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Robotics and Computation MSc

Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) are set to shape innovation in the 21st century, underpinning research in a wide range of challenging areas: the ageing population, efficient health care, safer transport, and secure energy. The UCL edge in scientific excellence, industrial collaboration and cross-sector activities make it ideally placed to drive IT robotics and automation education in the UK.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU:
£13,340 (FT)
Overseas:
£28,410 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 14 June 2019

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Fee deposit: All full-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a highly quantitative subject such as computer science, mathematics, electrical or electronic engineering, or the physical sciences. Students should also have some experience with a programming language such as C/C++, Java, Python or Matlab. Appropriate industrial experience may also be considered.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

The programme provides an overview of robotic and computational tools for robotics and autonomous systems as well as their main computational components: kinetic chains, sensing and awareness, control systems, mapping and navigation. Optional modules in machine learning, human-machine interfaces and computer vision help students grasp fields related to robotics more closely, while the project thesis allows students to focus on a specific research topic in depth.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two to four optional modules (30 to 60 credits), up to two elective modules (30 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Robotic Control Theory and Systems (15 credits)
  • Robotic Sensing, Manipulation and Interaction (15 credits)
  • Robotic Systems Engineering (15 credits)
  • Robotic Vision and Navigation (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students will need to choose a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 credits from the optional modules.

  • Acquisition and Processing of 3D Geometry (15 credits)
  • Image Processing (15 credits)
  • Inverse Problems in Imaging (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Methods, Algorithmics and Implementations (15 credits)
  • Numerical Optimisation (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Reading (15 credits)
  • Sensors and Location (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection. A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered by lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, projects and seminars. Assessment is through examination, individual and group projects and presentations, and design exercises.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

Four MSc Scholarships, worth £4000 each, are made available by the Department of Computer Science to UK/EU offer holders with a record of excellent academic achievement. The closing date will be in June 2019. For more information, please see the department pages.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Robotics is a growing field encompassing many technologies with applications across different industrial sectors, and spanning manufacturing, security, mining, design, transport, exploration and healthcare. Graduates from our MSc programme will have diverse job opportunities in the international marketplace with their knowledge of robotics and the underpinning computational and analytical fundamentals that are highly valued in the established and emerging economies. Students will also be well placed to undertake PhD studies in robotics and computational research specific to robotics but translational across different analytical disciplines or applied fields that will be influenced by new robotic technologies and capabilities.

Employability

This programme prepares students to enter a robotics-related industry or any other occupation requiring engineering or analytical skills. Graduates with skills to develop new robotics solutions and solve computational challenges in automation are likely to be in demand globally.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

With the external project involvement anticipated, students on this programme will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with key companies in the industry - Airbus, Shadow Hand, OC Robotics and Intuitive Surgical - and work on real-world problems through industry-supported projects.

Recent investment across UCL in the Faculty of Engineering and The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment has created the infrastructure for an exciting robotics programme, which will be interdisciplinary and unique within the UK and Europe.

Department: Computer Science

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed to appeal to students with a quantitative educational background who wish to equip themselves for careers in the robotics industry and the diverse application domains of robotic technologies.

Application deadlines

All applicants
14 June 2019

Applications close on 14 June 2019, 17:00. Due to competition for places on this programme, no late applications will be considered.


For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we access your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Robotics and Computation at graduate level
  • why you want to study Robotics and Computation at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

Contact information

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