New Emphasis Updates
Starting January 2020, several important changes to the Graduate Emphasis in Robotics came into effect.
The new "Emphasis in Robotics" replaces the old "Emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics" in order to better represent the broad range of robotics activities that take place across UofT.
The list of eligible courses has been expanded to reflect the many new graduate course offerings developed by the eight new robotics faculty who have been hired across the university in recent years.
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How will these changes affect me?
Robotics is a highly interdisciplinary field. Graduate students from a variety of robotics sub-disciplines will now have access to educational programming that reflects the most current state of the art in advanced robotics.
These changes were designed to improve the robotics graduate student experience at UofT, bring our robotics community together, and ensure that our graduates are highly qualified for academic and industry jobs across the range of new application areas currently being transformed by robotics.
We strongly encourage all graduate students (MEng., MASc, PhD) of Robotics Institute faculty to pursue the Graduate Emphasis in Robotics.
Not yet a student at UofT?
You must already be enrolled in a MASc or MEng or PhD program at one of our qualifying Departments or Institutes at UofT in order to be eligible for the Graduate Emphasis in Robotics.
If you are not yet a graduate student at UofT, check out the admissions pages of our partner departments!
Are you a Computer Science Student at UofT pursuing robotics?
The University of Toronto is actively building its computer science presence in robotics, and has recently launched a CS-focused robotics research cluster at the UTM campus.
CS students are welcome to enrol in any of the robotics courses offered within the Robotics Emphasis. Unfortunately CS students are not eligible to graduate with Emphasis in Robotics on their transcripts at this time. We are looking at ways to make the Emphasis certificate available to CS students in the future.
To receive the Robotics Emphasis, eligible students must successfully complete four courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) chosen from at least two course groups, and no more than two in any given group. Note that not all courses will be offered each year.
Pre-approved substitutions are listed below. Each student will only be allowed one substitution.
Group 1: Planning and Control
Pre-approved Group 1 substitutions
Group 2: Perception and Learning
Pre-approved Group 2 substitutions
Group 3: Modelling and Dynamics
Group 4: Systems Design and Integration
Pre-approved Group 4 substitutions
Not all courses will be offered each year.
Get the Emphasis
Successfully complete the required coursework
Ensure you have successfully completed the course requirements for the emphasis: four courses from at least two course groups.
Submit your request before you graduate
Graduate Studies office verifies your transcript
Wait while the Office of the Vice Dean Graduate Studies (Engineering) verifies your transcripts to ensure that you have completed the required courses and have received final marks.
Robotics Institute approves your request
Provided Office of the Vice Dean Graduate Studies (Engineering) has deemed that you have satisfied the emphasis requirements, the Robotics Institute will approve your request.
"Robotics Emphasis" is noted on your transcript!
The Office of the Vice Dean Graduate Studies (Engineering) will notate the Robotics emphasis on your transcript: “Completed - YEAR SEMESTER- Emphasis (Degree): Robotics”