Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
Professional Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Martin Hayes
Address: GPS
University of Limerick
Email: Telephone: 061-202577
Name: Ger Dooly
Address: ECE Department
University of Limerick

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Brief Description

Next Intake: September 2023 (Online) - Express your interest to be notified when the course opens for application.

This UL @ Work Professional Diploma in Cognitive Robotics will introduce students to the foundational principles of robotic systems and the Machine Learning fundamentals that underpin those systems. Students on this Diploma will rapidly advance their knowledge of the state of the art in robot control, locomotion, perception and intervention.
Students will learn about robotic platforms, vehicles & sensors, robot control strategies, robot vision & perception, sensor fusion, robot manipulation as well as human machine interfaces and coordinated strategies for complex robotic challenges that necessitate a 'system of systems' approach to design.

The programme is specifically designed as a full online (or blended) programme, including video lectures and practical challenges to allow students to develop and apply their learning. The programme will be of interest to recent ICT, scientific or Engineering graduates who wish to further specialise in the field of robotics. The programme will also be of interest to technical professionals seeking to apply robotics techniques, platforms and services to development of new products and processes.
Download the full course breakdown and FAQs here.



The programme will be delivered fully online. This Diploma consists of Specialist Modules in :-

  • Modern Robotic Systems and Control.
  • Introduction to Vision Systems.
  • Locomotion: Path Planning, Mapping and Manipulation.
  • Sensing and Perception.
  • Digital Futures Project Portfolio Planning.

Students will experience a supportive and dynamic learning environment in which there will be an emphasis on peer learning, team learning, critical reflection and feedback. Through the virtual learning environment students will have an opportunity to engage with a range of learning methods and problems. Between session students will be supported by faculty and staff online

On successful completion of this programme, the graduate will be able to
Design, develop and apply robotics techniques, platforms and services to products and processes within industry.
Utilise robotic control algorithms and robotic perception systems in the development of new products and processes.  
Utilise knowledge base to understand a robotic system problem and determine the appropriate pathway to develop a solution. 
Applicants are normally expected to hold a primary honours degree in a cognate (related) discipline, (minimum H2.2), or equivalent  and have at least 5 years of relevant industrial experience. 
The course admission team may interview applicants at their discretion as part of the admission process. 
Alternative Entry Route: 
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be considered in accordance with the University's policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning. These candidates will be required to submit a portfolio to demonstrate their technical and/or management experience. 
Alternative Entry Route applicants will be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the experience, motivation and ability to complete and benefit from this course. 


What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €3500 per annum

Non EU - €4750 per annum

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email



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