Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Engineering in Robotics and Automation Engineering

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required NEW*
  • Course Code SG350
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary

Robotics and Automation (also commonly known as the field of Mechatronics) is the combination of mechanical, electronic, robotic and software engineering systems that are used in modern manufacturing industries.

Robotics and Automation equips graduates with the skills to work in high-tech manufacturing industries and is becoming one of the fastest growing career areas. Robotics and Automation engineers design, build and operate intelligent machines such as the robots and flexible manufacturing systems of today and for tomorrow. 


During this course students will learn how to analyse and design, build prototypes and control the machines and processes that are found in the biomedical, automotive, food processing and high volume manufacturing sectors, to name but a few. Robotic and Automation engineers are problem solvers by nature, looking for solutions to sometimes difficult engineering applications.


Students are introduced to the engineering profession by sharing the fundamentals of engineering subjects with our other engineering programmes. The common first year helps develop a multidisciplinary mindset. Students are counselled during their first year on possible transfers, in line with their abilities and wishes.


Students deepen their knowledge and understanding of robotic and automation engineering, focusing on control systems, electronics, industrial data communication, pneumatics, automation technology and robotics.


Control systems, energy operations, image processing and power electronics are some of the subjects focused in Year Three before students enjoy a  
six-month work placement.


Advanced automation and robotic systems, sensors and controls are focused on in the final year along with a project to help bring learning to life.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

A H5 in Leaving Cert Mathematics is an entry requirement for this programme. Those who do not have a H5 grade in Mathematics may take the IT Sligo Alternative Maths Exam, which is equivalent to Higher Level Mathematics.

The Alternative Maths Exam takes place on Monday 13th of September 2021 at 11am. Please see below for more information and available resources.


IT Sligo offers a free online pre-degree Mathematics Open Course MOOC leading to a special Mathematics exam, equivalent to Leaving Certificate Higher Level. The MOOC provides on-line resources including revision notes and sample papers to support students taking the examination. 

The MOOC, launched in June 2017, is particularly suitable for CAO Leaving Certificate applicants who may not meet the Mathematics entry requirements for this Honours degree programme (minimum of H5 in LC) following the Leaving Certificate examinations or who are not taking higher level Leaving Certificate Mathematics. A pass in this special exam will be deemed equivalent to meeting the Mathematics entry requirement for this programme.

The Mathematics examination takes place on Monday 13th of September 2021 at 11am at IT Sligo and may also be available as an on-line proctored examination.

Current and prospective applicants can access the Mathematics MOOC as follows:

1. Register your name and email address on the Open Course (MOOC) website here:

2. Once registered on the site enrol on the course here: (the enrolment key is civil2017).

Career Opportunities

The integrated skills developed in this Robotics and Automation course can be applied to a variety of jobs, enabling students to have a very promising career in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, electronics, food processing and manufacturing sectors.

Graduates from this honours degree programme will have the interdisciplinary approach necessary to integrate electronics, control, software and mechanical engineering to a wide range of industrial problems. This is one of the most sought after skills in industry at present. 

Further Study

There are a number of masters programmes available in IT Sligo in the area of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Industry 4.0 as well as the opportunity to do a masters by research.

Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Post Graduate Certificate in Automotive Artificial Intelligence

To view all our Postgraduate options please click here



Hear what employers have to say about Engineering graduates from IT Sligo. Plus, see some of the projects our students have worked on.

Did you know?

We also have a Level 7 Programme in this area - BEng in Mechatronics

In the third year of Robotics and Automation, students go on a six month work placement. This allows them to put all the skills they have developed in class into a real world work experience. It also allows students to develop industry connections.

Advanced automation and robotic systems, sensors and controls are focused on in the final year. All this along with a project help bring learning to life.

Robotic and Automation engineers are problem solvers by nature, looking for solutions to sometimes difficult engineering applications.

Enjoy a common first year across our Level 8 engineering degrees to give you an understanding of all aspects of engineering and the flexibility to change direction in Year Two if desired. Students can choose from Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Automation or Electronics and Self Driving Technologies.