Research course

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Institution
University of Bristol · Faculty of Engineering
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in an engineering, physics, mathematics or related subject. Other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who have completed our MSc in Robotics may be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for direct entry into the second year of the FARSCOPE programme. This will be subject to interview, including a qualifying presentation on research.

Months of entry

September

Course content

FARSCOPE aims to train the next generation of innovators in the growing field of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), identified as one of the UK’s 'eight great technologies' for future growth. Our four-year programme leads to the award of a joint PhD degree from both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. A PhD is a uniquely challenging and rewarding endeavour, especially in a cutting-edge field like RAS.

We have enhanced the standard individual PhD in various ways to give you the best possible start on your RAS research and innovation career:

  • Specialist taught modules in a wide variety of RAS technologies to equip you for research;
  • exposure to a diverse range of industry and academic RAS topics to give you a broad view of the potential and context of RAS;
  • cohort-based skills training including enterprise, public engagement, communication and research methods;
  • group projects and industry study workshops to foster creativity, practical skills and integration.

You'll have your choice of specialist topics from more than 50 academic supervisors. The centre is based at the Bristol Robotics Lab, the largest specialist robotics laboratory in the UK, plus you'll have access to all the combined facilities of both partner universities.

When applying for this programme, please select Robotics and Autonomous Systems on the online application form.

Information for international students

Please visit our website for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,185
International students
£19,700

The FARSCOPE CDT programme has funds to support up to ten UK/EU students per year including fees, stipend (at standard RCUK rates), research and travel expenses. The programme has no internal funding for non-EU students, but any applications received from self-funded international students will be considered.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Sarah Tauwhare FARSCOPE CDT Co-ordinator
Email
farscope-cdt@bristol.ac.uk