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University Master's degree in Automation and Robotics

Objectives & career options

General objectives

The overall objective of the proposed programme is to teach courses leading to the Master’s degree in Automation and Robotics, complementary to the research required to obtain a Doctorate at the University of Alicante. The programme also aims to train professionals to the highest level in research and development in these disciplines, in order to meet a demand that will grow progressively in the next 30 or 40 years.

The programme’s specific objectives are as follows:

  • To provide a solid training in advanced areas of automation, which will add to knowledge acquired during the degree course, preparing students for scientific research or work in highly specialist companies.
  • To provide students with a primarily practical background, with frequent laboratory sessions and numerous seminars given by expert professionals. To help students gain work experience, in which students will have the opportunity to apply all the theoretical knowledge that they have acquired.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and theoretical and practical skills in designing systems and for automating processes including various aspects of analysis, design and control to increase performance, production, competiveness and quality, and to optimise energy and human resources in a wide range of sectors, including industry, natural and energy resources, farming, services, etc.
  • Graduates of this Master’s degree course will have broad knowledge of all the various technologies involved in automation and robotics. The teaching method used, incorporating a significant laboratory and design component and applying innovative teaching and learning methods (use of ICTs, heavy promotion of independent projects and student group work, etc.), will give graduates the skills they need to tackle real problems in design and the use of commercial systems effectively. The above is additional and complementary to the programme’s main objective, which is to train researchers in automation and robotics.
  • To equip post-graduates with skills in all areas involved in these subjects, such as instrumentation, automation (PLC, machinery, etc.), robotics, inspection, process monitoring, real-time computing, system integration, etc.
  • To train professionals in the fields of Automation and Robotics to the highest level for the purposes of research and for assuming roles of responsibility in corporate R&D departments.
  • To train experts capable of planning and managing installations of all kinds in the field of automation, able to provide services in any research department or company.
  • To become a leading centre for development in automation and robotics, in terms of the excellent education received by graduates and the quality of teaching and research.

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Structure 

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Type of subject

Credits

Compulsory (OB)

30

Optional (specialisation) (OP)

18

Final project (OB)

12

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

Distribution of subjects by module

 

FIRST SEMESTER 30 ECTS

SECOND SEMESTER 30 ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

ADVANCED AUTOMATION

OB

6

ADVANCED ARTIFICIAL VISION

OP

3

INDUSTRIAL COMPUTING

OP

3

ROBOTICS

OB

6

ROBOT CONTROL AND PROGRAMMING

OP

3

AUTOMATED MONITORING SYSTEMS

OB

6

MAN-MACHINE INTERFACE SYSTEMS

OP

3

AUTOMATIC LEARNING

OP

3

PERCEPTION SYSTEMS

OB

6

AUTOMATION FOR THE RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND SERVICES SECTOR

OP

3

IMAGE CAPTURE AND OPTICAL TREATMENT

OP

3

ROBOT DESING AND SIMULATION

OB

6

WORK EXPERIENCE

OP

6

FINAL PROJECT

OB

12

 

For part-time students, shall be sent 18 credits of compulsory courses in the first semester of the first course and 12 credits of compulsory courses in the first semester of the second course (in the following table lists the subjects to be taught in each semester). As for the optional credits are allocated as follows: 12 credits will be given in the second semester of the first year and 6 in the second semester of the second course. Each elective course may take a quarter or another student's choice. If you wish to pursue internships will be developed in the second semester of second year and will have the equivalent to 6 elective credits. Finally, the Final Master shall be made during the second semester of the second course.

Part-time students

Materials (type)

CT1

CT2

CT3

CT4

Advanced Automation (ob)

6

 

 

 

Robotics (ob)

6

 

 

 

Automatic control systems (ob)

 

 

6

 

Sensing systems (ob)

6

 

 

 

Robot desing and simulation (ob)

 

 

6

 

Advanced artificial vision (opt)

 

3*

 

3*

Industrial Computing (opt)

 

3*

 

3*

Control and programming of robots (opt)

 

3*

 

3*

Systems of human-computer interaction (opt)

 

3*

 

3*

Automatic learning (opt)

 

3*

 

3*

Automation for residential, commercial and services (opt)

 

3*

 

3*

Acquisition and processing optical images (opt)

 

3*

 

3*

Work experience (opt)

 

 

 

6

Master Thesis Work

 

 

 

12

Note: (ob) compulsory; (opt) optional.

* These courses may be taken at CT2 or CT4 to student choice.

 

General course programme

The 60 ECTS credits that form the course programme are divided between the first semester, with 30 ECTS credits in compulsory core subjects, and a second semester offering specialisation with 18 ECTS credits in optional subjects.

There are five compulsory subjects, each worth 6 ECTS credits, and these form the fundamental basis of the course. Students choose their optional courses from a total of ten subjects each worth 3 ECTS credits, plus 6 optional Work Experience credits. Students can therefore shape their own curriculum.

To complete the course programme, students must take the 12 ECTS credits corresponding to the compulsory Final Master’s Project, which enables a global assessment to be made of the skills acquired on the course.

Theoretical and practical teaching in all subjects will be in Spanish, although seminars may occasionally be given in English by foreign visiting lecturers; attendance at these is optional.

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Distinctive Features

The University Master's degree in Automation and Robotics is distinguished by offering extensive practical training that will enable future professionals to manage and carry out tasks in all phases of the life cycle of automated systems, robotic cells, service robotics, assistive robotics. Students will get to know applications and products that solve problems in any area of Automation and Robotics, applying scientific knowledge and the methods and techniques of engineering. This has already allowed the more than 200 graduates to improve their qualifications in order to get job opportunities in companies related to automation and robotics.

