Robotics (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Engineering Design and Mathematics
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- 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.
Page last updated 3 March 2017
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 that the service robotics market will 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?
BEng(hons) Robotics at UWE Bristol 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 gain plenty of hands-on experience in 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 complete work placements with blue-chip organisations such as 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 will also be able to 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.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
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 valuable to a wide range of industries.
Foundation year (Year zero)
You will study the following complulsory modules:
- Engineering Experimentation
- Foundation Group Project
- Foundation Mechanics
- Foundation Maths, Algebra, Calculus
- Introduction to Mechatronics.
You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.
The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.
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.
In Year two, you will gain more in-depth understanding of Robotics as a subject and 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
Placement year (optional)
We recommend that you take this opportunity to complete a year-long placement in industry or research. However, this is not compulsory and you will be able to enter the final year immediately after Year two.
A significant part of your final year will be taken up with an individual project. You will 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.
In addition to the above, you will also study one of the following optional modules:
- Business Environment
- Industrial Placement.
You will also study 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 will start building robots from your very first week at UWE Bristol. We teach through a mixture of lab sessions, lectures, tutorials and projects. UWE Robotics students are all encouraged to support each other and this means you will easily find somebody to help you understand difficult concepts or learn new skills. In keeping with this, we hold regular sessions where students teach each other. Some of our students have said they think it's the competition to build the fastest or best-performing robot that drives them to success!
For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Assessment takes place through a mixture of examination and coursework.
For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.
This course is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition, the course meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
We are currently seeking accreditation from the British Computing Society (BCS).
Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain 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 completed 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.
Develop vital professional skills and bring inventions to life, using our state-of-the-art Engineering and robotics laboratories and facilities, where you will:
- create prototypes in our large open-access lab, which includes metalworking machinery, rapid production tools like 3D printers and CAD plasma-cutters, oscilloscopes, test equipment and surface-mount soldering systems
- develop and test software on our dedicated servers providing Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems
- receive 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 Bristol has to offer.
Learn from industry
To give you an inside track on the challenges and rewards of the profession, we regularly arrange presentations from visiting professionals.
Network and compete
A Robotics Society is underway and students regularly take part in annual competitions such as Eurathlon.
Get valuable experience
We encourage students to take on work outside of studies and many undertake 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 innovations discovered through collaborations.
Careers / Further study
UWE Bristol Robotics graduates are in demand, and work in a range of areas, from Artificial Intelligence consultancy on the London Stock Exchange to developing robots for the world's biggest computer hardware company to using their skills within UK engineering, hardware and software businesses. Our graduates have also been offered jobs with national and global companies, while others have started their own businesses and are pursuing their creative and technical ambitions. 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 will help 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.
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||150|
Full time course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||12250|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1531|
|Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Full time course with placement year
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
|International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||12250|
|International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||12250|
|International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1531|
|International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1531|
|International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||10719|
|Offshore-Sandwich Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
Supplementary fee information
The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 88
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics, 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: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.
We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.
We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.
If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BEng(Hons) Robotics course.
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.
Please read the general information about entry requirements.
How to apply
UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.
Please see the general information about applications.
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333