48 months
24600 GBP/year
4565 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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FARSCOPE is a fully funded course that aims to train the next generation of innovators in the growing field of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). The vision of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems programme from University of Bristol and University of The West of England, is ubiquity or robots everywhere enabling students to think beyond a robot's technology and about its environment.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Our four-year Robotics and Autonomous Systems programme from University of Bristol  leads to the award of a joint PhD degree from both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. A PhD is a uniquely challenging and rewarding endeavour, especially in a cutting-edge field like RAS.

We have enhanced the standard individual PhD in various ways to give you the best possible start on your RAS research and innovation career:

  • specialist taught modules in a wide variety of RAS technologies to equip you for research;
  • exposure to a diverse range of industry and academic RAS topics to give you a broad view of the potential and context of RAS;
  • cohort-based skills training including enterprise, public engagement, communication and research methods;
  • group projects and industry study workshops to foster creativity, practical skills and integration.


Students graduating from this programme will be suited to careers in industry, as ambassadors for robotics across many different sectors, or starting their own enterprises.

Programme Structure

Research groups:

  • Aerial Robots
  • Assisted Living
  • Bioenergy and Self Sustainable Systems
  • Biomimetic and Neuro-robotics
  • Connected Autonomous Vehicles
  • Robots for Hazardous Environments

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Two application rounds are held per year, with deadlines typically around January and March. All applications received will be assessed by the CDT management team, with  shortlisted applicants invited to attend an interview.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second-class honours degree in an engineering, physics, mathematics or related subject. Other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24600 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4565 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4565 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The FARSCOPE CDT programme is a fully funded course to support up to 10 students per year, this includes 2 international students. This includes fees, student stipend (at a current rate of £15,609 tax free, per year), paid research and travel expenses. To find out more, please apply within. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems
University of Bristol


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