Robotics (with Foundation Year)
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:
- Ruth Jones
- Key fact:
- Get on track for our BEng(Hons) Robotics degree by completing a foundation year - if you're committed to an engineering future and have a less conventional background, this is the course for you.
Page last updated 16 August 2019
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.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Engineering Experimentation
- Foundation Group Project
- Foundation Mechanics
- Foundation Maths, Algebra, Calculus
- Introduction to Mechatronics.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Introduction to Robotics and Electronics
- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Robotics
- Engineering Mathematics
- Digital Principles for Robotics
- C Programming
- Practical Electronics.
You will study:
- Maths for Signal and Control
- Microcontroller Applications Group Laboratory
- Robotic Systems
- Practical Electronic Design
- Introduction to Machine Vision.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- BEng Individual Project
- Machine Vision
- 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 our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year
Network and compete
Take part in annual competitions such as Eurathlon with our Robotics Society.
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.
You'll be assessed through a mix of examination and coursework.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
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 five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work 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.
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 / 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.
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.
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||160|
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||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
|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||13000|
|International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||13000|
|International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
|International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1625|
|International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||11375|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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.
Additional costs are for 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.
We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.
We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.
- Tariff points: 80
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and 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.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BEng(Hons) Robotics course.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
If you are an international student your route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333