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University of Plymouth

Robotics

UCAS Code: H676

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


128 UCAS points including Grade B in A Level Maths and Grade B in a second relevant subject: Chemistry / Computing / Design Technology / Electronics / Engineering / Physics / Further Maths / Pure Maths / Use of Maths / Statistics. Excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination.

Considered on an individual basis.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

32 points overall to include 5 at Higher Level in Maths and 5 at Higher Level in a second relevant subject. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H3

To include Maths and a second relevant subject.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

BTEC must be Engineering / Science / Technology based. Will require Distinction in Mathematics units.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

128 UCAS points including Grade B in Advanced Higher Maths and Grade B in a second relevant subject.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

128

128 UCAS points including Grade B in A Level Maths and Grade B in a second relevant subject: Chemistry / Computing / Design Technology / Electronics / Engineering / Physics / Further Maths / Pure Maths / Use of Maths / Statistics. Excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Mechatronics and robotics

Cybernetics

Taking BEng (Hons) Robotics to the next level, this MEng course digs deeper into the robotic technologies that are shaping today and tomorrow. Providing an extra year of insight and training, your learning will be informed by robotics research pushing boundaries worldwide led by our very own teaching staff. You’ll build technical and managerial skills that you can put into practice daily, through a final group project that will set your course for success when you graduate.

You will experience learning that meets the highest standard academic requirements set by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). You will draw on unique opportunities to engage in world-class robotics research, and in a variety of activities. You’ll capitalise on the opportunity to take a work placement in your second or third year, putting your robotics skills into action in the real world. You will take the fastest route to Chartered Engineer status.

**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.

- Immerse yourself in a degree accredited by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

- Keep pace with the fast-moving world of robotics, on a course that cuts a path through the latest research across technologies and disciplines.

- Take the fastest route to Chartered Engineer status.

- Experience learning that meets the highest standard academic requirements set by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

- Undertake a major robotics design and implementation in your final project, showcasing your technical and managerial skills. Develop your technical content, legal and business skills as well as team working and project planning.

- Capitalise on the opportunity to take a work placement in your second or 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.

- Develop professional writing skills as well as strengthening your technical design skills.

- Refine your professional project management skills, with dedicated professional support from staff across the entire final year on every different aspect of your project.

- Work alongside internationally-renowned staff in a leading service and cognitive robotics research environment.

- Draw on unique opportunities to engage in world-class robotics research, and in a variety of activities (for example, in the humanoid robot football, Federation of - International Robot-soccer Association (FIRA) competition).

Modules

In your first year you'll learn through doing, developing your knowledge and practical problem solving skills in our dedicated robotics and communications laboratories. From analogue and digital electronics to engineering mathematics, you'll build up the essential foundations of robotics. Group project work will also help you develop your communication skills and you'll learn structured design procedures for hardware and software all brought together in an integrating robotics project.

Throughout your second year, you'll develop a greater understanding of underlying engineering principles and circuit design methods. Again there's an emphasis on team-work, with the opportunity to do both group and individual presentations of your projects. You'll use industrial standard software tools for design and simulation, data monitoring and control, all valuable preparation for your final year individual project or for a placement year.

In your final year your skills, expertise and know how come into their own. Through your individual project you'll consolidate your knowledge, explore and evaluate new technologies and showcase your potential. You'll demonstrate your communication skills in an oral and written presentation of your project. Refining the independent learning skills you've developed throughout the course, you'll build a proactive, imaginative and dynamic approach to learning, vital for your future robotics career.

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

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)

C
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
med
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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