One of the most representative features of the University of Alicante Master's degree in Automation and Robotics is to be the first official Master's degree in Automation and Robotics in the Valencia region. It has been offered since the 2010/11 academic year and has been evolving and adapting to the times of a technology that does not stop transforming. In this way, artificial intelligence content and design and simulation of robotic systems have been added to its curriculum.

The active participation of the students is encouraged in the exposition classes (theory classes that basically consist of lessons given by teachers and aimed at exposing theoretical contents and resolution of problems or exercises). In these classes, the teaching staff use several ICTs, including interactive classroom presentations, virtual tutorials and another series of tools through the University of Alicante's intranet (UACloud). This enables, for example, carrying out non-classroom activities for autonomous learning and their monitoring by the teaching staff (self-assessment, debates, forums, etc...). The UACloud platform is used in all subjects and allows students to have access from any point to all the information (course descriptions) and all the materials related to them (presentations, questions, complementary material, etc.).

As for the practical classes, it is worth mentioning that they are carried out according to different types of activities:

Theoretical/practical seminars: Activities are carried out to apply theoretical contents, to develop complementary aspects of the subject, to solve questions and problems that teachers staff proposes in advance to the students and that aim to encourage the active and critical participation of the students. Seminars by important companies in the province are also held, as well as talks by renowned guest lecturers, etc.

Practical laboratory classes: These are sessions in which different assumptions and experiments with real systems are proposed and developed. They require knowledge of analysis, design, programming, integration, etc. In this way, it is possible to experiment on real systems from the contents seen in the theoretical classes, thus encouraging the use of technology that students will find in the workplace. In general, the results obtained are delivered for subsequent correction and discussion in class.

Group tutorials: In these tutorials, students are followed more directly and personally, which allows them to be guided in the subject, be aware of and develop their motivations and attitudes, to work and discuss specific issues, to solve specific difficulties and to follow up the daily work related to the course.

The evaluation of learning outcomes is carried out mainly in a continuous assessment throughout the year, thus allowing a follow-up of the students' progress. This monitoring is complemented by the Tutorial Action Plan promoted by the Office of the Vice President for Quality Assurance and Educational Innovation, coordinated by the Educational Sciences Institute and carried out by the Polytechnic School. The main goal of the Tutorial Action Plan is to offer students a reference person who will support and guide them in their academic and personal development and in adapting to the university curricular and social context.

The Master’s degree is provided with quality assurance systems for the continuous improvement of the teaching-learning process based on multiple indicators, including student and faculty satisfaction surveys. In this context, it is also worth noting the active participation of teachers in a number of innovation projects promoted by the Office of the Vice President for Quality Assurance and Educational Innovation.

Another relevant feature of the Master's degree in Automation and Robotics is an intense research activity carried out by the teachers involved, organised into research groups according to the different scientific areas of the degree. These groups’ research activity contribute to maintaining the highest academic level of the Master’s degree, providing innovation and topicality in the contents taught. There are a total of 9 lecturers currently involved in supervision tasks, whose research experience equal a total of 16 six-year periods. There are also associate lecturers who work in the sector and allow for a more direct transfer of knowledge acquired in the automation and robotics industry.

Another noteworthy feature of this Master’s degree is the organisation of guided tours for students to companies in the industrial sector in the province, as well as the possibility for students to be assigned external work experience in the automation and robotics sector. All this offers students a way to come into contact with the business world, which is complemented by the possibility of carrying out the Master's Thesis in companies with a supervision agreement signed with the University of Alicante. These are the so-called technological projects, and their aim is to allow students to develop their Master’s Thesis by providing solutions to real problems in companies.

The data available indicate a high level of employability of graduates. For those students who wish to continue their studies, the PhD in Physics Applied to Science and Technology and the PhD in Computer Science, which are also offered at the University of Alicante, are the natural continuation of studies for graduates of the University Master's degree in Automation and Robotics.

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Resources and Facilities

Facilities at the Polytechnic School

The School has 10 departments with a total over 450 lecturers assigned to them. Its buildings accommodate offices, academic and research laboratories. There are no architectural barriers that prevent people with physical disabilities from accessing the premises of the School and the departments. The University of Alicante Polytechnic School (EPS) has several facilities that allow for quality teaching. Within the EPS, we find the School's own infrastructure, as well as premises belonging to the departments aimed at the teaching activity. The Alicante Polytechnic School manages laboratories and rooms located in 5 buildings on the campus, Polytechnic School I, Polytechnic School II, Polytechnic School III, Polytechnic School IV and the building 13.

The EPS allocates more than 3,000 m2 to teaching space

Laboratories

The University of Alicante Polytechnic School manages 25 computer laboratories located in 2 buildings on the campus, Polytechnic School I and Polytechnic School IV.

An Electronics laboratory and a Robotics laboratory located in the Polytechnic School III, as well as a Television and Video laboratory located in the Building 13.

There is also a laboratory where students can perform free practicals (without a teacher) at any time of day (from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm).

For the University Master's degree in Automation and Robotics, the 103.42 m2 robotics laboratory is worth mentioning. It is divided into two parts, one for student work and the other where the robots are located, both parts separated by a transparent screen to guarantee the students’ safety while using the robots.

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Robotic and automatic systems are increasingly used in our society not only in the industrial field, but aso in the assistance and services market.
The latest statistical data forecast a sifnificant growth in the number of robots and an even greater increase in service robotics.There is a clear trend in industries towards automation and robotization of technological production precesses, and a progressive integration of robotic systems and home automation systems in everyday life.

Thus, the scope of action of the graduates of this Master's degree is not only reduced to the industry but constitutes a wide range of different applications: medicine, logistics, security cleaning restoration maintenance, etc. In addition, this official Master's degree allows graduates to access related PhD programmes.

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Scholarships and Funding

 

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