BEng (Hons) Robotics - Course overview
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The increasing use of robots for hazardous environments or to assist people with limited mobility offers many new and rewarding career paths. There is an exciting range of engineering and other professional careers in home automation and remote access and monitoring systems. You will be well placed to contribute to the rapid growth of robotic development in new applications.
 
 

Professional accreditation

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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status after some additional learning, either work-based or further advanced study.

IET Scholarships:
All of our electronics and robotics programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); any student embarking on our courses are eligible to apply for a number of IET engineering scholarships. Amounts can vary between £1,000 and £3,000 per annum, and closing dates for applications are usually at the end of June. For more information on the different scholarships available, details on how to apply and confirmed closing dates for applications, please visit the IET Awards and Scholarships web pages.

What students say

​“My course introduced me to various control aspects in engineering through robotics. I was able to approach almost anyone for support when needed and had access to abundant equipment to gain hands-on experience. The structure of the course also allowed me to do a work placement. My final year project was heavily based on my work placement experiences. This, in turn, helped me secure my current role as a Software Development Engineer. I won five prizes whilst on my course including first prize for best application of technological skills and first prize for best use of research.”

Kabul Maharjan
Software Development Engineer,
Cooper Research Technologies

Course highlights

Robotics systems are rapidly developing with innovations in both physical dexterity and behavioural intelligence. The impact on industrial and home automation is significant and this course will prepare you for the challenges offered by these exciting and varied technologies. This course was recently accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and achieved a maximum score of 32/32.

  • Joining our BEng course means working towards an honours degree that is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formerly IEE)
  • Become involved with our robot football team. We are the UK National Champions and frequently sponsor our students to attend matches all over the world!
  • We have links with many sectors of Industry and benefit from their participation in course development, delivery and project sponsorship
  • Our final year student project open day showcases the excellence of the engineering skills development and the high levels of achievement of our undergraduates, with many industrially sponsored prizes awarded

The first two years of all our MEng (Hons)/BEng (Hons) degrees are common. You can change pathways right up until the beginning of the final year. BEng (Hons) students can progress to year 3 of MEng (Hons), subject to appropriate performance. The MEng (Hons) provides the quicker route to professional status of Chartered Engineer. BEng (Hons) graduates must do some additional learning, which may be work-based (continuing professional development) or a postgraduate level.  

Robot Football

Since 2005 we have been developing humanoid robots for teaching, research and international competition in both RoboCup football and FIRA athletics events. In recent years we have gained cups at FIRA competitions, and broken world records for humanoid robot sprint and marathon. We now have over 20 Plymouth Humanoids that are used routinely for teaching, final year student projects and competitions.

The RoboCup team in Eindhoven, The NetherlandsThe student team at FIRA in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As a robotics student you will contribute to the robot football project running in the School. They are designed and built by students and staff here, so you will get involved in a project to extend the features of the robots: electronics, mechanics and software. You could possibly be in the engineering team that travel and compete all over the world.

Plymouth Humanoid BOLT running the marathon                 Plymouth Humanoid EVA

  Check out our Facebook page.

The student-led Robotics Society meets weekly. The Society is a hands-on group where students get to build robots, visit robotics companies and participate in student outreach events to schools and the general public.

Plymouth also offers a very impressive pedigree in robotics research including the very successful robot football team and great facilities.

Electronic laboratory suite in the Smeaton Building

 

Joel Gibbard studied Robotics with Plymouth University. Joel went on to work for National Instruments while further developing the robotic hand he made for his final year project. This became the Open Hand Project. The Dextrus hand aims to make advanced prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. It is a low-cost robotic hand that offers much of the functionality of a human hand. Ultimately, these hands will be sold for under £630.