University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Future Autonomous and Robotic Systems

Specialist taught modules in a wide variety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) technologies to equip students for research; exposure to a diverse range of industry and academic RAS topics to give students a broad view of the potential and context; 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. Students will have their choice of specialist topics from over 50 academic supervisors.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd 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 year 2 of the FARSCOPE programme. This will be subject to interview including a qualifying presentation on research.

Course modules

Year 1: research methods training; seminars in modern robotics methods; robotics, mechanics and programming; robotics context and applications (industry delivered); robot intelligence and systems; specialist robotics topics (chosen from list of options); group robot project (eg IMAV contest, robot soccer or Mars rover field test); initial research project; communications training and research presentation.
Year 2: PhD research; industry study workshop; innovation and entrepreneurship; complementary skills training.
Year 3: PhD research; industry study workshop; partner placement (optional: opportunities at partner universities in Europe, Asia, North America or partner companies in the UK and Japan); public engagement training and group activity.
Year 4: PhD research; complementary skills training (including thesis preparation); FARSCOPE conference presentation; dissertation.

Sponsorship information

UK nationals are eligible for an EPSRC studentship which covers tuition fees and living costs. This also applies to EU nationals who have lived in the UK for at least 3 years.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
FARSCOPE Centre for Doctoral Training Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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