University of Bristol

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

FARSCOPE aims to train the next generation of innovators in the growing field of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). The vision of the programme is ubiquity or robots everywhere enabling students to think beyond a robot's technology and about its environment. Our four-year programme leads to the award of a joint PhD degree from both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. A PhD is a uniquely challenging and rewarding endeavour, especially in a cutting-edge field like RAS. We have enhanced the standard individual PhD in various ways to give you the best possible start on your RAS research and innovation career: specialist taught modules in a wide variety of RAS technologies to equip you for research; exposure to a diverse range of industry and academic RAS topics to give you a broad view of the potential and context of RAS; cohort-based skills training including enterprise, public engagement, communication and research methods; group projects and industry study workshops to foster creativity, practical skills and integration. You'll have your choice of specialist topics from more than 50 academic supervisors. The centre is based at the Bristol Robotics Lab, the largest specialist robotics laboratory in the UK, plus you'll have access to all the combined facilities of both partner universities. The FARSCOPE CDT programme has no funding for students outside of the EU, but any applications received from self-funded international students will be considered.

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: An upper second-class honours degree in an engineering, physics, mathematics or related subject. Other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who have completed our MSc in Robotics may be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for direct entry into the second year of the FARSCOPE programme. This will be subject to interview, including a qualifying presentation on research. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 21,700 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 8 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 8 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 8 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 8 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 8 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 8 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site BS8 1TH South West

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