Taught course

Autonomous Systems

University of Plymouth · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

This programme primarily aims to recruit graduate engineers with a degree to honours level at 2:2 or above in engineering, mathematics, robotics, marine, computing and physical science related subjects. Applicants will aspire to become Chartered Engineers by advancing their skills, knowledge and understanding of autonomous systems related techniques. Applicants without a 2.2 or higher may be considered if they have significant relevant experience.

Ideally, candidates will need to demonstrate that they hold an appropriate IEng accredited first degree. Candidates with non-UK qualifications will need to demonstrate that their first degree is accredited by their local professional body.

Candidates with considerable professional experience, who can evidence an academic ability equivalent to undergraduate degree levels, may also be considered.

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C or above. If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5 and not less than 5.5 in all components.

Months of entry


Course content

Autonomous systems will increasingly be adopted into every aspect of our daily lives. The future of autonomy, in the transport sector alone, is projected to grow tenfold to over US$550 billion by 2026. Plymouth is fast becoming a global centre for excellence in marine and robotic autonomy systems development. You will have the opportunity to use our specialist laboratories including the COAST and Robotics Laboratory for your dissertation.

Our one year course covers core principles of this emerging field: sensor technologies for machine perception; machine learning and AI for adaptation and decision making; embedded systems, communications, security and data management, for safe and efficient operations of an Autonomous System. The course also encompasses general ethical issues related to the societal acceptance of these systems. The course has been designed in conjunction with employers who contribute seminars and guest lectures.

Information for international students

Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through Ecctis, which provides an advisory service.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Sanjay Sharma