Robotics Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

Robotics Engineering (Foundation Entry) BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    HH36; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • 1 Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT


  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Applications
  • Electronics and Electronic Practice
  • Digital Electronics and Programmable Systems

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Robotic Systems
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Electronic Systems Applications
  • Digital Systems
  • Software Development 2

Optional Modules

  • Electronic Systems
  • Data Communications

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Microcontroller Systems
  • Project
  • Engineering Professionalism

Optional Modules

  • Machine Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Embedded Real time Systems
  • System on Programmable Chip
  • Computer Aided Instrumentation

Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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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.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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 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