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Robotics Engineering - BEng / MEng (Hons) Degree

This integrated programme in Robotics Engineering will give you a broad exposure to one of the most dynamic and growing sectors in technology. The unique design of the programme will offer you the opportunity to study the most exciting aspects of robotics, and apply them to the design and development of sophisticated autonomous intelligent systems. You will be exposed to a wide range of robotics engineering theories and scientific applications, with consideration for the ethical issues surrounding the sector.

Hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment will give you practical skills. The programme is integrated closely with the EUREKA Robotics Lab at Cardiff School of Technologies. The Lab is recognised by the UK Government as one of only fourteen specialist research centres in robotics in the UK, and the only leading centre specialised in social and service robotics. You will have access to cutting-edge facilities and to some of the most advanced robots on the market. You will be able to work with social, service and educational humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence features, and robotic arms for industrial robotics research and development.

The programme is built with a focus on employability, ethical and social entrepreneurship. Students will be encouraged to gain industry experience through an optional placement year. 

The programme is designed to allow accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, thus establishing graduates on the path to becoming a Chartered Engineer. Upon graduation, you will be ideally placed to start a successful career in this booming sector. You will be ready to meet the business needs of companies operating at the cutting-edge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, across a multitude of sectors and subject areas.

Course information on this page relates to September 2021 entry.

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0)

This programme can incorporate a Foundation Year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the degree, who fall into one of the following categories: 

1. Students who have not achieved the required A-Level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme. 

2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time. 

Further information about the Foundation Year can be found by clicking here.


Year 1

Year 1 will cover a number of topics designed to give a broad underpinning of the techniques and principles of engineering used within electronic and computer systems. You will study the theory and practice of designing analogue and digital systems, and will be introduced to the exciting world of mechanical and electronics systems in combination (mechatronics). Your work will be complimented with instruction in applied engineering mathematics, and the development and organisation of software build solutions. Project work will allow you to consolidate of the material covered by developing systems to solve real world problems.

Modules:

  • Architectures and Operating Systems

  • Technology and Society

  • Principles of Programming

  • Analog and Digital Electronics 1

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Introduction to Mechatronics


Year 2

Year 2 will build on the topics and themes of year 1 to introduce a number of additional topics designed to give you a deeper view of the techniques and principles of engineering used within robotic systems. You will cover the theory and practice of using software to control hardware. You will have the opportunity to build electronic systems to consolidate theoretical work through the development of hardware projects. The application of mathematics to the design of control systems will give you insight into the accurate positioning and manipulation of automated machinery, including robotic arms. The design and process of manufacturing robotic systems will be a key component of this year. Research skills and project management will also be covered. You will also undertake project work to consolidate your learning by developing systems to solve real-life robotic problems.

Modules:

  • Engineering Mathematics 2

  • Physical Computing

  • Social Humanoid Robotics

  • Control Systems

  • Robotics and Automation Systems

  • Engineering Project Management


Year 3

Year 3 covers a range of topics in greater depth. Having developed programming skills in earlier years, you will go on to apply these skills to programming hardware and specialised microprocessor and controller chips. Work will continue to develop and deepen your understanding of analogue and digital systems, including intelligent and smart control and electronic power systems. In addition to core modules, there are options to study artificial intelligence and how it is applied to robotics and automated control applications; advanced computing architectures; cyber security; as well as technical project management. An individual project will enable you to consolidate your learning by developing systems to contribute towards solving a real-world robotics problem of your choice.

Students also have the option to complete a year-long placement in industry between Years 2 and 3.

Modules:

  • Power Electronics and Systems

  • Autonomous Systems

  • Advanced Control Systems

  • Professional Engineering Practical Project

Optional:

  • Parallel & Distributed Systems

  • Computational Intelligence

  • Digital & Analogue Communications Systems

  • Industrial Work Experience (Placement)


Year 4

Building on a broad and deep understanding of topics covered in the first 3 years of the programme, year 4 will allow you to develop mastery and advanced skills across complex and core topics in electronics and computer processing. A group development project will give you the opportunity to bring together many of the topics covered on the programme, as well as allow investigation of a particular interest or area of development. Outside of these core aspects, there will be opportunities to explore in greater detail topics ranging from artificial intelligence, applications of robotics, sensors and actuators, advanced electromechanical systems design, as well as considering ethical and professional issues of systems design. There is also an opportunity to undertake a short industrial placement, which can often prove very useful in securing future employment.

Modules:

  • Team Development Project

  • The Internet of Things

  • Professional & Ethical Issues in Engineering

  • Advanced AI in Robotics

Optional:

  • Sensors and Actuators

  • Programming for Data Analysis

  • Applications for Social and Service Robots

  • Frontiers in Technology

  • Internship

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, such as technical labs and individual and group projects. This is further enhanced by real world case studies and guest talks from industry experts, and supported by Teams and Moodle, our virtual learning environments.

Due to the nature of the programme, online and campus-based practical workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time - in additional to the timetabled delivery - so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment.

Students are supported academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director. Each student is also appointed a Personal Tutor from within the School, who provides a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. Students are also supported by Student Coaches; the Student Coach role is for current 2nd, 3rd year and Master’s students who provide peer support in Modules.

Assessment

The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. Modules are assessed through a combination of methods, such as formal examinations, practical programming assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and case studies.

Employability & Careers

Technology underpins modern society. The development and application of innovative technologies is growing exponentially, creating opportunities for disruption. As change agents, engineers sit at the heart of the digital revolution, and careers in engineering can be rewarding and diverse.

In September 2019, Glassdoor were reporting base annual average salaries of around £32,000 for Robotics Engineers.

The engineering profession in the UK is overseen by professional institutions on behalf of the Engineering Council of the UK. Standards dictate the education, training and experience competences required to be registers as an Incorporated Engineer or a Chartered Engineer. These standards in turn are matched to international qualifications of the same calibre and so are widely recognised globally within the profession. To ensure our students meet the required competences for education, Cardiff Met’s engineering programmes will be seeking accreditation via the most appropriate engineering institution – the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). New programmes are required to present evidence of a full cohort (students successfully progressing to graduation over the 4 years of the course) for scrutiny before full Accreditation is awarded. Once awarded then all students who have attended that course can claim to have attended a recognised programme and so be eligible for full (MEng) or partial (BEng) recognition of the required education standard for professional registration.

Students will be encouraged to undertake an optional year out in industry to complement their studies with real world experience of engineering work in a commercial environment. This will better equip them for entering the workplace on graduation.

Students who do well on the programme are also offered opportunities to study at higher level for postgraduate qualifications in technology and engineering subjects through further taught programmes or through research.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Foundation route:
Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 64 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 2 A levels to include grades DD in Mathematics, Physics or a Technology subject; or grades CC from non-relevant subjects (or equivalent). 

Degree:
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels to include grade B in Mathematics or Physics ; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM to include 6 Distinctions within Mathematics or Physics modules

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades including Mathematics or Physics. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grade C in Mathematics or Physics

  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related area    

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy. 

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here. 

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff. 

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview. 

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL. 

Mature students
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Esyin Chew.
Email: echew@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)29 2041 6249

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: 
BEng only: G901
With MEng: G900
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Technologies

Course Length:
3 years (BEng) plus 1 year (MEng - subject to performance) full-time

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