Robotics Engineering BEng (Hons)

Robotics Engineering BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three year/ Four years sandwich. Part-time: Depends on level of entry and number of modules studied per year.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    HH36; Short form: BEng/RM

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Specialist robotics engineers are in demand - this course will help you develop skills in both electronic and mechanical engineering and prepare you for a truly fascinating, rewarding career. Drawing on knowledge from all the necessary strands of engineering, you’ll develop robotic and mechatronic systems for a range of applications, including modern manufacturing, aerospace and the nuclear industry. While you’ll graduate with a wide skills base, emphasis is placed on complex systems for tele-operated, semi-autonomous and autonomous robots, and incorporates aspects of sensing, control theory, computational intelligence and computing. As well as hands-on technical skills, you’ll develop the critical decision-making, creative thinking and problem solving skills you’ll need to succeed.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2 including Maths at C, Physics at C or STEM at C, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit (including Maths units)
Pass Access To HE: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: Grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2 including Maths at C & Physics at C or STEM at C; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma (including Maths units): Distinction, Merit, Merit
Pass Access To HE with 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C inc Maths & Eng or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

UCLan Open Day, 12 November 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Electronic Engineering Practice
  • Digital Electronics
  • Software Development 1
  • Introduction to Mechanics

Optional modules : choose one

  • Engineering Analysis A
  • Engineering Analysis B

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Robotic Systems
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Electronic System Applications
  • Digital Systems
  • Software Development 2

Optional modules

  • Data Communications
  • Electronic Systems
  • Student Initiated Module

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Microcontroller Systems
  • Project
  • Engineering Professionalism

Optional modules

  • Computer Vision
  • Communication Engineering
  • Digital Signal & Image Processing A
  • Electronic Systems
  • Embedded Real-Time Systems
  • System on Programmable Chip
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Computer Aided Instrumentation

Further Information

Specifically, the BEng (Hons) Robotics Engineering course aims to provide you with a broad and deep understanding of technology and current practice in electronic engineering and its applications in robotics and mechatronics, including digital systems and control systems.

Throughout the course you will study various aspects of the subject, including analogue and digital electronic systems, mechanics, robotics and mechatronics, microprocessor-based and microcontroller-based systems, control systems, computer programming etc. The course includes a number of option modules enabling you to select specialist topics according to your interests and aspirations, and tailor your programme of study to your own requirements. Each student undertakes an individual final year project, involving a detailed investigation of a particular area relevant to robotics and engineering.

Senior academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Chartered Engineers (CEng) with real-world industrial experience. UCLan practices research informed teaching, and the course team includes reviewers and editors with IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis and other publishers. They contribute to industrial and professional advisory panels and help write international engineering standards. Subject matter expertise includes the following general domains: Advanced Manufacturing; Circuit Design; Data Communications; Embedded Real-time Systems; Intelligent Systems; Signal Processing; Measurement and Control; and Robotics.

Our placement tutors have close links with industry and can work with you to ensure that you get the skills and current knowledge that employers are looking for. One of our recent graduates worked for a year at Siemens in Germany. UCLan has links with companies worldwide, and can therefore arrange for work experience in the UK or abroad.

Career options in Robotic Engineering are varied - you could go on to work in high value manufacturing, industrial and commercial sectors, aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development. A course module to help you plan your career as an engineering professional is part of your degree programme.

Opportunities for further study include a taught postgraduate MSc course in Renewable Energy Engineering. The School has significant research activity in this area and graduates can opt for an MSc, MPhil or PhD with the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing (ADSIP) Research Centre, Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) Research Centre or Centre for Power and Energy Management.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

Industry Links

Our partners and industrial collaborators include: BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, NHS, and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance.

You can benefit from industrial sponsorship. Typically you will work full time in a junior engineering position at a local company while studying part time.

Professional Accreditation

The BEng course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng course has been submitted for accreditation.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including traditional lectures, laboratory-based sessions using specialist facilities, computer sessions and simulations, tutorials, design exercises, directed study, etc. The practical facilities are located in a purpose-built building with impressive computer facilities and specialist laboratories.

You’ll have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on multi-disciplinary innovation projects.

Assessment is done using formal examinations and coursework. The assessment strategy breakdown varies between modules, and a typical breakdown over the full course would be in the region of 50-60% examination, 40-50% coursework.


There are opportunities for paid, real-world industrial experience working on ERDF funded commercial projects connected to local industry in the North West, and Summer Undergraduate Internships, working on actual research projects - we recently placed a student with NASA.

An optional industrial placement year (Year 3) is available, aimed at providing you with relevant and broadening industrial experience to consolidate your learning at Level 1 and Level 2, inform your academic studies at Level 3 and enhance your subsequent early career development. Successful completion of the industrial placement module is recognised by the endorsement “with industrial placement” in the award title.

Employability is central to our degree provision and you will be taught the basic aspects of electronic engineering to ensure you have the skills required to succeed in industry. Course delivery allows for you to select specialist topics depending on module choices, including computer vision, signal & image processing, real-time systems, neural networks, machine intelligence and communications. This ensures your studies are shaped to suit your career aspirations.


The best thing about UCLan has to be the professional and personal experiences and opportunities that are available. I have been to Xiamen in China after winning a smart phone app design competition. I also spent my summer on a paid research internship where I investigated image processing techniques. I also had the opportunity with a group of course-mates to create an extra-curricular society to fund special projects in our area of interest.

Callum Dunster


You’ll enjoy access to world-class resources through the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) facility. An opportunity to experience state-of-the-art manufacturing hardware and software systems developed during research at UCLan, including CISCO industrial networks, industrial automation, MES, RFID and Fanuc & Kuka industrial robots.