MSc Project (Robotics and Autonomous Systems) (876H1)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

This module is designed to expose you to a real-life engineering problem, to which you can apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired in the areas of robotics, mechatronics or autonomous systems.

Your work must be completed within budget, using available resources, by a specified deadline - and presented to an audience that isn't necessarily directly familiar with the work undertaken.

The project requires a holistic approach that brings together what you learn and the engineering skills you develop on the course.

Your project will demand individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking. It involves working as an individual on a particular area of activity relevant to the course, with the goal of meeting a specific set of objectives, supervised by a member of faculty.

The specific objectives depend on the nature of your project. However, it is typical for a project to involve:

  • specification
  • development of concepts
  • detailed design
  • hardware and/or software implementation
  • testing
  • analysis
  • evaluation
  • documentation
  • communication
  • project management
  • resourcing
  • planning
  • scheduling.


100%: Practical (Project)


10%: Coursework (Report)
20%: Practical (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 11 hours of contact time and about 589 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.