Research course

Robotics and Autonomous Systems - FARSCOPE (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

University of Bristol · Faculty of Engineering

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.

Months of entry


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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

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