Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering

Our Undergraduate Degrees in Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering gives you the opportunity to study an increasingly important and ever growing area of industry.

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Robots are making their way into almost every sector from manufacturing to healthcare, from aerospace to marine. This means that there is increasing need for Mechatronic and Robotic
Engineers to maintain these systems and develop new ones to keep up with demand.

At the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, you will study the
integration of mechanical engineering, electronics, sensors, control, computational hardware and software in the design and development of advanced products. Through working on a
variety of projects, you will build an understanding of the complex interaction and integration skills needed to produce products, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, search and rescue robots,
advanced manufacturing, and intelligent oil drilling platforms.

Throughout your studies, you will gain a solid grounding in systems and control engineering and develop your knowledge of the different components making up complex mechatronic and robotic systems. You will understand how these components interact with each other and how to build systems that function seamlessly together.

We are the only Control and Systems Engineering in the UK – and also the best in Europe. Our unique focus on systems engineering is widely applicable and will lead onto careers in a range of companies, for example: Thales, BMW, BAE Systems or Dyson.

Key Facts

Entry requirements: AAB/BEng
Other entry requirements

Duration: 3 - 4 years

Tuition Fees: £9,250 (UK/EU)
Other Fees

Key modules:

Introduction to Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering Mathematics

Physical Systems

Modelling and Analysis

Digital and Embedded Systems

Electrical and Electronic Systems

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2017
Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering MEng UCAS: H360 | 4 years
Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering BEng UCAS: H361 | 3 years
Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng UCAS: 2S15 | 5 years
Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with a Year in Industry BEng UCAS: 2G36 | 4 years

What will you learn?

Whether you study a BEng or MEng, our courses will give you a firm understanding of the principles of mechatronics and robotics.

Over the duration of the course, you will learn how to design, analyse and test transforming robots, autonomous vehicles, and other complex electro-mechanical systems. You will also learn how to control robotic systems using modern microprocessor technology.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake machine learning modules and work in the Control Lab in the Diamond to use industry- standard equipment for their studies or other extra-curricular projects.

In the First Year of study, you will learn the very basics of Systems and Control Engineering along with other ACSE First Year students. You will be introduced to a number of specialist programmes to complete tasks and assignments, such as building and programming a Beacon Robot.

In the Second Year of study, you will have the opportunity to study a module in Engineering Mechanics which will provide you with the fundamental concepts and techniques used.

In the Third Year, you will be able to choose a speciality subject from:

  • Intelligent Systems
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Mechanics and Deformable Solids
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • System Identification
  • Hardware-in-the-loop and Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Renewable Energy
  • Structural Vibration
  • Electrical Energy Management and Conversion

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits a year. Click below for a complete list of modules.

See modules     Course structure

How do we teach?

The award winning Diamond building opened in September 2015. Our students have access the state-of-the-art control lab. We have reviewed our undergraduate module provision to ensure that the development of professional and laboratory skills sits at the heart of our teaching.

Getting hands-on laboratory experience is essential to both your student experience and your career as an engineer. You will use the control lab to develop a range of practical skills and us our PC suite to enhance your knowledge on a range of specialist programmes.

Modules, regardless of year or course, will be taught via a range of lectures, tutorials and lab classes. Students will be taught by specialists in their specific fields, and will be able to contact them throughout term time either in drop-in sessions or via email.

Both the BEng and MEng Mechatronics and Robotics courses are accredited by the IET and InstMC.

Career opportunities.

Our graduates are in high demand and earn substantial salaries, starting from (on average) £26,900. The most recent statistics show that 95 per cent of our graduates are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation.

Qualified systems and control engineers make a genuine difference in the world. The scope for System Engineers is incredible. Our students go on to work in a variety of industries, from health sciences to space instrumentation, from manufacturing to building energy grids. They build robots and autonomous systems that allow cities, companies and services to run. They can even help to predict climate change, financial trends or reserves of raw materials.

Throughout your studies, you will be able to make the most out of the careers support the Department and the University offer, from attending the ACSE Careers day to being able to drop into the Job Shop. We work with a range of employers to make sure that you get the most out of your studies and provide you with real-life scenarios for project work.

There are also opportunities for you to take part in extra-curricular projects within the Engineering Faculty and wider University. Our students have taken part in a range of projects, conferences and competitions while studying with us. You can read more about some of these projects below:

Project SunbYte     ROV MATE     TAROS Conference