Robot Design and Implementation (874H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This is a hands-on, intensive project-based module that exposes you to the design and implementation of robotic mechanisms from scratch.

You will form teams and propose, construct, and test a physical prototype of a robotic system that aims to achieve a function requirement for solving a real-world problem/task.

Throughout the module, you will apply kinematic, dynamic, tolerance, and structural analyses to your designs; implement novel fabrication techniques; programme embedded controllers to interact with actuators and sensors; and acquire practical knowledge of project management – all fundamental skills for the development of your Master’s individual project.

The module utilises learning from each Term 1 module.


27%: Lecture
73%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Group submission (written), Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.