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Robotics and Automation
Undergraduate course
MEng

Robotics and Automation

International Scholarships available

Overview

Be part of the robotics revolution - make robots come 'alive' and develop their ability to think and make decisions that assist human activity.

Working hands-on with robotics from the start, you will learn how to program various hardware and software for real-life case studies, such as a discovery robot that will navigate and interact with its environment through a range of sensors, including infra-red, sonar, cameras and GPS. You will gain the problem-solving skills that are crucial to engineering.

This course is an integrated masters, studied over four years and combining undergraduate and postgraduate study into one course.
As well as a year in industry, you will have the opportunity to make site visits and attend industry conferences. This will help build your network of contacts and give you an insight into the latest advancements in robotics engineering.

Our dedicated onsite engineering and automation labs house the very latest industry-standard hardware and software for you to use, such as Lab View, Siemens STEP 7 and ELVIS boards. You will also be able to make use of the facilities at Premier Farnell, thanks to our collaborative relationship with this Leeds-based global technology company.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

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If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

James Rawlings

Careers

James Rawlings
Product Design Engineer GR Electricals

MSc Advanced Engineering Management

“Working and studying at the same time has worked really well for me - I've been able to apply each of my modules to what I do on a day-to-day basis. My course has strengthened my knowledge of the electrical industry and allowed me to start formulating ideas for my own website.

Teaching and learning

Through a technological and applied focus, gain the expertise to design and implement robotic products and systems, with a strong understanding of the underlying electronic engineering and emphasis on the context of manufacturing.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Explore the theoretical frameworks required to study this subject, while building the necessary practical skills required in designing, building and testing electronic and electrical systems. Your studies will be focused on project-based learning approaches through laboratory and workshop based activities.
Overall workload
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312 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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888 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
31%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
53%
Core Modules

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to develop and test digital electronics circuits and systems.

Study fundamental engineering principles, using a top-down approach to analyse a range of engineering systems and sub-systems. You will become familiar with engineering terminology and literature, develop your scientific understanding of the technologies involved and learn to appreciate the ingenuity of design of widely-used sensors and typical system components.

Learn to analyse and develop simple analogue electronic circuits.

Computer Systems Architecture

Develop your understanding of manufacturing and production engineering and the software and computer tools available to engineers.

Combining a series of lectures with a large number of practical workshop sessions, you will be introduced to the basic engineering design process and use electronics / robotics kits as a starting point to design, build and test a working prototype with a range of functionalities.

Designed to support your learning throughout your first year, this module will build your understanding of the core mathematical and physical concepts used in your year one core modules.

Broaden and deepen the core practical skills and theoretical knowledge you have acquired at Year One. You will also study topics in microprocessor-based programming and control, and apply this through the study of digital devices in the field of robotics. The design and make of electronic devices or systems is encouraged within the team project.
Overall workload
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222 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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978 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
3%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
22%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
75%
Core Modules

Apply the theory of robotics within the field of an automation/industrial setting and develop strategies for the implementation of a robotic/automation system within a given scenario.

Learn to program and interface embedded systems to adapt them for a variety of purposes, such as medical systems, food monitoring systems, vision systems and automotive systems.

Building on the knowledge gained in your first year, you will enhance your ability to analyse and develop electronic and electrical systems.

Operating Systems for Robotics

Apply the theory of device control in a variety of systems. You will investigate the theory, properties and fundamentals of control systems, research the variety of sensors and actuators that are used within control systems, and program devices using control strategies and selected sensors and actuators.

Build on your first year modules and use your understanding of the engineering design and development processes to design, build and test a working prototype with a range of functionalities. You will be expected to use your own designs to augment any standard components and to provide enhanced functionality for your project.

Designed to support your learning throughout your second year, through a series of lectures and tutorials, you will be guided through the mathematical and physical concepts used in your year two core modules.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Advance your expertise to demonstrate how subjects can be applied to devices used within industry. You will reinforce your core professional skills in project management and accounts, and the you will specialise in a number of optional pathways, including Engineering Simulation, Advanced Device Applications and Digital Signal Processing.
Overall workload
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175 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1025 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
22%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
16%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
62%
Core Modules

Develop your understanding of manufacturing and production engineering, discovering where and how computer simulation can benefit an organisation and examining its role in the design, planning and control of production systems.

An opportunity to develop a product, ideally for an external client. You will research, generate ideas, design, create, implement and evaluate your product, reflecting on your own performance throughout the process.

An introduction to management accounting and information systems theory and techniques, you will examine the support systems for information management and the contribution of the accountant in providing information for decision-making.

