Program Overview

Emerging technologies such as self-driving cars or reusable spacecraft or Drones are increasingly relying on the design and deployment of autonomous systems. This programme will prepare you to face the challenges of a global market with emphasis on autonomous vehicles and mobile robots operating in ground, air, and space.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 19,770




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Benefits of this course

You will gain in-depth knowledge of recent advances in the theory and practice of Robotics, Machine Learning, Image Processing, Human-Machine Teaming, Communication, and Control.


You will also develop valuable software and hardware skills via extensive lab work in programming and embedded systems design, through industrial design projects.


In addition to the technical part of the programme, you will be introduced to the legal and regulations framework of Autonomous Systems, and the ethical issues arising from their deployment.


You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course

  • Master of Science (MSc)

Who is this course for?

The programme is suited for new graduates and Engineering professionals who want to advance their understanding of the field and are interested in pursuing a career in one of the emerging application areas related to Systems Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence.



Master of Science (MSc)


  • Full-time: 12 months

  • Part-time: 24 months (up to 28 months)


  • Core modules: 9



Full-time: attend all the taught modules during terms one and two, and complete your dissertation project within the 12-month period of the degree.


Part-time: attend half the modules in a first 12-month period, followed by the other half the next year and complete your dissertation project in the second year.


The programme is designed for those who have a second class degree, as minimum, in engineering and computer science. Applicants with a background in mathematics or life sciences with good mathematical skills (in linear algebra and calculus in particular) will also be considered.


Competence in an object-oriented programming language (preferable Python) is desirable.

English language requirements

If you are an applicant whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are required:


  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components)

  • TOEFL 92 (minimum of 20 in Listening, Reading and Speaking, and 22 in Writing)


For information about the various English Language tests City accepts please see the English language requirements. Please note though that the scores listed there are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

Fees for academic year 2022/23

Master of Science (MSc)

Full-time per year

UK: £9,630

Overseas/EU: £19,770


Part-time per year

UK: £4,810

Overseas/EU: £9,880


From search-and-rescue robots to satellites which can refuel others, Autonomous Systems and related technologies are expected to expand significantly in the near future and form an important part of the UK and the global economy.


Strong employment opportunities in several branches of Industry are expected, including:


  • Automotive

  • Transportation

  • Robotics

  • Aerospace and Space

  • Defence

  • Energy

  • Manufacturing.

Skills acquired in this MSc, including software and hardware robotic/vehicle platforms, Image Processing and Computer Vision, AI/Machine Learning and Sensor Technologies and the experience in a research/industrially defined project, will be attractive for a wide range of well-established companies and SMEs linked to the Autonomous Systems market and beyond.


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