This course is for students who already have a strong engineering background and wish to specialise in robotics and automation. This course has a particular emphasis on advanced robotics, where robots are designed to operate with a degree of intelligence.
You will gain a firm grounding in control engineering and intelligent systems concepts, along with the ability to comprehend and fully specify integrated automation systems embodying intelligence, robotic and automation hardware and software, and virtual reality (VR)/simulation technologies.
The course also provides a suitable background for research in advanced autonomous systems with reference to robotics.
You will work under the direction of an academic supervisor to carry out an advanced research or development project related to robotics and/or automation. As part of this project you will be expected to:
Many of our students work on projects in conjunction with aeronautical companies associated with the University.
A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in engineering or science.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students must provide evidence of a proficiency in English at IELTS 6.0
Suitable for students who already have a strong engineering background and wish to specialise in robotics and automation.
You will be taught via a series of lectures and workshops with many of the modules taught via extensive hands-on practical lab-based sessions.
Practical experience includes the use of robotics platforms to produce a software system using the MATLAB toolboxes or the C programming language or to produce a finished hardware/software based mobile robotics system.
70% coursework and 30% examination.
80% of students say subjects are enthusiastically taught by staff.PGSES 2010
Dr Samia Nefti-Meziani is the Head of the computational Intelligence and Robotics Research Group. She is a leading expert internationally in artificial intelligence and cognitive robotics her research interests over the last 20 years are concerned with the development of cognitive models for information processing, decision support systems and robotics.
She has published and edited extensively in this area, which have appeared in leading academic journals such as IEEE trans in Fuzzy systems, Expert systems with applications, Journal of operational Research Society, etc. She has also organised many international and national workshops in the above areas and led national and European (FP5, FP6) multidisciplinary research projects. She is a Chartered member of BCS (formerly known as British Computer Society) and active member of the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems and Co-Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland chapter in Robotics and Automation.
Graduates from this course can expect to find employment in a range of industries. Robotics and automation are continuously developing topics that present many career opportunities in areas such as robotic design, control systems integration and design, factory automation, engineering management and research.
Laurent Teyssie, Industrial Development Manager, Intertechnique (Zodiac Aerospace)
“I conducted my final year MSc Dissertation project at the University of Salford on the use of industrial robots for electrical engine design for a company called Leroy Somer, part of the Emerson Group. Afterwards I was appointed by them as an Industrial Engineer to manage a project in TPM/ Lean Manufacturing for increasing the productivity using real-time process control. After this experience I was appointed by Intertechnique as an Industrial Manager and am currently responsible for the industrial development of equipment from the design phase to the production phase.”
Many of our students work on final year projects in conjunction with aeronautical companies associated with the University.
Many of our students go on to further study at the Centre for Advanced Robotics which is very closely linked with this course.
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You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
There are dedicated labs and facilities for Robotics and Automation students, including: Industrial robots, flexi-picker, manipulators (Hitachi, KUKA) humanoid robots plus many mobile robots. Plus dedicated computing facilities
And if you do your MSc Project with an aerospace company, as many of our students do, then you will also have access to their facilities.