Robotics Engineering MEng (Hons)

4 years, starting in September 2018

Be part of the robotics revolution. Study a progressive area of engineering to pursue a career in robotics and automation.

This course is new for 2018 and subject to final approval. In the mean time, please email if you have any questions about the course.

Our course is for aspiring engineers who want to contribute to the future of an expanding industry. You’ll advance your knowledge in areas of robotics, artificial intelligence and electronics systems at the forefront of engineering and design.

In your first two years, you will learn the underlying principles of electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering. You’ll combine this with aspects of computer science to give you a comprehensive overview of robotics engineering.

Project work is central to your learning experience and gives you the opportunity to build your technical design skills. Group projects challenge you to work in teams to solve practical engineering problems. As well as gaining hands-on experience, you’ll also develop valuable managerial and business skills. You can join one of our student teams who compete annually. These include Team Bath Racing Electric, Bath Drones and the autonomous underwater systems team.

You’ll complete your degree with an individual project. This is your chance to focus on where you want to build your expertise. You could explore areas of robotics and autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and systems engineering.

You’ll graduate with an in-depth understanding of the operation, components and techniques of robotics engineering. Your studies will prepare you for a career in robotics and automation in areas such as robotic systems design, autonomous systems and medical robotics.

Choosing the MEng route gives you a more in-depth study experience through advanced taught units and semester-long individual and group project work. It also gives you the educational requirements you need to become a Chartered Engineer.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4


Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 34% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 66% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. Your application is more likely to be successful if you demonstrate a strong interest in robotics through relevant reading, extracurricular or co-curricular activities, or work experience.

You will need a strong performance in both Mathematics and Physics or Engineering as part of your entry qualifications.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


AAA in three A levels including Mathematics and Physics

We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level


AAB in three A levels including A in Mathematics and Physics plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics and Physics.

Typical offer BTEC and Cambridge Technicals


**D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) or Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider these qualifications in Engineering, Applied Science, Construction and the Built Environment, and Building Services in combination with A level Mathematics.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about other combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3

D3, D3, D3 in three principle subjects including Mathematics and Physics.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1

D3, D3, M1 in three principle subjects including grade D3 in Mathematics and Physics, plus one of:

  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers

AA in two Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics plus AAAAB in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diplomas

36 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Engineering), with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include 12 credits from Mathematics units (including Calculus) achieved at Distinction and 12 credits from Physics units achieved at Distinction.

Typical offer Open University credits

Pass units worth 120 credits, including S207: The Physical World or S217: Physics: From Classical to Quantum and a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

You are typically expected to study units worth at least 120 credits including at least 30 credits at Level 2 in Mathematics. You should ideally be taking units including one of S207: The Physical World or S217: Physics: From Classical to Quantum alongside MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods. This information is a guide and we consider students applying with Open University Credits on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Typical offer Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AA in A level Mathematics and Physics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • AA in two A level subjects plus grade D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics and Physics
  • AA in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate including Mathematics and Physics. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AA in A level Mathematics and Physics, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*5 in Physics plus a second elective subject plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

15 overall with 15 in Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

14 overall with 15 in Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

82% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods) and Physics (4 periods).

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics and Physics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC and at least one Physics AP.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 720 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Mathematics and Physics.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Robotics Engineering
  • Final award
    MEng (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

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