Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Robotics and Automation

Robotics and Automation

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    20 Sep 2021

Learn to design and implement robotic products and systems that have the potential to revolutionise our everyday lives and working practices.

You will study the theoretical principles behind robotics and automation and, thanks to its strong practical focus, you will also have opportunities to put these principles into practice. Working with basic robots to begin with, you will spend time in the lab learning simple programming and systems and developing the knowledge to understand the more complex and sophisticated systems used in industry.

You will get to build your own robots in two separate engineering design projects during the first and second years of your course, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and refine your skills in the designing, building and testing of electronic and electrical systems. During the Electrical & Electronic Principles modules, you will focus on theory and spend time in the lab building circuits to establish how they work.

Industry visits and case studies will develop your understanding of how robotics and automation work in the real world, from their application in the production of food and drinks, to the development of autonomous vehicles. You will also have the option to take a sandwich year, which will provide a great opportunity to put your learning into action in the workplace.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

You could study this course over four years and complete an integrated masters

In a world where automated systems have become a part of everyday life, this course has never been more relevant, something that will be demonstrated on visits to companies where the systems are an integral part of the manufacturing process. Previous students have visited a Coca-Cola bottling plant and Yorkshire Tea to discover how robotics play a part in the modern food industry.

We also have close links with Premier Farnell, a global technology leader and an engineering solutions provider. The company's labs are based close to our Headingley Campus, and in your first and second years you will work on your engineering design projects at the company. The automation and embedded systems laboratories here at the University will also give you space and equipment to put theory into practice.

You will learn from an expert teaching team that includes Senior Lecturer Dr Mark Judge. With a PhD in artificial intelligence, Mark is an expert in electronics, robotics and automation and works in collaboration with international companies such as National Instruments, a global leader in test, measurement and control solutions. These industry connections have provided placement opportunities for his students. The team also includes Principal Lecturer Duncan Folley, who has professional experience of working on harpoon missiles and RB211 engines and whose research interests centre on automation, manufacturing and robotics in the aerospace and food industries.


Why study Robotics and Automation at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Fantastic placements and sandwich year opportunities
  2. Specialist facilities including Stäubli robotic arm and automation and embedded systems labs
  3. Opportunity to network with industry professionals
  4. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  5. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals
  6. Manufacturer visits, to view the latest automated systems in action

Student view Discover what it’s like to study the ever expanding area of Robotics and AI and the fantastic career opportunities this course can open up for you. Hear from Thomas whilst on his sandwich year placement with Siemens Gamesa, as well as second year student, Lewis.

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