Robotics and Intelligent Systems Programme, 120 credits

The international Master’s programme in robotics and intelligent systems is an exciting two-year programme for students with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. The programme is offered by the nationally and internationally renowned Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS) at Örebro University.

The International Master's in Robotics and Intelligent Systems is an exciting 2 year program for students seeking to gain high-profile competence relevant for both research and industrial careers.

The International Master's in Robotics and Intelligent Systems aims to give students a solid practical and theoretical knowledge in intelligent systems with a particular emphasis on robotic systems, and to prepare them for a career in modernized industry, service organizations or academia. The program profiles itself in the fusion between cognition, control and perception. The first year is dedicated to in-depth courses covering the fundamental topics related to robotics and intelligent systems (among which artificial intelligence, mobile robots, sensing, and control), followed by a second year dedicated to practical work. The second year's entire curriculum is dedicated to project work, and culminates in a Master's thesis. All teaching in the program is provided by researchers in the Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS). Teaching and supervision within the program are intimately connected to research performed at AASS: courses are at a sufficiently advanced level to be driven by current research topics, and project work that is assigned in the second year provides students with the unique opportunity to participate in cutting edge research programs. Moreover, many of these research projects involve important industrial partners (e.g., ABB, Volvo, Atlas Copco, Danaher Motion, Stora Enso and Linde). Through these partnerships, the program can offer interested students competitive industry-oriented projects in the second year. Students interested in applying should have strong programming skills (e.g., C/C++, Java and/or other object oriented languages), as well as a solid background in mathematics (see formal requirements for further details).

Qualifications (degree awarded)

Degree of Master of Science [120 credits]
Degree of Master of Arts/Science [60 credits]


The unique mix of research- and industry-driven focus of the International Master's in Robotics and Intelligent Systems has resulted in an excellent track record. Our graduates consistently earn prestigious positions both in research (in the form of PhD positions within AASS and abroad) and industry (e.g., Mathworks).


The International Master's in Robotics and Intelligent Systems (see
the program's website) proposes an attractive curriculum which alternates both theory and practice in fields related to robotics and artificial intelligence.

Of the program's ten courses, four are lab-intensive and five are are dedicated to introducing students to research topics within the area.

The second-last semester of the program focuses heavily on project work with a course dedicated to integration and development of robotic platforms, sensors and algorithms. An overview of this course is given in the following video.


The International Master's in Robotics and Intelligent Systems is an all-round program whose vision is to create a new generation of highly competitive research leaders, ready to engage in successful careers in modernized industry, service organizations or academia.

For more information on the curriculum, links to course webpages, a selection of our past Master's thesis projects, and current news, please visit the program webpage.


Daniel Ricao CanelhasDaniel Ricao Canelhas comes from Sweden/Brazil. He is currently studying the third semester on the master’s programme Robotics and Intelligent Systems.

Tell us about your background?
I have done a 5-year programme at a university in Brazil, studying mechatronics, the intersection of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and software development. You could say that a robot is the definitive mechatronic system, with many different constituent parts.

How did you find the programme at Örebro University?
I had the choice between two universities and Örebro University was top of my list. I was really impressed when I read about the international research carried out at AASS, the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, at the university’s School of Science and Technology. I commute by train to Örebro, and it works well – I bring my folding bike on the train and cycle to the university.

What do you like most about the programme?
There are many aspects to the programme that I like. The lecturers are all researchers, and they are all from very different backgrounds which is a great asset since they specialise in different areas of the field. I really enjoy the multicultural blend among lecturers and students. I also enjoy socialising with students on other programmes – you easily find people to hang out with here at the university. You don’t have to worry about having no one but computer nerds for company!

Advice to prospective students?
It is important not to scamp maths, but don’t be intimidated by it either. You just keep at it like in any other job. There are opportunities to do what you want here. Sweden is amazing in many ways – I am for instance on leave of absence from work to study. Comparing the study situation here to that in Brazil, where there aren’t enough places and where your financial situation as a student is very different, I’m in as good a place as I can be.

What are your plans for the future?
I would like to do a PhD. If you are an engineer, there are usually two career paths. You either focus on the technology or you go into project management or administration. I definitely want to focus on the technology and that’s what I am doing here. Many countries are short of engineers and there will be a large job market for those that have acquired further qualifications like I am now. Bill Gates has said that robotics is the next “computer”, i.e. it will revolutionise the world. And I believe that is true.

Level: Second cycle

Language of instruction: English

Semester: Autumn 2012

Pace of study: Full-time

Place of study: Örebro

School: School of Science and Technology

Study places: 30

Selection: Course grades in mathematics and computer engineering.

Specific entry requirements: A first-cycle qualification of 180 credits, containing courses in mathematics: analysis and algebra; as well as computer engineering: programming, algorithms and data structures. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course "English B" from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.


Application code: ORU-59222

Updated: 2013-10-11

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