in core robotics techniques, from basic kinematics to robot control, robot navigation, robot planning, machine vision, and human-robot interaction, and in enabling technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NPL), machine learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT) 
  • receive an extensive training in robot programming, especially using the robotic operating system (ROS), and practical implementation of solutions on real robots 
  • apply skills in various applications through major robotics projects, relevant to research and industry, and involving systems such as autonomous vehicles, underwater robots, humanoid and social robots, advanced manipulators for compliant control, and novel robot designs 
  • obtain access to staff from leading research groups to mentor their development and guide their research projects 

On this degree you will be offered flexibility in the courses you study so that you can specialise in specific domains of robotics application. Check the course details section below for more information. 


Why study Robotics?  

Robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence) are seen as key technologies for the future and the subject of massive commercial investment. 


There is a rapidly growing worldwide demand for graduates with the technical skills and industry awareness to create an innovation pipeline from academic research to global markets in the field of robotics. Key application areas include manufacturing, assistive and medical robots, offshore energy, environmental monitoring, search and rescue, defence, and support for the aging population. 


Apple, Google, Uber, Amazon, and Facebook all have major ongoing research programs in robotics. In the UK, Dyson, 5AI and a plethora of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups are trying to grasp the huge market opportunity that is foreseen. Predictions of the worldwide economic impact of Robotics and Autonomous Systems range from US$1.7 trillion to US$4.5 trillion by 2025. 


Our Expertise 

96% of Heriot-Watt University’s engineering research was classed as world-leading in the REF 2021 review, which ranked us 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh. 


Our MSc Robotics draws upon the world class research carried out by Heriot-Watt as part of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS). The centre is leading in the UK effort to realise the potential of Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, by producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers, trained to take a leading role through technical skills coupled to industry and marketing awareness.  


Heriot-Watt also hosts the National Robotarium. The multimillion-pound innovation hub for robotics and autonomous systems has been built in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and delivers leading research and support for business creation and growth. The presence of the National Robotarium provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills at the forefront of robotics and AI.  


Your learning environment  

The MSc Robotics programme is taught though a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory practicals, allowing you to get to know and build relationships with your teaching staff, academics, and peers. You will be assessed by coursework, exams, and your dissertation, and will receive support and feedback throughout the programme.  


During your studies, you’ll benefit from and have access to our specialist equipment, software and laboratories used by professional electrical, electronic, and robotic engineers. You will have the opportunity to work on real-world problems, and work across disciplines to deliver practical solutions with global impact in our state-of-the-art GRID (Global Research Innovation and Discovery) facility. This specifically designed centre gives you access to innovative labs and facilities for electronics, electrical power, computing, embedded systems, communications, robotics, and mechanical prototyping.  


Outside of the classroom, there are several societies you can join, where you can meet likeminded people, get involved in social and networking events, and gain insights into industry, including: 

Customise your learning 

You’ll have the opportunity to focus on the areas of robotics that interest you the most. You can customise your degree to match your specific interests or desired career pathway by studying four mandatory courses and choosing four further options from a suite of over 10 specialist robotics, electrical and electronic engineering courses. You will choose optional courses from an extensive list, including embedded systems, data mining and machine learning, internet of things, human robot interaction, and optimisation and deep learning for imaging and vision. 


In semester three, you’ll undertake an extensive and specialised investigation into your chosen area of robotics through your master’s project and dissertation. You’ll be required to demonstrate your mastery of the subject area by applying your understanding of specialised areas in robotics, including principal theories, concepts, design, and evaluation techniques, to develop original and creative responses to current and emerging issues in the field of robotics.  


Industry  

The prevalence of industry and research, through the National Robotarium and the CDT-RAS, on campus means that your learning will be directly informed by current and emerging trends, technologies and techniques as used by professional robotics and autonomous systems academics. As a result, you’ll gain the right blend of knowledge, practical skills, and soft skills to set you up for life after graduation.   

Admission requirements

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A first class or upper second honours degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science or other relevant disciplines with a numerate background and sufficient computer programming experience. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.
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10,736 GBP
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International Students

26,976 GBP
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