Female student with robot

BEng(Hons)

Robotics

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H671
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years sandwich; three years full-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Khemraj Emrith
Key fact:
Learn in the world-renowned Bristol Robotics Laboratory, using our state-of-the-art equipment to make and test your own inventions.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study robotics?

Embedded intelligence features 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.

In the future, robots will be part of our everyday lives, helping in areas such as healthcare, education and entertainment.

Industry forecasters predict that the service robot market will increase in value to an annual $66 billion by 2025. Demand for graduates with the technical and creative ability to work in this area is set to increase too.

Why UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Robotics is taught by world-class researchers from one of Europe's largest robotics labs.

This degree is for anyone interested in understanding and developing robots. Although this is primarily an engineering course, it extends into areas like artificial life, biology-inspired robotics, swarm intelligence and human-robot interaction.

Gain plenty of hands-on experience building and testing your inventions, using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Develop a unique combination of hardware, software and problem solving skills. Design and build your own mobile robot to compete against your classmates.

Learn about precision control of robots, how software systems and artificial intelligence integrate and how to make complex electronic systems communicate.

Discover advanced topics such as machine vision, how to make robots learn to control themselves and digital signal processing.

Take part in European robotics competitions, where our students have excelled in the past. Complete work placements with blue-chip organisations such as Intel, the London Stock Exchange and IBM, or dynamic start-ups or challenger brands.

Where can it take you?

The blend of hardware, software and problem solving skills you acquire on this course make you valuable to a wide range of industries.

You'll be set for a rewarding career devising, developing and managing intelligent systems in sectors such as manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, leisure and the creative arts.

Set up your own business based on your inventions andplay a role in defining how this new technology will impact societies in the future.

See the Sentry Robot, which senses and shoots moving targets, and the Robot Spider, which uses inverse kinematics to create natural movement both built by our students.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Maths for Signal and Control
  • Control
  • Microcontroller Applications Group Laboratory
  • Robotic Systems
  • Practical Electronic Design
  • Communications, Signals and Filters.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • BEng Individual Project
  • Machine Vision
  • BioComputation
  • Probabilistic Robotics
  • Ethics of Technology.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement
  • Engineering and Society.

And one optional module from:

  • 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 Bristol.

Learn through a mixture of lab sessions, lectures, tutorials and projects. Robotics students are encouraged to support each other and you will easily find somebody to help you understand difficult concepts or learn new skills.

Attend regular sessions where students teach each other. Some students say it's the competition to build the fastest or best-performing robot that drives them to success.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals to give you an inside track on the challenges and rewards of the profession.

Showcase work at the annual Environment and Technology Degree Show

See examples of students' work on YouTube, including Heart Robot.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
129%71%0%100%
226%74%0%100%
319%81%0%100%

Network and compete

Take part in annual competitions with our Robotics Society. UWE Bristol students achieved second place in Eurathlon in 2013.

Volunteer for experience

We encourage you to take on work outside your studies and many students do voluntary work with local artists, businesses and charities.

Past students have won prestigious awards while developing skills teaching robotics in after-school clubs. Others have started businesses around ideas discovered through collaborations.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of examination and coursework.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
147%53%0%100%
237%55%8%100%
325%65%10%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited master's (MSc).

It also meets the requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

You'll apply your electronics and artificial intelligence knowledge for global brands or 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.

UWE Bristol students are in high demand, and many have been offered jobs while on placement.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Build 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 that includes metalworking machinery, rapid production tools like 3D printers and computer-aided design (CAD) plasma-cutters, oscilloscopes, test equipment and surface-mount soldering systems.

Develop and test software on our dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems.

Get technical assistance and advice from our skilled staff from the Bristol Institute of Technology.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.   

See creations from Bristol Robotics Laboratory on flickr.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Our graduates are in demand and work in a range of areas.

They work in artificial intelligence (AI) consultancy on the London Stock Exchange and developing robots for the world's biggest computer hardware companies. They use their skills within UK engineering and software businesses.

Our graduates have been offered jobs with national and global companies, while others started their own businesses and are pursuing their creative ambitions.

You could also go into research by progressing onto MSc Robotics or studying a PhD at Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics. 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: 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 Mathematics for Technicians; Further Engineering Mathematics; Further Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit including 15 in Mathematics and 15 in another science or technology subject; Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language.
    Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 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.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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