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Robotics

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

7M23

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Our Robotics course will develop you as a skilled computer scientist, with a strong knowledge of robotic engineering. We have developed our course in response to the needs and requirements of the emerging robotics market.

You'll learn the elements needed to build a robot, from simple electronic circuitry, software engineering and control, to high-level robot intelligence. You will learn how to develop robotic systems and bring the learning to life in our new cognitive robotics laboratory.

Your study areas include:

  • robotics
  • programming
  • information systems
  • computer systems
  • mathematics
  • systems engineering
  • machine learning
  • machine vision. 

You will also study and develop our state-of-the-art robotic systems including the Baxter research robot, the Nao humanoid robots, Darwin Mini Bots and Cozmo robots.

Our friendly, inclusive community has a strong link between teaching and research. Our departmental research groups have high national and international reputations. As well as close contacts with major companies.

Robotics

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

We would prefer it if all the above qualifications include science subjects.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offer quoted for each subject.

We are happy to consider all types of entry qualification, so if you don't have one of those mentioned above, do get in touch with us and we can discuss the possibilities. Applications from mature students with few academic qualifications, but who have a substantial history of relevant employment, are also welcome.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English language at grade C minimum

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

We are keen to consider applications from all parts of the world. If your previous education was not in the UK, please contact us if you would like us to consider your entry qualification.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


Year 1 introduces the fundamental skills you will use for your whole degree. You will study:

  • programming
  • information systems
  • computer systems
  • mathematics.

Our compulsory Introductory Robotics module teaches you the foundations of robotic systems. You'll use real and virtual robots in a hands-on, project based approach.
 
In Year 2 you develop your knowledge of robotics. In the compulsory Robotic Systems Engineering module you will investigate the middleware of these systems – an important skill requirement.
 
In our compulsory Advanced Robotics module, you will investigate further robotic systems. And you will design, develop and construct your own robot.  
 
In Year 3 you will undertake a robotics project of your choice in your dissertation. You will receive one-to-one supervision from a member of staff.

You will also study advanced modules in:

  • security
  • machine learning
  • machine vision
  • cognitive robotics. 

You will supplement these with optional advanced modules.

Robotics

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introductory Robotics (double module)

Professional Computer System Design (double module)

Understanding Programming (double module)

Introduction to Object Oriented Programming

Discrete Mathematics

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Advanced Robotics (double module)

Robotics Systems Engineering

Professional Issues and Computer Risks

Foundations of Computation

Current Research

Further Object Oriented Programming

Data Structures

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year

We encourage you to take a supervised work placement in the computer industry for 12 months between year 2 and your final year. More and more students are finding that a placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. Possible placement organisations include Accenture, BBC, BMW, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Red Bull Technology (part of the F1 team), Sophos and many more. We have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement company or organisation. It is possible to change your programme of study to include or exclude the work placement option up to the end of your second year.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Robotics Project (double module)

Cognitive Robotics

Machine Learning

Machine Vision

Foundations of Security

Optional modules

Real-time Embedded Robotic Systems

Software Development with C and C++

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching methods vary according to topic. Our core modules include:

lectures
practical activities
problem-solving classes
tutorial support.

We use a wide range of teaching methods in our hands-on modules, including problem based learning. You will be able to focus intensively on a specific problem or aspect of robotics.

We combine these mini-projects with larger study projects. This allows you to develop a portfolio of continuous report and feedback. 
 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 25%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 75%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 23%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 77%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 23%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 77%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We use a variety of assessment methods to support your learning, from the practical, early modules to the later, more conceptual content.

We assess your core-material modules through a mixture of coursework and exams.

In Year 1 we offer you continuous assessment on all your modules.
 
In Years 2 and 3 we assess you through written exams and some coursework-based modules.

We assess our robotics-specific modules, such as Introductory and Advanced Robotics, by project-based reporting. This allows you to experience research and employment conditions in this field. 

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 15%
  • Coursework - 85%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 0%
  • Practical exams - 100%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 14%
  • Coursework - 86%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Career prospects in computing are excellent and expanding rapidly. Our computing graduates enjoy great success in finding employment in business, industry, research and education. 

Careers in robotic systems are growing rapidly with projected employment requirements growing ever more. Career opportunities include all aspects of robotic development, with particularly employment in robotic middleware development growing exceedingly fast. 

The field is under continuous evolution with many research prospects and innovation possibilities. New and existing companies are continuously developing new robotic applications for virtually every aspect of a modern society.

Further study

World-class research and superb links with industry come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study technology at postgraduate level, whatever your subject interest.

Around 150 students are studying technology master's courses this year. Our courses, taught by leading academics with active research programmes, are designed to meet the needs of modern industry. Our graduates tell us that the relevance of our courses and the skills they've learnt enable them to achieve their goals and build their careers. And our location in Oxford places us at the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses.

Free language courses


Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Unistats


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.