Learn the essential skills and techniques needed to develop autonomous systems, embedded artificial intelligence, and robotics.

This course is new for 2018

Our course will help you take your career forward in an innovative and developing area of engineering. It balances advanced theory with technical skills so that you can learn to develop complete operational systems. Our course is suited to you if you have a background in electronic and electrical engineering, computer science or a related discipline.

During the course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to research, design and develop systems. You’ll explore robotics engineering and software, autonomous systems technologies, processes and products throughout the industry value chain. Other areas you will cover include computational intelligence, machine learning, and sensors.

Your studies will focus on tackling engineering challenges using whole-systems approaches. We’ll give you the tools to analyze and evaluate the impact of the resources, processes, and products you choose in developing systems. You’ll consider stakeholder needs and factors such as technical, economic, environmental and social.

You’ll learn from academics in our Departments of Computer Science, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Their international collaborations and research expertise feed into your learning experience.

You will work on individual and group projects using the same systems platforms as those used in industry. Our focus on practical learning makes sure you have the skills to design and build robotic platforms and autonomous systems.

You’ll develop:

  • The fundamentals in robotics, electronics, and autonomous systems, from established principles to new techniques
  • An understanding of design processes and methodologies and how to apply them
  • Awareness of current challenges and the latest thinking in electronic systems design
  • The ability to test a range of concepts and apply them to engineering projects

You’ll graduate with the skills to innovate and deliver resource-efficient practices and solutions for robotic and autonomous systems. Your knowledge will prepare you for a career in the engineering sector or for further postgraduate study and research.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 semesters. It starts in October 2018 and ends in 2019. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Robotic platform engineering
  • Robotics software
  • Autonomous systems engineering
  • Humans and intelligent machines
  • 1 optional unit

Semester 2

  • Autonomous systems navigation, guidance, and communications
  • Conceptual design group activity
  • Project unit 1
  • 2 optional units


  • Dissertation

Optional course units

You'll be able to choose one optional unit in your first semester and two optional units in your second semester. Here are some of the proposed optional units.

  • Electronic control systems design
  • Intelligent agents
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Electronic communications systems
  • Sensors and instrumentation
  • Embedded systems design
  • Intelligent control and cognitive system

Learning and assessment


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examinations
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination
  • Other

Case study

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Entry requirements

British Qualifications

  • You should have a bachelor’s honors degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.
  • To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in electronic engineering, electrical engineering, computer science.
  • We will also consider other relevant engineering and science disciplines.
  • If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

For international students, please contact the school for more information.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Full-time Home/EU Overseas
MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems full-time (12 months) £9,500 £21,100
MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems full-time (with 3-month placement) £11,875 £26,375

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing, and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation, and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 20, 2019
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9,500 GBP
12 months Home/EU: £9,500; Overseas: £21,100. 12 months with 3-month placement Home/EU:£11,875; Overseas: £26,375
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MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems