Robotics & Artificial Intelligence BEng/MEng

Robotics and robot systems have been, and remain, at the forefront of technological and industrial development. The development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning techniques has enabled robots and robotic systems to evolve further and improve their operational performance and awareness. Both themes are at the core of this new programme.

The James Watt School of Engineering has created a well-equipped Robotics Teaching Laboratory where most of the robotics project and practical teaching will take place. The combination of research-led teaching and well-equipped laboratory facilities will provide you with a valuable learning experience that will strengthen your knowledge development and help in your future career.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence BEng: H760 4 year degree
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence MEng: H7RO 5 year degree

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Programme structure

You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme. Both embed creativity to develop world-changing engineers.

Year 1

The first year will follow the common curriculum of core courses delivered to all engineering programmes (such as mathematics, dynamics, materials and thermodynamics), along with specialised courses in electronics, manufacturing and engineering skills. These provide the foundation for the study in robotics and artificial intelligence in the years to follow.

Years 2 and 3

In year 2 you will further develop your skills in mathematics, dynamics and electronics. You will also study key skills in digital and analogue electronics, systems theory, embedded processor, programming, and electromagnetism and power electronics. These courses will prepare you for the interdisciplinary studies that form the Honours years curriculum. You will be introduced to engineering and team skills.

Year 3 will enhance the knowledge of dynamics and system theory through the study simulation, control, dynamics and communications, which are crucial in the study of robotics. You will study advanced programming and software engineering as the basis for the artificial intelligence theme. In addition you will study power engineering and electromagnetic compatibility which are essential for any robotic system.

Years 4 and 5

In year 4 the core courses are in robotics, machine learning and AI. You will be able to tailor your degree by choosing appropriate optional courses.

For the BEng, you will undertake an individual project in year 4 which will cover robotic & AI themes.

For the MEng, the 4th year will involve team projects instead of the final year project. In both degree paths, these project based courses will enable you to develop transferable skills that are needed for your future career in engineering.

The first half of year 5 involves the individual project placement, which could be an industrial or research project. In the second half, you will take more advanced options to develop your skills and knowledge in the areas of robotics and AI, along with options to diversify into other complimentary areas of study.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our international links

You will be able to apply to spend one year of your academic studies abroad at an accredited partner university. MEng students will also be able to work on their final-year project at overseas institutions.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2025

Summary of entry requirements for Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

SQA Higher entry requirements

  • BEng: AABB is the minimum requirement from S5 to be reviewed for an S6 offer
  • Offers are not guaranteed to applicants who meet the minimum from S5
  • Typically offers will be made at AAAAA by end of S6. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science at AA. (AB or BA may be considered).
  • MEng: AAAB is the minimum requirement from S5 to be reviewed for an S6 offer
  • Offers are not guaranteed to applicants who meet the minimum from S5
  • Typically offers will be made at AAAAAA by end of S6. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science at AA.

SQA Higher adjusted entry requirements* (by end of S5 or S6)

  • BEng: MD20: BBBB (also other target groups*)
  • BEng: MD40: AABB*
  • Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools
  • Direct entry to Year 2 via UofG HNC programmes*.

See Access Glasgow for eligibility

A-level standard entry requirements

  • BEng: AAB – BBB
  • MEng: AAA
  • Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics and Physics (Design & Technology may be accepted in place of Physics, 3D or Product Design options only).

IB standard entry requirements

  • BEng: 34 (6,5,5 HL)
  • MEng: 38 (6,6,6 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL Mathematics (Analysis & Approaches) and Physics. (SL6 can be accepted for either Mathematics or Physics).

Admissions guidance

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test
  • IELTS One Skill Retake accepted.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-sessional courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

Further information about English language: School of Modern Languages & Cultures: English for Academic Study

Career prospects

The robotics industry is wide and rapidly growing due to the large number of robotic systems and application areas. This has created a need for engineers with the required skills related to robot and robotic system design and development. In addition, graduates with knowledge of artificial intelligence and machine learning are become more sought after as more industries seek to introduce these techniques into their product lines, design and manufacturing processes.


This was a new programme for 2024 entry and accreditation will be sought after the first cohort of students has graduated.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


Robotics & Artificial Intelligence: H760 (4 years)


Robotics & Artificial Intelligence: H7RO (5 years)

BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme on completion of years 1, 2 and 3.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


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How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 16 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 31 January: all other UK applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international students.

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

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