An overview of and introduction to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems was jointly awarded to Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in November 2013.

Robots will revolutionise the world's economy and society over the next twenty years, working for us, beside us and interacting with us. The CDT in Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Edinburgh will address key challenges for managing interactions between robots and their environments, between multiple autonomous systems, and between robots and humans. We will equip graduates with technical skills and industry awareness to create an innovation pipeline from academic research to global markets, combining our scientific leadership with extensive industrial engagement to ground research and training in real world challenges. We also offer a world-class infrastructure, enhanced through the recent £6.1M EPSRC capital grant ROBOTARIUM.

This PhD training programme lasts four years, including assessed masters level courses in the first year and continuous training in commercial awareness, creativity, social challenges and innovation.  Our students graduate with a joint PhD from both universities. For more information about the programme, please visit:

The CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems programme exists within the School of Informatics, providing CDT students with access to a range of facilities and services. The following School pages may be of use: