Robots acting independently of human control – which can learn, adapt and take decisions – will revolutionise our economies and societies over the next 20 years. They will work for and with us in diverse industries including oil and gas, defence, marine, renewable energy, healthcare, assisted living, transport, manufacturing, nuclear, space, digital media and education.
The RAIS programme provides a tutor-led and industrially relevant cross-disciplinary programme spanning the disciplines of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. It is designed for graduates with a good first degree in any of these areas, who are looking to develop skills in specific aspects of robotic systems that can be used in a range of end applications.
The programme emphasises both theoretical and practical aspects, aiming to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for international employment in this expanding and economically relevant area and/or further study at the EPSRC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Centre for Doctoral Training at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
The themes include:
- Marine Robotics
- Autonomous Robotics
- Evolutionary and Bioinspired Robotics
- Human-Robot Interaction
- Embedded Robotics
- Robot Vision
Students will join a vibrant research environment that combines the strengths of both Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities through EDU-RAS – The Edinburgh Alliance in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
For more information, including a list of potential supervisors, please see http://home.eps.hw.ac.uk/~xk5/MScRAIS.html
One year (MSc); 9 months (Diploma)
The mandatory courses depend on the named robotics theme being followed. These include:
- Linear Control
- Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Embedded Systems
- Real Time Imaging and Control
- Biologically Inspired Computation
- Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
- Robotic Mechanical Systems
- Advanced Interaction Design
- Image Processing
- Robotics and Automation
In addition, four further courses from a comprehensive list of options relevant to the theme will be taken.
The contact hours for the taught part of the MSc are in the region of 16 to 20 hours per week with a similar amount of additional self-study and research required.
A first class or upper second honours degree in a relevant cognate discipline with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.
English language requirements
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 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
Fees & funding
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£5200||£2600||£650|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£5200||£2600||£650|
* 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.
** Fee per course
Scholarships & 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.