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University of Plymouth

Robotics

UCAS Code: H671

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Mechatronics and robotics

Cybernetics

Want to play your part in the rapidly advancing field of robotics? Fascinated by artificial intelligence and the innovations that will underpin the development of tomorrow’s robots? This course combines theory with lots of hands-on, practical laboratory sessions designing and building motors and robots. Work placement in your third year provides industrial experience and strengthens your CV, whilst putting your engineering skills into action in the real world.

Our emphasis is on software aspects of robotics and embedded systems in the final year, building on a good grounding of electronics, mathematics and mechanics. We offer four rapid-prototyping printers, printed circuit design and manufacturing and expert technical support. You'll learn to build and program robots, ranging from small wheeled robots and industrial robotic equipment to advanced humanoids. We have the highest number of humanoid robots available to undergraduate students in Europe.

**Key features:**

- Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2017 National Student Survey 100% of our final year students said that “The course is intellectually stimulating”.

- Our robotics courses have a large number of laboratory practical sessions embedded in their modules, and this is a strong feature of the robotics teaching in Plymouth. This ensures that you can consolidate theory learned in lectures using real practical tasks, making your understanding of topics much more concrete.

- Take opportunities throughout your degree to build and program robots, ranging from small wheeled robots through industrial robotic equipment to advanced humanoids.

- Benefit by studying modules that will support you to design and build robots and automated systems. Our emphasis is on the software aspects of robotics and embedded systems.

- Experience the highest number of humanoid robots available to undergraduate students in Europe.

- Capitalise on the opportunity to take a work placement in your third year, putting your robotics skills into action in the real world.

- Rise to the challenge as part of the Plymouth Humanoids team, battling it out in a variety of international robot competitions.

- Join our Robotics Society and have the opportunity to assist robot development for international competitions such as the Robocup humanoid football league and robot athletics.

- Immerse yourself in a degree accredited by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) and meet the educational requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

- Benefit from free IET membership while you are on the course.

- To complement your formal learning we offer regular PALS sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Modules

In Year 1 you'll get stuck into the practical, with opportunities for laboratory based project work to increase your confidence in using electronic instrumentation for robotic system evaluation. You'll consolidate your hardware and software skills using industry standard software for simulation, remote control and monitoring. Throughout the year, you will take part in a hands-on robot design and build workshop, ending in a competition where your robot is tested against other students' robots.

During your second year, you'll develop a greater understanding of robot construction and software development and integrate your software and hardware knowledge to customise a microprocessor controlled robot. There's an emphasis on teamwork with opportunities for both group and individual presentations of your projects. You'll use industrial standard software tools for design and simulation, data monitoring and control.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge in specialist robotics topics including machine vision, humanoid robotics, behavioural computing and design for entertainment systems, and robotics and control systems. Your final project showcases your abilities to potential employers and relates your technical knowledge to the business environment. You'll demonstrate your communication skills in an oral and written presentation of your project.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Mechatronics and robotics
74%
med
Cybernetics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
94%
Male students
6%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Production and manufacturing engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Engineering professionals
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
6%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Graduates are in significant demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average. Much the most common industries for these graduates are now vehicle manufacture - there are not enough people with these degrees to go round and so the big employers tend to take the lion's share at the moment. But pretty much anywhere there is manufacturing, there are production engineers. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

Electrical and electronic engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

61%
Engineering professionals
11%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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