Master Robotics

Become an expert in the technological, industrial and societal challenges of creating robots and robotic systems that fit seamlessly into our society, making it a better place. 

The days when robots and robotic systems belonged to science fiction are long gone. Today, they play an important role in high-tech industry and are moving into mainstream society. How can they operate reliably in complex situations, such as a factory, a hospital, or the traffic? How do they move autonomously? How can they interact effectively with humans, or with their surroundings? How do you build the Artificial Intelligence (AI) they need? These are typical questions you will tackle in the new Master’s in Robotics. 

Developing the AI and technology that enable robots to interact intelligently with their surroundings is challenging. No wonder there is such a huge need for multidisciplinary robotics experts who have systematically mastered the entire process of robotic development, from ideation, modelling and prototyping right through to commercial application, human-robot interaction, and societal acceptance. If you’re fascinated by robotics and looking for a challenge-based, academic programme that can equip you for a role like this, our new, multidisciplinary Master’s in Robotics may be the right choice for you. 

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During this two-year, English-taught Master’s you learn to develop robotic solutions that benefit many different industries and societal domains. Working in small teams on real-world challenges, you will cover all disciplines involved, from mechatronics to computer science and AI, while also tackling ethical, legal, societal, and economic aspects. Your grasp of both the technology and the wider context is exactly what high-tech industries and research institutes today are looking for.  

Robots are impacting society in a lot of ways

You will find robots and robotic systems in lots of places nowadays – even if you don’t see them walking around our streets and buildings very much. In domains such as manufacturing, inspection and maintenance, construction, navigation, agri-food production, and healthcare, they are taking over more and more tasks from people. Usually, these are tasks that are dangerous, high-precision, complex or boring for humans. In the workplace, they are joining forces with humans as ‘cobots’, lifting and moving heavy or hazardous objects, for instance. Today’s robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) – terms that are often used conjunctly – are not just improving accuracy and efficiency, but also making a lot of people’s jobs and daily lives safer, lighter, and more enjoyable. 

Why study Robotics at UT? 

You can study robotics and related subjects at a lot of universities. So, what makes the Master’s in Robotics at University of Twente stand out? First and foremost, we have 15 different research groups leading in robotics related research. Our university is equipped and ready to play a leading role in expanding the field of robotics from factories to consumer and service sectors. We see a huge need for linking businesses, governments and users in the further development and growth of robotics technology. And we want to give you the academic, hands-on training you need to be that link.  

In our view, robotics has the potential to spread through society, positively impacting many areas of our existence. For this to work, robotic solutions must co-exist and collaborate seamlessly with people. That is why human-centred robotics is our main focus at UT. We want you to be able to connect technology and AI with societal needs and requirements in the best possible way. 

Start your Master's in Robotics 

You start your studies in September or February. If you are required to attend a pre-master's first, you can only start the pre-master's in September and, upon completion, continue your master’s in February. 

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Choose a specialisation 

As a student, you have a lot of freedom to tailor your master’s to your own interests and ambitions. We offer you three specialisations and three profiles, so you can develop your own expertise and your own angle on the exciting field of robotics. At the start of the programme, we will help you choose.  

 You can choose one of these three specialisations:   

Career perspectives 

As a graduate with a Master of Science degree in Robotics, you are in high demand on the job market. In high-tech industries, shortages of well-trained technical staff are a strong driver behind this trend. For example, the global shortage of welders in industries ranging from construction and automotive to aerospace and military applications is pushing companies to embrace industrial and collaborative robots. Service robots, both in professional and personal settings, are also on the rise, with many firms seeking experts like you to help them tap into this growing market. From automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in logistics, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for maintenance & inspection, to field robotics in agriculture, building robots in construction, diagnostic as well as curative robots in medicine, exoskeletons used in rehabilitation centres and even humanoid robots in customer service settings – the range of AI-based robotic systems you might engage with in your career is expanding all the time. 

High-tech industry, academic research, or a start-up 

Upon graduation, you can choose for a career at a variety of high-tech or robotics companies. You can also pursue a career in the academic field, helping to advance research in highly specialised areas of robotics. Or will you decide to launch your own start-up? With this Master's, you will have a lot of options. Some of the commercial job opportunities are broad, involving supervising or bringing together entire processes. Others focus more on a specialised aspect of robotics. You can get a job as a system engineer, project leader, software engineer or designer, mechanical or mechatronics engineer, control engineer, or a robotics engineer. Jobs like these are available at a wide range of employers, such as ASML, Demcon, Siemens, Philips, VDL, or Thales.  

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