The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Introducing a brand new programme being taught at Heriot-Watt University for the academic year 2018/19

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Overview

Heriot-Watt University is recognised as an international leader in Robotics and its subdiscipline of Human-Robot Interaction. This research area exists within the broad domain of Artificial Intelligence and has been identified as one of the fastest growing areas for the UK.

The leading demand within the robotics market is for consumer and office robots, which has been growing at 17% between 2014 and now; seven times faster than the market for manufacturing robots. As far as technological trends are concerned, companies will, in the near future, be concentrating on the collaboration of human and machine, simplified applications, and light-weight robots. Added to this are demands for two-armed robots, mobile solutions and the integration of robots into existing environments.

With this market growth in mind Heriot-Watt University has designed a new MSc programme to educate graduates in the discipline of engineering robots that can assist human beings while having their behaviour controlled and shaped by interaction with human beings.


Course content

Detailed course guide

Full-time students take 4 courses in each of 2 semesters and must normally take all core courses.

Core courses

  • Conversational Agents and Spoken Language Processing
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Intelligent Robotics
  • Research Methods and Project Planning

Optional courses

  • 3D Graphics and Animation
  • Advanced Interaction Design
  • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents
  • Big Data Management
  • Computer Games Programming
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Image Processing
  • Statistical Modelling and Analysis

After semester 2, students continue full-time on the MSc project from May until August. It is assessed by a 15000 word dissertation on a challenging practical problem in this subject area.

Full details on this Masters programme are available here.

Entry requirements

Admission requires a 1st or 2nd class honours degree or its overseas equivalent that has imparted reasonable know-how in programming and databases and included some study of mathematics at university level. Suitable candidates are likely to have studied a first degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Robotics.

English language requirements

Important: If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 (with no component under 5.5), we also accept TOEFL (scores of 79 and higher).

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7168 £3584
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7168 £3584
Overseas £18680 £9340

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.