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study ‘Robotics’ in your BSc in Electronic Engineering
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28 Jun 2019 Book icon 3 mins Share

Here’s why you must study ‘Robotics’ in your BSc in Electronic Engineering

The article explores the bright career prospects of studying robots along with your BSc in Electronic Engineering - and where to enroll!

28 Jun 2019 Book icon 3 mins Share
study ‘Robotics’ in your BSc in Electronic Engineering

Hey you! I understand that you’re fresh out of school and you have plans to pursue BSc in Electronic Engineering. That’s a wise choice given the current market situation. I’m not going to tell you the countless career advantages of taking up Electrical Engineering. I’d like to bring your attention to the benefits of adding ‘Robotics’ to your BSc in Electrical Engineering and where to pursue it.

Oh, you have no idea how valuable your profile will be in the international market with this additional knowledge on robotics and I can’t wait to explain it to you. So, let’s get straight into it and you can thank me later. 😊

A traditional engineer with tech skills of the future

The outdated engineering knowledge will no loner be used as a basis to build the technology of the future. As sectors like robotics, data science and artificial intelligence expand and grow astronomically as we speak, there is a rising need in businesses to link these fields with traditional engineering programmes.

The production and development of these latest revolutionary tools and systems will call for a huge contribution (in terms of both knowledge and skills) from the field of Electronic Engineering. For example, a robot cannot be created without the due and significant contribution of mechanical engineering students developing its skeleton, computer science students programming its brain, and most importantly, electronics operating its nervous system. Electronic engineering and robotics therefore go hand-in-hand.  

To give you another befitting example, with the advent of fully operating self-driving cars and fast-growing integrated photonics estimated to hit the market worth USD 5 billion in 2025 - an ideal electronic engineer of tomorrow must be able to balance core manufacturing fundamentals along with the latest technology and theories. 

Securing your career for the future

Did you know that the artificial intelligence software market worldwide is estimated to witness a massive growth in the coming years? In fact, according to a market research company Tractica, the revenues are increasing from about USD 9.5 billion in 2018 to a staggering USD 118.6 billion by 2025!

More and more companies are investing in AI and AI-driven technology solutions and products. Take for example, the company Arm. Simon Segars, the CEO of Arm, has invested into using pioneering 5G devices and robotics to empower an AI-enabled world.  

Or take a look at Google’s Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, or Nissan’s self-drive Tesla cars, or Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri or the countless chatbot services you use on any random website – look all around you, AI and robotics is the future. The sooner you’re knowledgeable in it, the greater your demand will be. 

Now that you know why you should be adding robotics to your BSc in Electronic Engineering, let’s move on to where you can study them:

University of Plymouth

Based in the UK, University of Plymouth is ranked second in the country and 86th in the world, according to Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018. Its teaching quality is reflected in its Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and its two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for higher education.

The university offers a BEng (Hons) Robotics programme. The specialty of this programme is that it integrates three important disciplines – mechanical, computer and electronic. At Plymouth, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with its six rapid prototyping printers supporting ABS, PLA, Nylon and other materials like conductive elastomer; its Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) and its 30 workstations for Modelling software and Solidworks CAD design.

University of Sussex

At University of Sussex, you have the option of choosing MEng (Master of Engineering) – which comes with a special pathway to enhance specific skills and expertise in not just electrical and electronoic engineering, but also in robotics. These skills groom the graduates to be employable by a range of sectors – right from robot design to robotics, autonomous cars, mechatronics, automation, renewable energies and smart systems.

The importance of being knowledgeable in robotics has been well acknowledged by even universities offering non-science background. Several social science departments include minors in artificial intelligence in its humanities programmes.

The bottom line is – Companies around the world are looking for people with knowledge of core traditional engineering as well as skills in cutting-edge technology of the future. So, if you’re an electronic engineer with some background in robotics, your career instantly becomes brighter. 

You may also want to explore other universities from across the world that offer Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering.

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