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Programme structure: Robotics and Autonomous Systems (PhD) - what's running in 2022/23

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

    This section describes which Units you will take in which year of study. It indicates which units are mandatory and where you will be able to choose. The overall pass marks you will need to achieve in order to progress or achieve an award are shown. The full regulations concerning progression and completion are held in the University's Regulations and Code of Practice. Any particular aspects of your programme that are unusual will be highlighted. If any Units are must pass this will be shown below. The linked unit specifications detail any additional requirements.

    What do the Levels represent?

    What do the teaching blocks (TB) mean?

  • Year 1 (2022/23)

The maximum period of study for full-time students is 4 years. This catalogue only shows the taught units on the programme and may not show all years of study.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Robotics Research Technology and Methods EMATM0058 20 Mandatory TB-4
FARSCOPE Group Project EMATM0019 20 Mandatory TB-2
Industry Project AENGM0038 20 Mandatory TB-2
Robotics Systems EMATM0054 20 Mandatory TB-1
Robotics Research Training Workshops AENGM0072 15 Mandatory TB-1
Select from:
Take one UWE and one UoB unit from the following list, totalling 25 credit points:
Transport and Mobility Modelling EMATM0021 10 Optional TB-1
Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence EMATM0029 10 Optional TB-2
Advanced Control & Dynamics (UWE, UFME7F-15-M) EMATM0031 15 Optional TB-2
Robotic Fundamentals (UWE, UFMF4X-15-M) EMATM0033 15 Optional TB-1
Intelligent Information Systems EMATM0042 10 Optional TB-2
Human-Robot Interaction (UWE, UFMFHP-15-M) EMATM0043 15 Optional TB-2
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence EMATM0044 10 Optional TB-2
Machine Vision (UWE, UFMFRR-15-M) EMATM0056 15 Optional TB-1
Soft Robotics EMATM0057 10 Optional TB-2
Assistive Robotics (UWE UFMFSR-15-M) EMATM0059 15 Optional TB-2
Uncertainty Modelling for Intelligent Systems EMATM1120 10 Optional TB-1
Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design AENGM2005 10 Optional TB-2
Mobile Communication Systems EENG30010 10 Optional TB-1
Advanced DSP & FPGA Implementation EENGM4120 10 Optional TB-2
Learning, Computation and the Brain COMSM0094 10 Optional TB-1
The Dissertation Unit EMATM0055 is only taken by those exiting with an MRes award in order to gain the necessary credit.
Dissertation EMATM0055 60 Optional AYEAR
MRes Robotics and Autonomous Systems   180    

Progression/award requirements

The assessment of the taught component of a doctoral degree is governed by the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and is assessed separately from the research project. Progression to the research project may be dependent on the successful completion of the taught component - please refer to the relevant handbook for the structure of the particular programme.

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

Exit awards

It may be possible to exit the programme with a taught award. For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Additional progress information

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points of taught units, to include at least one of 'Robotics Fundamentals' and 'Robotic Systems'. There is no Postgraduate Diploma exit award.

To be awarded the MRes, students must have successfully completed 180 credit points from the taught units, including the dissertation unit. Note that the MRes degree will only be awarded to students electing to exit the CDT programme after one year.

The dissertation unit is must pass at the first attempt for students on the PhD. The dissertation unit may only be retaken by students who intend to exit with the MRes.