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Robotics MPhil/PhD

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  • Research income: Since 2008 the Department and the Centre have attracted several millions of pounds in grant income.

  • Current number of academic staff: 52 staff of whom seven work in robotics.

  • Current number of research staff and students: Approximately 100 PhD students and RAs, of whom around 30 work in robotics.

  • Recent publications: All academics in the Department publish regularly, with numerous publications each year, including in IEEE Transactions and ASME Transactions.

  • Current research projects:

    • Developing clinician-scientific interfaces in robotic assisted surgery: translating technical innovation into improved clinical care.

    • Radiofrequency Methods For The Non-Invasive, Non-Destructive Detection And Quantitative Analysis Of Counterfeit, Fake And Substandard Medicines.

    • Cost-driven Adaptive Factory based on Modular Self-Contained Factory Units.

    • Nuclear Quadrupole (NQR) & Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Detection Of Explosives.

    • Creating Physical Structure from Disarray.

  • Partner organisations: We have strong links with industry, government organisations and other universities and are currently working with (amongst others): Unilever, AstraZeneca, UK Home Office, Funuc Robotics, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and QinetiQ.

Key information

Duration PhD: three years full-time, four to six years part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Informatics



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The Centre for Robotics Research in the Department of Informatics has an international reputation in the field of robotics, mechanisms, kinematics, and their applications to medical science and production. Since 2010 Robotics has been part of the new Department of Informatics, taking advantage of natural opportunities and synergies, continuing its record of prolific publication in prestigious journals, and securing several millions of pounds in research funding.

Staff are reputed nationally and internationally in kinematics, robotics and mechatronics, and collaborate closely with the KCL Health Schools (including St Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospitals) and numerous industrial partners. The Centre is renowned for its multidisciplinary research at the interfaces between Robotics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. The Centre is actively involved in research into such areas as computational intelligence, intelligent algorithms and control, sensing and embedded intelligence, computer vision, computational kinematics and reconfigurable mechanisms.

Course study environment

Our graduate students are an integral part of the academic life of the Department. We are a medium-sized but growing department with many internationally recognised researchers and visiting academics, large groups of PhD students, research assistants, national and international projects, collaborations with other departments and the School as well as links with industry. We offer an exciting environment and excellent opportunities for research. Our research students have access to good library facilities, a personal work area including a desk and high-specification computer, new PhD laboratories, weekly departmental seminars and regular group seminars, and college-based training in transferable and research skills.

Postgraduate training

We provide: MSc specialist courses that you can attend; School and College induction courses; substantial training per year in transferable and research skills. There is also a centrally provided programme of computing and related skills training. Our research students are also encouraged to submit papers to conferences, and we try to provide financial support for them to travel to present their papers

Head of group/division

Head of Department: Professor Peter McBurney

Contact for information

Contact the Admissions Office

  • efore you apply: via our Enquiry Form (www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions)
  • After applying: use the messaging service at apply.kcl.ac.uk or contact the Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1648

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Robotics Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • Bachelor of Science degree with 2:1 honours degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. 
  • Alternatively, a Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours degree in any subject will be considered if a subsequent Master of Science has been taken in a relevant area. 
  • Applicants with a 2:2 will only be considered if the Master's has been achieved with Merit.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

You should complete the application form and send all appropriate documentation as listed in the requirements. Ideally, you should indicate the research group and, if possible, names of potential supervisors. Your application is evaluated by the relevant research group or individual academic. Applicants may be interviewed, by telephone for those not based in the UK. We aim to notify you of the result within six weeks of receipt of an application by the School.

September, January, and April start dates available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at beginning of the academic year in September, when the College offers a full induction programme.

ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Research Proposal Yes The proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Course intake

Approximately 7-10 per year.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.

  • January 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • April 2019 entry – 15th February 2019 for International and Home/EU students
  • July 2019 entry - 17th May 2019 for International and Home/EU students
  • October 2019 entry – 26th July 2019 for International students and 30th August for Home/EU students
  • January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students
  • April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students
  • July 2020 entry - 15th May 2020 for International and Home/EU students

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £22,050 per year           

Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £23,400 per year           

Part time tuition fees: £11,700 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

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