Guide to Studying Robotics
What is Robotics?
- Robotics is a branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering and computer science.
- It deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.
Why Study Robotics?
- Embedded intelligence is now in products ranging from cars to domestic appliances. Robotics isn't the future, it is the now. It makes sense to get on board.
- There are plenty of areas to specialise in, once you have a favourite. Intelligent systems range from unmanned vehicles in aerospace and robots in sub-sea exploration, to consumer products and the creative arts.
- Industry forecasters predict massive growth and estimate the service robotics market to increase to an annual $66 billion by 2025. There's money to be made if you know what you're doing.
- Demand for graduates with the technical and creative ability to work in this area is set to increase. The difficult job market of today is still pretty open for robotics graduates.
- Some courses do work placements with blue-chip organisations like Intel, the London Stock Exchange and IBM. Others offer the knowhow required to start up your own business.
Coursework, Assessment and Exams
- Courses are assessed via a variety of ways, through a mixture of exams and coursework. The best and most rewarding courses place a strong emphasis on a hands-on approach, and teach with a mixture of lab sessions, lectures, tutorials and projects.
What Degree Can I Get?
- MSci Robotics and Intelligent Systems
- BEng Mechtronics and Robotic Systems
- BSc Artificial Intelligence
- BEng Robotics
What Qualifications do I Need?
- Entry requirements depend on the university and course, and are subject to change.
Use the CUG Course Chooser to search through Robotics courses.
What are the Postgraduate Opportunities
- There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
- Examples include straight MAs in Robotics, as well as masters in Artificial Intelligence, Automation Control, Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Robotics, and Intelligent Systems.
What are the Job Opportunities?
- Robotics degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as detailed skills both in programming, as well as physical engineering, which are equally important.
- Particular job areas include robotics technician, computer programming, sales and marketing, software engineering, clinical and laboratory research, and applied process engineering.
- Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including Bosch.