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MEng Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems

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Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Mode of delivery
5 years
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Robotic and autonomous systems are now used in areas such as autonomous vehicle guidance, healthcare, remote surgery, industrial manufacturing and domestic assistance. This multi-disciplined BEng Robotics degree brings together electronics, computer software, and mechanics.  

In the first three years, you’ll be given a background in all three disciplines, along with the opportunity to build integrated systems. In fourth year, you can either continue with a broad-based curriculum, or specialise in particular aspects of contemporary robotics. 

During your studies, you will apply our ‘learning by doing’ philosophy by practically developing your skills beyond traditional academic content. You’ll work on both individual and group projects from third year onwards, gaining valuable hands-on experience. The projects challenge you to solve a 'real life' problem – such as the project in which our students helped design an electronic egg to monitor penguin incubation. You will be taught how to use industry-standard equipment and facilities, and will be supported and encouraged by staff to use the equipment to further your studies, and innovate creative engineering solutions in your personal time.  

Why study Robotics? 

Robotics and AI are seen as key technologies for the future and the subject of massive commercial investment. 

There is a rapidly growing worldwide demand for graduates with the technical skills and industry awareness to create an innovation pipeline from academic research to global markets in the field of robotics. Key application areas include manufacturing, assistive and medical robots, offshore energy, environmental monitoring, search and rescue, defence, and support for the aging population. 

Apple, Google, Uber, Amazon and Facebook all have major ongoing research programs in robotics. In the UK, Dyson, 5AI and a plethora of SMEs and start-ups are trying to grasp the huge market opportunity that is foreseen. Predictions of the worldwide economic impact of Robotics and Autonomous Systems range from US$1.7 trillion to US$4.5 trillion by 2025. 

Your student experience

Your learning will be informed by the expertise of our research-active robotics and electrical and electronic engineers and academics.  

96% of Heriot-Watt University’s engineering research was classed as world-leading in the REF 2021 review, which ranked us 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh. 

Our BEng Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems draws upon the world class research carried out by Heriot-Watt as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS). The centre is leading in the UK effort to realise the potential of Robotics and AI technology, by producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers, trained to take a central role through technical skill coupled to industry and marketing awareness.  

You will also benefit from the work completed by the on-campus National Robotarium. The multimillion-pound UK innovation hub for robotics and autonomous systems has been built in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and delivers leading research and support for business creation and growth. The presence of the National Robotarium provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills at the forefront of robotics and AI.  

The research relevance of this undergraduate programme ensures your studies remain cutting-edge and industry focused. 

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Provides the basic mathematics, electronics, programming, and mechanical engineering skills that form the core knowledge for later work.

Mandatory September

  • Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Praxis Electronic Design
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1
  • Software Development 1

Mandatory January

  • Praxis Programming
  • Robotics group project
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2
  • Software Development 2

Programme Video

Robotics video

Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: Your residency status is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AABB (Must include AB/BA in Mathematics plus one of Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science - Physics is preferred)
  • A-Levels BBC - ABB (including Mathematics and Physics with one at B)
  • IB 30 (with Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM in relevant subject
  • HNC A in graded unit in relevant HNC with additional Mathematics

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (to include Mathematics plus Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science at B)
  • A-Levels CCC (to include Mathematics and Physics)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


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