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Human Robot Interaction (2 years) MSc

Human Robot Interaction (2 years) MSc

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computer Cybernetics

Course type


Course Summary

Heriot-Watt University is recognised as an international leader in Robotics with a world leading expertise in the area of human-robot interaction. This research area exists within the broad domain of Artificial Intelligence and has been identified as a one of the fastest growing areas for the UK. This new two year programme offers a rare opportunity for students looking to transition to a new career in Robotics, yet coming from a background outside Computing. Whether your experience lies in Science, Mathematics, Technology or Arts this pathway programme is a timely opportunity to become well-versed in the advanced, innovative field of Human Robot Interaction. The programme educates graduates in the discipline of engineering robots that assist human beings in a manner that humans can control and shape. It is designed to meet the increasing demand in industry for experts to design, program, build and maintain robots that interact meaningfully and usefully with us in typical human social settings. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.


This module consolidates proficiency in imperative programming and software development ; To further develop object oriented programming and object oriented design methods ? To provide knowledge of simple data structures and algorithms; To introduce concurrent programming techniques; To instil understanding of the concepts and benefits of advanced software engineering methods ; To give further practical experience of the use of UML in software engineering; To give practical experience of developing a substantial software engineering team project; To enable the deployment of patterns in software engineering.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have a good honours degree at UK 2:2 level (minimum), with evidence of numeracy and familiarity with a programming language. This programme is designed for students with a non-Computer Science background who would benefit from a foundational year to help them to make a successful transition into HRI and therefore, students will only be recruited into Year 1 of this programme. There is no direct entry into Year 2 of this programme.