Robotics and Smart Technologies

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Award

MSc

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
25 Months
Duration:
22 Months
Start date:

Become a specialist

Gain invaluable knowledge in a growing industry

Real life applications

You’ll be work-ready on completion of the course

Excellent facilities

Including Engineering laboratories and the Digital Shed

Studying Robotics and Smart Technologies enables you to experience an expert knowledge of the multi-discipline areas of robotics, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, smart cities and ‘internet of things’ for network-enabled products.

This course offers a full spectrum of learning and current research with our experienced staff. Face-to-face teaching and use of our specialised laboratories will ensure you have the latest knowledge in this dynamic field.

You’ll get a practical understanding of the use of robotics both inside and outside of the industry, as well as embedded systems, the use of network-enabled devices in the home, autonomous vehicles (both automotive and aeronautical), and the use of artificial intelligence.

With this Masters course, you’ll undertake a major project where you can specialise in an area of interest to support your work goals. The course has been designed with employability in mind to ensure graduates meet the demands of a growing sector.

This course offers a full spectrum of learning and current research with our experienced staff. Face-to-face teaching and use of our specialised laboratories will ensure you have the latest knowledge in this dynamic field.

You’ll get a practical understanding of the use of robotics both inside and outside of the industry, as well as embedded systems, the use of network-enabled devices in the home, autonomous vehicles (both automotive and aeronautical), and the use of artificial intelligence.

With this Masters course, you’ll undertake a major project where you can specialise in an area of interest to support your work goals. The course has been designed with employability in mind to ensure graduates meet the demands of a growing sector.

This course offers a full spectrum of learning and current research with our experienced staff. Face-to-face teaching and use of our specialised laboratories will ensure you have the latest knowledge in this dynamic field.

You’ll get a practical understanding of the use of robotics both inside and outside of the industry, as well as embedded systems, the use of network-enabled devices in the home, autonomous vehicles (both automotive and aeronautical), and the use of artificial intelligence.

With this Masters course, you’ll undertake a major project where you can specialise in an area of interest to support your work goals. The course has been designed with employability in mind to ensure graduates meet the demands of a growing sector.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Robotics and Smart Technologies

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Robotics and Smart Technologies

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Robotics and Smart Technologies

Part-time study

This course is offered on a part-time basis over three years. You’ll take two modules each semester in Year 1 and 2 and complete the project in Year 3.

Part-time study

This course is offered on a part-time basis over three years. You’ll take two modules each semester in Year 1 and 2 and complete the project in Year 3.

Part-time study

This course is offered on a part-time basis over three years. You’ll take two modules each semester in Year 1 and 2 and complete the project in Year 3.

Course content

You’ll undertake eight modules and an MSc project. All modules are designed for the practical application, so you’ll be work-ready on completion of the course.

Modules cover a range of important topics such as the use of embedded systems, artificial intelligence and advanced robotic systems. You’ll also work on 'internet of things' devices, as well as autonomous vehicles and their applications.

You’ll undertake eight modules and an MSc project. All modules are designed for the practical application, so you’ll be work-ready on completion of the course.

Modules cover a range of important topics such as the use of embedded systems, artificial intelligence and advanced robotic systems. You’ll also work on 'internet of things' devices, as well as autonomous vehicles and their applications.

You’ll undertake eight modules and an MSc project. All modules are designed for the practical application, so you’ll be work-ready on completion of the course.

Modules cover a range of important topics such as the use of embedded systems, artificial intelligence and advanced robotic systems. You’ll also work on 'internet of things' devices, as well as autonomous vehicles and their applications.

Robotics and Smart Technologies

Robotics and Smart Technologies

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Join the exciting world of automation, robotics and smart technologies and be a pioneer in the future of smart homes, smart transportation and more.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 15 credits
Autonomous Vehicles 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Internet Of Things Devices 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits
Real-Time Embedded Systems And Control 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 15 credits
Autonomous Vehicles 15 credits
Internet Of Things Devices 15 credits
Real-Time Embedded Systems And Control 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Robotic Systems 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering discipline, such as Electronic Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechatronics, for example.

If your first language is not English, a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Normal requirements are at least 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering discipline, such as Electronic Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechatronics, for example.

If your first language is not English, a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Normal requirements are at least 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering discipline, such as Electronic Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechatronics, for example.

If your first language is not English, a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Robot offers local business a helping hand

News

A Staffordshire University student is working with a local company to drive forward their business – with a helping hand from a robotic arm

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Facilities

Engineering Laboratories

Packed with state-of-the-art software and hardware resources reflecting current trends in the development of engineering & technology subjects.

Real Time Lab

Our Real Time Lab has a suite of 20, 6 axis programmable robotic arms, autonomous vehicles, micro-controllers, motors, sensors and state-of-the-art design suites for embedded software programming and electronic design.

Careers

After completing the Robotics and Smart Technologies MSc, you’ll be equipped to work in the following roles:

  • Research and development
  • Engineering consultancy
  • Project management
  • Teaching

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Introducing: The Smart Zone

Introducing: The Smart Zone

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Our £1.3m Smart Zone gives students access to the latest 3D printing, VR technology and more.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures and tutorials, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Work in specialist laboratories
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures and tutorials, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Work in specialist laboratories
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures and tutorials, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Work in specialist laboratories
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do. We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Staff

The content of the Robotics and Smart Technologies MSc draws on a range of research specialisms within Engineering at Staffordshire University, allowing students to benefit from working alongside leading academics.  This allows the content to maintain its currency by supporting staff to integrate their research into their teaching practice.  MSc students have the opportunity to develop MSc projects supported by the research specialism of the staff team, allowing them to actively participate in the research culture with Engineering.

Dr Alison Griffiths

Associate Professor

Alison's expertise includes smart grids and their protection and renewable integration, smart homes, wireless sensor network design, implementation & optimisation.

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Dr David Dyke

Course Director

Dave's expertise focuses on Control engineering, signal processing, electrical circuit analysis, analogue electronics, hardware-based digital electronics, radar. His research interests focus on Social Implications of Technology, Technology & Society

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Dr Anas Amjad

Course Director

Anas's expertise is in smart technologies, wireless sensor networks, digital signal and image processing, mathematical modelling and simulation of engineering systems.

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Professor Abdel-Hamid Soliman

Professor

Abdel-Hamid's expertise includes automation, including Smart Cities, Building automation, Energy management, Security, Safety and health applications.

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Debi Roberts

Course Director

Debi has a keen interest in Automotive and Aeronautical Aerodynamics, Engine Design and Engineering History (Automotive and Aeronautical).

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Fees

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

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Applications are not currently available for this course.

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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