Taught course

Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems

Heriot-Watt University · School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A first class or upper second honours degree in a relevant cognate discipline with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems MSc/Diploma offers specialist postgraduate training that emphasises students' interests across a multi-disciplinary area.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of their chosen constituent parts of a robotic system that can be applied to many sectors, both nationally and internationally. Students choose a named theme from those offered. These normally include autonomous, embedded, bio-inspired or marine robotics, human-robot interaction and robot vision. Core courses in each are then specialised through further elective courses, some of which are practical and hands-on lead.

Through the MSc project, students will gain experience of research relevant to industrial applications (through ongoing in-house research), creating graduates with cross-disciplinary understanding and an ability to operate effectively within mixed hardware/software groups.

The programme is research led, with oversight from programme tutors. Students are assigned a tutor with common interests and specialisms as part of admission. Tutors then advise on student suitability for a theme before commencement, help with the choice of elective courses and third semester project, based on course pre-requisites, students' interest and prior learning. They also provide a point of contact for technical and pastoral matter and review various assessments of performance as appropriate.

Four mandatory courses are taken in the first two semesters with a choice of elective courses available in both. The dissertation work begins in the second semester and continues through the summer term.

Fees and funding

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Barbara Kerr
+44(0) 131 451 3023