In the near future robotic and other autonomous systems will be present in virtually every industry, with their global impact estimated to reach $6.5 trillion per year by 2025 (McKinsey). As new markets turn to robotics for the next step in their evolution, the need for qualified robotic engineers has never been greater.
Our hands-on masters degree in Robotics blends practice with theory to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need for a career as a robotics engineer. The postgraduate degree includes significant time working in laboratories under the supervision of our expert teaching staff, many of whom have worked in robotics since the early days of the technology.
Over the duration of the course you will gain experience working with industry-standard equipment in our cutting-edge labs and workshops. You will also benefit from our close to links to leading industry organisations, be encouraged to enter national robotics competitions and supported to undertake industry work placements during the masters.
This masters degree in Robotics is made up of five taught modules, a group project and a final major individual project. Of the five taught modules, three are compulsory and the remaining two are optional, giving you the chance to choose areas of most interest to you.
The first two modules are designed to give you an introduction and lay the foundations for the rest of the course. Here you will learn about robotics systems and software, control and design. Successful completion of these two modules enables you to proceed with the course to the next level, however it is possible to leave the course at this point with a Postgraduate Certificate.
Following this, you will undertake two optional modules, the group project and the final taught module which explores robotic systems integration. Successful completion of these four modules enables you to complete the MSc with your final major project, but you may leave the course at this stage with a Postgraduate Diploma should you choose.
This module together with the Robotic Systems and Control module lays the foundation for the remainder of the course. The part of a robot system that gives the system a degree of intelligence is the software. Prior to building a robotic system a great deal of time and money can be saved by simulating the system in a computer model which enables potential performance to be visualised, in turn enabling errors to be detected and corrected. Students will learn to use software used for controlling robotic systems.
This module is designed to provide the necessary knowledge of the various types of robotic systems and their key features to enable students to design their own systems later on in the course. Controlling robotic systems requires a knowledge of control methods and techniques which can be implemented in software. For this reason this module is run in parallel with the module above.
This module enables each student with the aid of fellow students to establish and develop the skills needed to jointly design, build and test a practical robotic system using the knowledge gained in the previous two modules. Students are required to demonstrate team-working skills in this module. Students will be required to show how they used a formal project management approach to maximise their chances of meeting a specification on time and within an agreed budget.
This module is designed to give students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills gained in the previous modules. Students will be required to demonstrate that they have taken a systematic formal project management approach to designing and building a robotic device. Students will also be required to demonstrate their presentation and communication skills at the end of the project.
The MSc Robotics course is taught through a series of lectures and tutorials, as well as supervised and self-directed laboratory and workshop work.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
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You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
The development of intelligent systems has become vital to many major UK and international companies and emerging industries – from advanced manufacturing to agriculture, transport healthcare and defence. At the same time, robotics has been named as a priority research area by the UK government, with the lack of qualified people identified as a major barrier to the industry's growth.
As a result, the career options available for those with a masters degree in Robotics are extensive. Robotics knowledge and skills are central to the design and production of a wide range of products, including vacuum cleaners, cash dispenser machines, washing machines, cars, and robots for defence.
Space exploration relies heavily on robots, and there is also an increasing number of applications in dirty and dangerous situations. Many of these robotic machines will in turn be increasingly manufactured by other robotic machines, while most electrical goods such as televisions and mobile phones are already made by robots.
This trend is set to increase indefinitely, ensuring well paid and interesting employment well into the distant future.
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