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MEng (Hons) Robotic Engineering

University of York
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

MEng (Hons) Robotic Engineering

From our homes to our hospitals, robots are fast becoming an important part of many aspects of our lives.

On this innovative course, you'll study a wide range of engineering concepts before going on to specialise in autonomous technology.

We build employability into every aspect of our courses. Alongside developing an in-depth understanding of your subject, you'll gain a range of transferable skills that will allow you to take on a career in a number of sectors and thrive in management roles.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAA including Maths. Your other two subjects can be any. We welcome arts and humanities subjects.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: BTEC Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in Electronic, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or a related subject with an overall grade of Pass with Distinction. BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering with an overall grade of DDD and A level Maths grade A. All applicants need Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians. We do consider applications from people offering combinations of A levels and BTEC subsidiary diplomas. Contact us for more advice.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate: 36 points overall with grade 6 in Maths at Higher Level
  • Other qualifications: If your qualifications are not suitable for direct entry to one of our degree courses but you think you have the potential to succeed, consider applying to our BEng Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year course. To transfer from the Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year course onto any of our MEng courses you'll need to complete the foundation year and achieve a score of at least 60% in all the Foundation Year Mathematics examinations.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 169, with a minimum of 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 100 overall, with a minimum of 90 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

You'll study five core modules covering the properties of engineering materials and how these properties are used in useful applications, such as mechanical and electrical design. Semiconductors provide the basis of microcontrollers which you will learn to program, controlling machinery. This new knowledge will be used to build an innovative medical device in groups as part of a hands-on practical project.

  • Stage 1 Project

Core modules

  • Mathematics
  • Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Circuits
  • Introduction to Electrical Machines
  • Programming for Microcontrollers
  • Materials and Mechanics

Year 2

You'll study five further core modules introducing thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, illustrating the processes that occur within mechanical machinery. Power electrotechnology is studied further and sensors are introduced to increase your design and control knowledge. Manufacturing processes are also studied and practised to increase your ingenuity for developing a more sophisticated group project.

  • Stage 2 Project

Core modules

  • Engineering Mathematics, Signals and Systems
  • Manufacturing and Fabrication
  • Thermo-dynamics and Fluid Dynamics
  • Sensors, Noise and Filters
  • AC Machines and Power Electronics

Year 3

In Year 3, you'll study six core modules to further your knowledge of robot design and construction and human-robot interaction. To apply your growing knowledge you will design a robotic water collection and analysis system as part of a group project. You will also be able to choose two further option modules from our broad range to complement your specialist learning.

  • Stage 3 Project

Core modules

  • Mechanics and MEMS
  • Control
  • Management
  • Robotics Design and Construction
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • State Space and Digital Control

Option modules

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Communication Systems
  • Principles of DSP
  • MEMS: Materials, Manufacturing and Measurement
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Composite Materials
  • Clinical Engineering

Year 4

In Year 4, you'll complete a major individual project drawing on all of the skills and knowledge assimilated so far. You'll continue with three core modules relating to your specialism including Swarm Robotics and Machine Vision. You'll also have a free choice of one further option module to allow you to tailor your programme to your skills, interests and career goals.

  • Stage 4 Project

Core modules

  • Swarm Robotics
  • Biologically Inspired Computation
  • Machine Vision

Option modules

  • Smart Materials
  • Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Strategic Management
  • Advanced Control

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £22,650 per year


Transferable skills

  • Time management
  • Teamworking
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • System analysis
  • Problem solving through design

Career opportunities

  • Avionic systems engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Digital consultancy
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications design
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Automotive safety
  • Visual effects

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University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom

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