Option modules may include:

Develop your understanding of the simulation tools available to an engineer to take a design from concept idea to market.

An introduction to the key processes, tools, techniques, methodologies and issues associated with project management.

Investigate the theory, design and implementation of computer controlled industrial systems.

Study an overview of digital signal processing and its applications, looking at practical examples from a range of areas, including communications, data compressing and audio processing.

Power Electronics

Industrial Networks

Gain the opportunity to specialise your technical skills, while further developing the professional skills and expertise required of engineering students seeking CEng registration (for which a Level 7 qualification is a prerequisite). Both the technical and the professional skills come together in the final project/dissertation; which form the major focus for the second semester.
Overall workload
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122 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1078 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
14%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
86%
Core Modules

An opportunity to engage in research or advanced scholarship in a subject area that is of particular interest to you. You will carry out an in-depth research project, which will be discussed in a formal dissertation.

Develop the skills required to initiate, plan, execute, manage and sign off a project. You will focus on appropriate methodologies, standards, legislation and the nine core knowledge areas associated with project management.

Enhance your awareness of the methods and skills which are required to carry out masters-level research successfully and reflect critically on their own development. You will prepare a research proposal that will identify the work you will undertake during the Dissertation module.

Option modules may include:

Examine the social, legal, ethical and environmental issues arising in the life cycle of a product, from raw materials to the final recycling. Modelling of products and design processes will be used to show how products may be redesigned to in response to social, legal, ethical and environmental demands.

Study real time control issues using the latest PLC controls and emulation software. You will conduct remote monitoring using web enabled software and wireless connectivity.

An introduction to intelligent systems and robotics, you will learn about fundamental principles and approaches for intelligent systems, autonomous behaviour, sensing and control, through the practical example of a simple robotic device (Delta Robot).

This module deals with the need to respond to demands for new and different products. You will develop your knowledge of lean manufacturing strategies and advanced manufacturing processes.

Explore the principles of networking, focusing on the techniques for deploying modern converged networks. You will study the tools, techniques and paradigms for creating hybrid networks that support converged applications, for example data and internet telephony.

Gain an understanding of the techniques involved in systems programming. You will look at various approaches to design and programming modern day computer systems at a very intricate level.

Use discreet event simulation and 3D modelling techniques to construct virtual factories that use automated systems. You will conduct an analysis of material flow using discrete event simulation.

 Duncan Folley
Duncan Folley
Principal Lecturer
After leaving school Duncan became an engineer at Lucas Aerospace where he gained great industrial experience working on harpoon missiles and RB211 engines. He then studied a mechanical engineering degree and robotics masters. His main passions are automation, manufacturing and robotics in aerospace and the food industry.
Seeing chocolate bars being made and packaged at nearly 500 bars per second makes you appreciate the design expertise that drives process engineering. With the new facilities here at Leeds Beckett, you will get the opportunity to see just how this can be achieved.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies
  • Student placements with ITS

Course specific

  • All software used on the course if a student version is available.
  • A minimum of one field trip per year. Coach / travel and entry costs are included in your tuition fee.
  • A three day away trip in year one. All fees, food, accommodation and travel will be paid for.
  • Placements which are usually paid.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Additional costs incurred during field trips e.g. lunch.
  • Accommodation / travel / commuting costs incurred during any placements
    (Payments for these costs should be negotiated as part of the placement itself, or considered as any other normal outgoing while working would be. Placements are usually paid)

Course-specific optional costs

  • A laptop running Windows 10
    (Laptops can be borrowed from the university for free should you choose not to purchase your own and all computer labs at the university run Windows 10)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies
  • Student placements with ITS

Course specific

  • All software used on the course if a student version is available.
  • A minimum of one field trip per year. Coach / travel and entry costs are included in your tuition fee.
  • A three day away trip in year one. All fees, food, accommodation and travel will be paid for.
  • Placements which are usually paid.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Additional costs incurred during field trips e.g. lunch.
  • Accommodation / travel / commuting costs incurred during any placements
    (Payments for these costs should be negotiated as part of the placement itself, or considered as any other normal outgoing while working would be. Placements are usually paid)

Course-specific optional costs

  • A laptop running Windows 10
    (Laptops can be borrowed from the university for free should you choose not to purchase your own and all computer labs at the university run Windows 10)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Automation and embedded systems laboratories
    Automation and embedded systems laboratories

    The laboratories provide equipment to support electrical and electronic engineering and include industry proven technologies such as Siemens Programmable Logic controllers, NI ELVIS and myRIO systems.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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