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Robotics BEng

Build your professional portfolio while you study to gain a competitive edge in the field of robotics engineering.
October 2023
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (INT) *
Course leader
Quoc-Tuan Vien

BEng Robotics currently only accepts a year-2 entry (October 2022-23) or a year-3 entry (October 2022-23 and October 2023-24). However, we have a newly validated state-of-the-art programme BEng Mechatronics & Robotics open to applications.

Why study robotics with us

Our flexible course lets you tailor your studies to gain the skills, project experience and professional networks you need to achieve your engineering career ambitions in the field of robotics – and beyond. You’ll gain the technical knowledge and project experience that will give you a competitive edge as a robotics engineer.

You’ll explore all aspects of engineering to get a broad understanding of robotics, design, electronics, mechatronics and networking solutions. Using the latest hardware and software, including LabVIEW, SolidWorks and STEP-7, you’ll also learn to develop systems that control physical motion – such as the ones you’ll find in robotic applications and industrial automation.

Build your robotics engineering skills

You’ll have the flexibility to tailor your studies to complement your personal interests and career ambitions. From year two, you’ll have the option to carry on with your BEng Robotics or transfer to a design engineering or mechatronics programme.

Our weekly guest lectures give you the chance to enhance your industry knowledge and build contacts with some of the industry’s leading experts and companies. They’ll also give you the help, advice and feedback you need to start building your professional portfolio while you study.

Our London location gives you access to industry contacts, work experience opportunities and the chance to showcase your work at design engineering competitions. You’ll also have the option to get a feel for the industry with a paid, year-long work placement.

Get the support you need to succeed

You be supported throughout your studies from your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant. Each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too.

Our robotics degree has Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) accreditation and also meets the academic standards of Chartered Engineer (CEng). This means you’ll be able to apply for CEng status after gaining enough experience in an engineering role.

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What will you study on the BEng Robotics?

You will study a broad range of engineering disciplines including systems, mechanical, electrical, computer and control engineering.

You will specialise in the fundamentals of robotics, learning how to model, simulate, design and programme a wide range of robotics tools while gaining an in-depth experience of the software architectures used for complex robotic systems. The course provides a range of practical skills and knowledge required for robotics engineering, including how to engineer systems and develop sensory processing for autonomous robotics.


  • Year 1

    • Design Engineering Projects 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding on a range of modelling and prototyping processes and techniques in order for you to successfully complete a number of projects. You will learn to use a range of tools to accomplish this. The projects will require you to develop and use a variety of problem solving skills and to utilise knowledge gained from other taught modules.

    • Physical Computing: Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of electronics. You will develop a range of practical skills, attitudes and techniques required to construct electronic circuits successfully.

    • Physical Computing: Programming (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to write computer programmes in response to a given brief which will respond to and control physical devices and processes.

    • Formal Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of tools and techniques available to support efficient application of mathematics to engineering design.

  • Year 2

    • Design Engineering Projects 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to carry out engineering projects and will give you the opportunity to apply them, together with knowledge and skills from other modules, in practical projects.

    • Engineering in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of engineers in various contexts outside your subject specialism. These would cover issues such as recognising obligations to society, the profession, the environment, and commitment to professional standards. The module will also cover other wider issues such as globalisation (global manufacturing, operating in global markets, cultural issues, financial concerns, risk) and its impact on business operations.

    • Control Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of control systems and explains the principles of feedback control. The module also develops your ability to analyse techniques for designing and modelling controllers to solve real world problems based on block diagrams and transfer functions and to use such techniques in the context of engineering design.

    • Robotics and Mechatronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the concepts and theory of operation that lie behind mechatronic devices and systems. You will gain experiential understanding of the effect that design has on these mechatronic devices through design prototyping, programming, demonstration and analysis. This module will also develop realisable solutions to real world situations and develop your practical capability in the design and realisation of mechatronic systems using appropriate hardware and software. You will also develop a wider knowledge of application of robotics in the real world.

  • Year 3

    • Mobile Robotics and Manipulators (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will develop an understanding of the modelling, simulation, design, selection and programming of robotic manipulators and mobile robots. You will gain an understanding of kinematics, dynamics and control of mechatronic and robotic systems as well as practical experience of programming a manipulator. You will gain practical experience of working with software architectures for complex robotic systems and will develop an understanding of issues in mobile robotics such as mapping and navigation.

    • Advanced Robotics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of fundamental techniques in system engineering for autonomous robotics. It will develop your understanding of software/hardware integration in robot architectures for advanced tasks, such as vision-based grasping and human-robot interaction. You will acquire knowledge and practical skills of robot vision and other sensory processing, and of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques in robotics.

    • Design Engineering Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of self-directed engineering design using the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme. The module will provide the opportunity to engage in the project over an extended period and allow you to make a significant personal contribution to all phases of the engineering design and development process appropriate to the goals of your programme.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BEng Robotics support your career?

This course opens the door to a varied career in an exciting industry. Our degree prepares you for work in robotics engineering as well as several areas including design engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering. We encourage you to develop a commercial approach to engineering via supported live projects with industrial partners. You could be working in a variety of sectors from manufacturing to agriculture, transport healthcare and defence to space exploration.

As a BEng Robotics graduate you will have excellent career prospects; the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. You can also choose to continue onto further study.

Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:

Design Engineer
A Design Engineer role includes researching and developing ideas for new products and systems, and improving those that already exist. Design Engineers work in a wide range of industries on a variety of products and services.

CAD Technician
A Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) Technician uses software to develop design plans such as floor plans, buildings plans and exhibition layouts. CAD Technicians may also work on product designs which are then sent to engineers to create prototypes.

Automation Engineer
An automation engineer’s role may include designing, programming, simulating and testing automated machinery and processes to complete a task precisely.

Mechanical Engineer
A Mechanical Engineer works on the design, development and maintenance of mechanical components, systems and machinery. A Mechanical Engineer can work in a range of industries where mechanical systems are used.

Work placements

Work placements increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. You can further develop your interpersonal skills, build your confidence, and make contact with industry leaders. By making a good impression during your placement year, you greatly increase your chances of securing a job with the company after graduation. Research shows that 70% of placements result in a graduate job offer.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Dr Quoc-Tuan Vien
Programme leader

Quoc-Tuan joined the department in 2013 and is currently the Programme Leader for Design Engineering suite of programmes. He has authored a textbook, co-authored five book chapters, and more than 100 research articles in ISI journals and major conference proceedings. His current research interests include physical-layer security, network coding, non-orthogonal multiple access, RF energy harvesting, device-to-device communications, heterogeneous networks, network-on-chip and the Internet of Things. He is a TPC member of the IEEE conferences. He was a recipient of the Best Paper Award from the IEEE/IFIP 14th International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, in 2016. He was honored as an Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE Communications Letters, in 2017. He served as the Program Co-Chair for the INISCOM from 2018 to 2021 and the Technical Symposium Co-Chair for the SigTelCom from 2017 to 2021. He is also a frequent reviewer of the IEEE journals. He currently serves as an Editor for the Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing and the International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting and a Guest Editor for the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems.

Vaibhav Gandhi
Director of Programme

Vaibhav joined the department in 2013, and is currently the course leader for Design Engineering suite of programmes. He is actively involved in research areas as brain-computer interfaces, biomedical signal processing, computational intelligence, computational neuroscience, use-centric graphical user interfaces, and assistive robotics.

Tao Geng

Tao joined the Department in 2014, and is actively involved in research areas as legged robotics and neuromorphic robotics.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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