Advanced Robotics

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


The only MSc in Advanced Robotics in UK, our programme will provide a unique opportunity to study advanced robotics topics in intensive detail. A key part of the programme is the extensive individual project which will be closely linked to research activities in the School of Engineering and Materials Science  and in the school of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. For students keen to get into industry the MSc provides an opportunity to pursue commercialization activities and receive relevant training, supported by Queen Mary Innovation (QMI) and collaborating industrial partners. For the research-focused student there is the opportunity to publish research project findings in international conferences / journals and develop a research portfolio.

The Centre for Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary University of London (ARQ) conducts robotics research of the highest level and aims to generate interruptive innovations in all areas relating to robotics and is expected to have a major impact in those areas. One of the important objectives of ARQ is to actively pursue collaborative activities with partners in the UK in robotics and autonomous systems. The Centre specialises in the following areas: Control and power, Human-machine interaction, Perception and AI and Cognition.


The MSc in Advanced Robotics includes 1 compulsory, and 5 optional taught modules, as shown on the structure below. Starting in Semester A the programme also includes an extended research project, which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

1 Compulsory module:
Cognitive Robotics 
5 Optional modules chosen from the following:
Advanced Transform Methods 
Data Mining 
Computational Engineering 
Surgical Techniques and Safety 
Introduction to Computer Vision 
Introduction to Internet of Things (IoT) 
Electronic Sensing 
Design for Human Interaction 
Machine learning 
Advanced Robotics Systems 
Artificial Intelligence 
Medical Robotics Techniques 
Numerical Optimisation in Engineering Design 
Real Time Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 
Clinical Measurements 
Deep Learning and Computer Vision 
Cloud Computing 
Real-Time and Critical Systems 
Extended Research project
The research project forms a major component of the Advanced Robotics degree course and  provides an excellent opportunity for students to participate in the internationally leading research taking place within Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ). Students work on a Robotics related project supervised by a member of academic staff and integrated within the wider research team. The MSc projects are closely aligned with the research of the Centre and provide an ideal opportunity for the students to prepare themselves for work in industry. 
The individual research projects are designed by the academic staff in collaboration with the external organizations to develop the students' research capability and ability to create complete robotics systems that can operate in a range of possibly unstructured and dynamic environments, with students gaining expertise in kinematics, dynamics, control, electronics, programming, machine learning and material selection. 

Entry requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A Good 2:2 UK degree or overseas equivalent is required, usually in subjects with substantial Maths or Physics content.  Relevant subjects can be Robotics, Mechatronics, Engineering (including Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Bioengineering or similar), or Computer Science.  Non relevant degree subjects may be considered if there is evidence of sufficient study in Maths/Physics or related modules. IELTS 6.5 is required.

International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.

If you do not meet the language requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the School of Engineering and Materials Science for assistance.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.

The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.

Research Project
A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in both SEMS and EECS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS and EECS


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,250
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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