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Intelligent Automation & Robotics MEng (Hons)

UCAS code: H672

Intelligent automation and robotics is an innovative and fast-moving industry. Our integrated Masters degree places you at the technological cutting edge. You’ll harness your technical skills to make a real impact in society. And we’ll help you rise to the challenge.

Closed to applications.

Overview

Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2026
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-ABB (A Level) or DMM-DDM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Computing and ITEngineering and Physics
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Engineering
Students apply their knowledge of programming to the Sawyer robot.

Uncover problems. Discover solutions. Revel in the beauty of technology.

Our MEng Intelligent Automation and Robotics degree prepares you for a career at the forefront of technological innovation. You’ll push boundaries and shape the future. By using the power of technology and creative thinking, you’ll enjoy a rewarding career.

Through a mix of lectures, group discussions, and practical exercises, you’ll explore essential topics. These will include robotics, digital electronics, automation, image processing, and power systems.

We’ve worked with employers to check our course is industry-informed. Our staff will support you to build key transferable skills including problem solving and creative thinking.

As a graduate of the MEng degree, you’ll be well prepared for specialist jobs and leadership responsibility. Your range of skills will set you apart in the workplace, whether you end up in manufacturing, vehicular technology, or something else in the automation industry. Your professional expertise will also allow you to explore roles in different parts of the world.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

Your first year modules will ground you in key engineering principles. You’ll learn how to design, analyse, and construct systems. You’ll also grapple with topics such as digital circuitry and logic, computation and programming, and engineering mathematics. Grasping these will help you progress well on the course.

Compulsory modules:

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Computer Aided Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Fundamentals
Electronic Circuits and Logic
Foundations in Engineering Mathematics
Professional Practice in Engineering 1
Programming 1

In your second year, we’ll take you deeper into engineering mathematics. You’ll also delve into robotics, industrial automation, control systems and signal processing. You’ll apply artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to various situations. With your peers, you’ll work to live briefs in groups and produce real products. At the end of the year, you’ll have the option of taking an exciting 12-month industrial placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Applied Industrial Automation
Applied Mathematics for Engineering
Control Systems
Foundations of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
Professional Practice in Engineering 2
Signal Processing

As your knowledge and experience expands, you’ll model and analyse human and robot behaviour using algorithms. This fascinating area of study will be complemented by agent-based modelling, automated decision-making, and engineering management and enterprise. You’ll complete an interdisciplinary project which will add to your experience of working in a team to solve an exciting engineering challenge.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Autonomous Secure Systems and Smart Devices
Engineering Management and Enterprise
Engineering Research and Development Methods
Multidisciplinary Group Design Project

Your final year focus will primarily be around independent study and learning. You’ll sharpen your project management skills by completing a personal research and development project. This will give you real experience that will set you apart in interviews with future employers. You’ll also develop your understanding of intelligent autonomous systems such as self-driving cars and smart manufacturing.

Compulsory modules:

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Emerging Technologies
Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Project Management
Research and Development Project

How you'll study

Teaching methods are designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in engineering and computing laboratories, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on practical activity.

Classes are highly interactive, with the practical application of concepts and cases drawn from real-life being key factors. Workshops, seminars, group tutorials and practical activities provide opportunities for you to work interdependently.

To enhance your employability, you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays, presentations and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in engineering and computing and active researchers in areas including artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent systems, mobile computing and distributed systems. Academic staff are regular contributors to conferences and journals, engaging with the wider business and academic environment in disseminating knowledge and delivering impact.

Guest lectures, delivered by industry experts, as well as academics from other disciplines, will broaden your outlook and ensure you benefit from a wide range of knowledge and experience.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-128 UCAS Tariff points. This must include A Level Mathematics at Grade C or above or equivalent. GCSE English Language at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent, is also required.

For students studying BTEC a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering is preferred. Typical offers will be DMM, with grade Merit or above in one of the following units:

  • to solve engineering problems
  • engineering mathematics

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-ABB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit, 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit, or 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Please note this course is not currently open to applications.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

tech hub

The Department of Engineering is based in the state-of-the-art £13m Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Engineering and Physics, as well as Computing and IT students. Our modern engineering teaching laboratories are equipped with a range of industry-standard,  test and measurement equipment, and leading analytical software.

There are dedicated specialist laboratories for materials engineering, electrical motors, and electronic engineering, in addition to an abundance of computer facilities and a large, horseshoe-shaped Harvard style lecture theatre.

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include oscilloscopes, signal generators, digital multimeters, Arduino and Raspberry Pi microprocessors,  a tensile tester machine, electronics training kits,  single and 3-phase transformers, a 3-D printer, and robotic arm kits, plus MATLAB and SolidWorks software platforms.

Teaching and learning are supported by the web-based platform Blackboard Ultra Virtual learning Environment.  The library is well-stocked with recommended print books and e-books and subscribes to high-impact technical e-Journals. The university subscribes to LinkedIn Learning, which provides free and unlimited access to thousands of high-quality online courses and video tutorials written by industry experts.

Assistive and accessible technologies include Read&Write text to speech software, Caption Ed to facilitate ease of note taking, and a mind mapping tool. The university provides specific workshops on academic skills for students who have specific learning difficulty or disability.

 

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

International

£16,500

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

As a graduate of this degree, the world’s your oyster. Your technical skills and expertise will be in demand from companies around the world. From defence technologies to manufacturing, you’ll work across sectors to apply your knowledge to real-world problems.

The latest data provided by HESA (The Higher Education Statistics Agency) in 2019/20 revealed high skilled graduates of engineering and technology could expect a starting salary of £28,000. Potential roles include:

  • Digital Design Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Robotics Design Engineer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Vehicular Design Engineer

Alternatively, you could apply your skills in other industries such as computer science, accountancy, and teaching. Whatever you decide, we’ll support you to find what’s right for you.

As an engineer, continuous professional development throughout your career is encouraged. Your employer might support you to access professional bodies such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). As a graduate engineer, you’ll keep abreast of industry developments through engaging with things like short courses, conferences, and workshops.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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