Taught course

Robotics Technology

Plymouth University · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a technical subject such as robotics, computing, engineering (mechanical / electrical / electronic), physics or mathematics. If you are a student with advanced standing, who can evidence an academic ability to a similar level, you may also be considered. A minimum of grade C in English language at GCSE level or 7.5 IELTS score (with scores of 5.5 in each band). You must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test and your results will support the admission decision. Recommendation letters are required from at least two individuals who can evaluate your academic potential. A sound understanding of mathematics (A level) and familiarity with a programming language such as C, C++, Java or similar.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a future leader in the robotics and intelligent automation industry? Through an extended project sequence delivered collaboratively with Carnegie Mellon University, USA, you’ll apply robotics innovation and research in a real-world setting by taking a project idea from inception through to realisation. With our professional masters degree under your belt, you’ll excel as an expert in robotics principles and practices, automation science, software, engineering and management.

  • Graduate as an ethical leader or entrepreneur, dedicated to sustainable social and economic development through robotics technology.
  • Experience both UK and US academic environments by spending your second year studying at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, USA. Our unique programme is delivered in collaboration with CMU which is recognised for its leading arts, sciences, and engineering programs.
  • Benefit from close mentoring by CMU staff in your second year while you design your project application and implementation plan.
  • Get up to date with the latest developments in artificial life and intelligence, adaptive behaviour, information visualisation, neural computation and dynamic systems, as well as remote access and monitoring systems. Our seminars series with speakers from industry and academia gives you the opportunity to keep ahead in this fast moving field.
  • Give yourself the edge. Our programme distinguishes itself from other robotics masters programmes, in the UK and abroad, by ensuring a deeper theoretical and practical knowledge of interactive and intelligent robotics.
  • Expand your skills with first-class facilities including 3D rapid prototyping systems, in-house PCB design and assembly tools, and our award winning Plymouth Humanoid robots.
  • Get expert training from members of the Marine and Industrial Dynamic Analysis (MIDAS) research group and the Centre for Robotic and Neural Systems (CRNS). Our teaching is underpinned by research and industrial strengths in these areas and both CRNS and MIDAS have contacts with major UK robotics companies.
  • Benefit by combining disciplines that are traditionally taught separately. You’ll graduate with the expertise and joined-up knowledge to design and develop fully integrated mechanical, electronic, control and computing systems.

Two years + optional placement.

Fees and funding

Year 1 full time at Plymouth University. Please see www.plymouth.ac.uk/money for the most up-to-date information on fees and funding.

Year 2 year full time at Carnegie Mellon University. Please see www.cmu.edu/hub for Carnegie Mellon graduate tuition and fees.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+44 (0)1752 585858