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Course summary

AgriFoRwArdS is a collaboration between the Universities of Lincoln, Cambridge and East Anglia, and focuses on robotics within the agricultural sector. The Centre provides fully funded opportunities for students to undertake MSc and PhD study, to become the next leaders in the agri-food robotics community. As an AgriFoRwArdS student you will first conduct one year of study for the MSc in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Lincoln, followed by three years of PhD study at one of the three partner institutions. The programme structure Year 1: Students are required to complete the MSc programme in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Lincoln (delivered at the School of Computer Science on the Brayford Campus in Lincoln City Centre). This is supported by guest lectures, seminars and workshops from supervisors at the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia, plus training activities alongside other CDT students. Years 2-4: Students will undertake their PhD research. Students will benefit from internationally leading supervisory expertise from across the consortium, with academic supervisors from two of our partner Universities, and an advisor from one of our Industry Partners. Twenty PhD students will be based at the University of Lincoln, twenty at the University of Cambridge, and ten at the University of East Anglia. Associated Training: Students benefit from an ongoing, integrated, research training programme throughout the MSc and PhD phases, often delivered at the centrally located NCFM. The programme will enable students to specialise between four possible career routes, with training tailored to each of these directions: 1) Academic researcher, 2) Engineer, 3) Entrepreneur, 4) Executive. Those following career path 1 are likely to become researchers or professors, paths 2 and 4 usually lead people to industry, and path 3 is for those interested in starting a business or working in a small enterprise. Applicants are asked to identify the two career paths which interest them the most. There is no correct answer to this question, but it helps us to design the training to meet your needs. All students receive ongoing training in software engineering and systems development for agri-food robotics Key Features and Benefits of the programme

  • Fully funded studentship, covering tuition fees and maintenance, along with funding for travel and consumables
  • Supervision by academic experts from the Universities of Lincoln, Cambridge and East Anglia.
  • Working with Industry Partners
  • Excellent training opportunities, include master level courses in year one, supplemented by training in additional areas
  • Group project work to encourage publishable, multi-disciplinary projects and develop team-working skills
  • Studentship opportunity for October 2023 enrolment. There are limited studentships available so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold/be predicted a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) or Master’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics or a cognate subject area. We welcome applications from all suitability qualified persons, and actively encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in our CDT.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Please note that this course is fully funded.

Sponsorship information

What funding is available? An AgriFoRwArdS Studentship provides; Tuition fees for 4 years, at UK student rates (1 year MSc fees, 3 years PhD fees); A tax-free stipend at EPSRC rates; A generous research training support grant. Each eligible student receives a scholarship (stipend) of at least £17,668 per annum (EPSRC rates for 2022/23) plus their tuition fees paid for the full duration of the 4-year programme. Students further benefit from a research training support grant, enabling international travel and participation in the leading RAS conferences and symposia. This element of the EPSRC funding is currently £6,000 for the four-year studentship.

Agri-Food Robotics at University of Lincoln - UCAS