Robotics programme overview:

A direct path to in-demand expertise

Robotics is a diverse field with a great future. The growing need for robots and the increasing complexity of robotic systems is fuelling the demand for qualified robotics experts. 

To meet this demand, FHWS, together with robotics experts and companies, has developed a curriculum tailored to industry needs. Through a mix of theoretical and practical study content, students get to know robotics in all its facets, gaining the expertise that is in such high demand.

Bachelor of Robotics

Qualification

Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.)

Programme duration

7 semesters

Programme commencement

1 October / winter semester (from 2020 onwards)

Mode of study

Full-time

Credit Points (ECTS)

210

Language of instruction

German and/or English

Admission requirements

German Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or equivalent higher education entrance qualification

Student fees

The student fees stated on the Department of Student Affairs (Hochschulservice Studium, HSST) website (https://hsst.fhws.de) apply.

Tuition fees

None

Application period

Annually from 1 May to 15 July (from 2020 onwards)

Location

Schweinfurt

Special conditions

As part of the 'TWIN Bachelor's Degree Programme', students in the Robotik/Robotics programme have the opportunity to switch between German and English-language bachelor programmes with identical content. This ensures the transfer of a combination of professional, cultural, and linguistic skills, with the aim of internationalising the degree. Moreover, graduates have the opportunity to apply for master's degree programmes in the faculties of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science and Business Information Systems.

Software skills are crucial

Computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering – interdisciplinarity not only characterises robotics training, but also the professional environment entered into afterwards. The main focus, however, is on software skills. This includes, for example, machine learning and machine vision. Although there is often talk of robotics 'specialists', robotics engineers are in fact generalists in the true sense, with a broad technical background and well developed interdisciplinary skills.

Programme content

The programme is characterised by practice-oriented teaching content that is continuously adapted to the latest technical developments in its field.

Apart from its engineering content, the curriculum is above all influenced by lectures from the field of computer science. The computer science components enable an advanced level of engagement with the methods of artificial intelligence (AI), and thus pave the way for students to enter a strategically important future area of robotics engineering.

A foundation of computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering

The robotics programme is divided into three components. First is the basic studies component, comprising semesters 1 to 4. It teaches the foundations of computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as soft skills. During the subsequent practical semester (semester 5), students gain professional experience in a company. This is followed by the specialist and advanced studies component comprising semesters 6 and 7. This programme component gives students the opportunity to accentuate their studies with lectures from three different fields of specialisation. In addition, semester 7 also includes the preparation of a bachelor's thesis.

A central feature of the degree programme are practicals that take place during each semester of both the basic and advanced programme components. True to the motto 'Learning by Doing', these allow students to consolidate their theoretical knowledge through its practical application.

Specialisations

The programme aims to cover the field of robotics comprehensively. To this end, it offers students in semesters 6 and 7 a choice of three specialisations. They are 'industrial robotics', 'mobile robotics', and 'humanoid and service robotics'. These specialisations focus on the following:

  • Industrial robotics: Automation and production technology, collaborative robotics, kinematics and dynamics of serial and parallel manipulators, industrial robot programming
  • Mobile robotics: Navigation and mapping, mobile platforms (air, land, water, and underwater based), flight mechanics and drones
  • Humanoid and service robotics: Speech recognition and speech synthesis, upright mobility, bionics, human-robot interaction (HRI)