Human Robot Interaction (2 years)

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


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.

Entry Requirements

Admission requires 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.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

24 months


School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences


Computer Science

SCQF Level