BEng(Hons)

Robotics

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About this course

Entry year:
2016/17
Course code:
H671
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
300
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years sandwich; three years full-time
Delivery:
Full-time, Sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Abdul Farooq
Key fact:
Learn from leading researchers from the world-renowned Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Get hands-on experience making and testing your inventions using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Introduction

Why BEng(Hons) Robotics?

Embedded intelligence is now in products ranging from cars to domestic appliances. Intelligent systems range from unmanned vehicles in aerospace and robots in sub-sea exploration, to consumer products and the creative arts. And in the future, robots will become part of our everyday lives, helping in areas such as healthcare, education and entertainment.

Industry forecasters predict massive growth and estimate the service robotics market to increase to an annual $66 billion by 2025. As a result, demand for graduates with the technical and creative ability to work in this area is set to increase.

Why study our course?

This course is taught by world-class researchers from one of Europe's largest robotics labs. Developing a unique combination of hardware, software and problem solving skills, you will extend and redefine the boundaries of engineering in new and exciting areas. You will also get lots of hands-on experience building and testing your inventions using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Real world experience

Our students excel in European robotics competitions. Some do work placements with blue-chip organisations like Intel, the London Stock Exchange and IBM. Others work for dynamic start-ups or challenger brands. Many go on to set up businesses based on their own inventions.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be set for a rewarding career devising, developing and managing intelligent systems in sectors such as manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, leisure and the creative arts. You can also play an important role defining how this new technology will impact societies in the future.

Watch the Sentry Robot created by Robotics student, Richard Huish, which senses and shoots moving targets.

See the Robot Spider developed by a Robotics student using inverse kinematics to create natural movement.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The BEng(Hons) Robotics degree is for anyone interested in learning about, understanding and developing robots. Although this is primarily an engineering course, it does extend and redefine the boundaries of engineering into new and exciting areas, including artificial life, biologically-inspired robotics, swarm intelligence and human-robot interaction. It is the blend of hardware, software and problem solving skills that you will acquire on this course that will make you so valuable to a wide range of industries.

Year 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Practical Electronics
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Robotics
  • Introduction to Robotics and Electronics
  • C Programming
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Digital Principles for Robotics

Year 2

In Year 2 you will gain more in-depth understanding of Robotics as a subject, and will work with fellow students to design and build your own mobile robot to compete against your classmates. You will learn the theory and practice of precision control of robots, how robot software systems and artificial intelligence integrate, and how to make complex electronic systems communicate with each other.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Robotic Systems
  • Group Fab Lab
  • Maths for Signals and Control
  • Practical Electronic Design
  • Communications, Signals and Filters
  • Control

Placement year (optional)

We recommend that students take this opportunity to do a year-long placement in industry or research. However, this is not necessary and students can enter the final year immediately after Year 2.

Final Year

A significant part of the final year is taken up with an individual project. You'll also learn more advanced topics in specialised areas; such as machine vision, how to make robots learn to control themselves, digital signal processing, and important preparation for your future work as a certified engineer or as a researcher in robotics.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • BEng Individual Project
  • Machine Vision
  • Probabilistic Robotics
  • Advances in Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethics of Technology

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Intelligent and Adaptive Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We place a strong emphasis on a hands-on approach and you'll start building robots from your very first week at UWE. We teach with a mixture of lab sessions, lectures, tutorials and projects. The great thing about UWE Robotics students is that they support each other and you can easily find somebody who can give you a hand in understanding difficult concepts or learning new skills. In fact, we have regular sessions where students teach each other. Some of our students think it's the competition to build the fastest or best-performing robot which drives them to success!

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

Assessment is through a mixture of examination and coursework.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition, the course meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Placements

Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

There are opportunities to apply your electronics and artificial intelligence knowledge across a choice of sectors. Employers range from global brands to dynamic start-ups across the technology, aerospace, defence and manufacturing sectors. Past students have done service engineering in microelectronics and developed automation systems for stock trading or productivity. With UWE Bristol students in high demand, many have been offered jobs while on placement.

Study facilities

Develop vital professional skills and bring inventions to life using our state-of-the-art robotics laboratories and facilities.

  • Create prototypes in our large open-access lab with metalworking machinery, rapid production tools like 3D printers and CAD plasma-cutters, oscilloscopes, test equipment, surface-mount soldering systems and more.
  • Develop and test software on our dedicated servers providing Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems.
  • Get technical assistance and advice from our skilled staff from the Bristol Institute of Technology.

See the world-class research facilities and inventions from Bristol Robotics Laboratory on flickr.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Showcase your work

Robotics students regularly showcase work at UWE's annual Environment and Technology Degree Show. 

See some examples of our students work on YouTube including Heart Robot.

Learn from industry

To give you an inside track on the challenges and rewards of the profession, we regularly arrange for visiting professionals to come in and present.

Network and compete

A Robotics Society is underway and students regularly take part in annual competitions such as Eurathlon. They took second place in 2013.

Get valuable experience

We encourage students to take on work outside of studies and many do voluntary work with local artists, businesses and charities. Past students have won prestigious awards whilst developing skills teaching robotics in after-school clubs. Others have started businesses resulting from the innovations discovered through collaborations.

Careers

Careers / Further study

From Artificial Intelligence consultancy on the London Stock Exchange, to developing robots for the world's biggest computer hardware company, to UK engineering, hardware and software businesses - UWE Robotics graduates are in demand. Our graduates have been offered jobs with national and global companies. Others have started their own businesses and are pursuing their creative and technical dreams. There are also opportunities to go into research by progressing onto MSc Robotics or studying a PhD at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL).

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Creative Arts

Prospects - Careers in Engineering

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1125

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee7875
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee3000
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1125
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee7875
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1125

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years450
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement450
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 300
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: GCSE Maths Grade B or above. DDM from one of the following BTEC Diplomas: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical / Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in another science or technology subject. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 26 points, to include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics and a pass at higher level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

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