This course provides you with a broad introduction to the issues encountered and techniques required in developing advanced mechatronic products and automation systems.
Mechatronics and automation is becoming an increasingly important discipline in today’s digital society. New products have been designed applying mechatronic principles. Consumers and society have benefited tremendously from these new intelligent products that include:
This course trains you to:
The course is aimed at:
You'll take a number of compulsory and optional modules. The postgraduate group project provides you with industry-related training.
Haptic Sensing & Display for Telepresence, VR and Design
This project consists of an investigation and design of simple haptic sensing and display system.
Periscopic & Flexible Camera Extension
This project involves the design and building of a camera or camera extension.
The course is supported by a state-of-the art digital design and manufacture studio and prototype workshops. They provide:
Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Accreditation has been awarded for this programme from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Teaching methods include:
Assessment is by written assignments and examinations.
The programme provides and cultivates interdisciplinary engineering skills, which are based on the systematic combination of knowledge and methods within the fields of mechanical, control and computer engineering, thereby enabling the graduates to effectively solve complex technical problems related to design, analysis, quality assurance, maintenance, monitoring and diagnostics of macro and micro mechatronic systems.
Mechatronics – engineering „decathlon“
Studies in Mechatronics occupy the crossroads of several engineering sciences and allow to gain and selectively deepen the knowledge and practical skills in mechanics, control systems, electronics and information technology through application of systems approach. The programme encompasses a wide range of elective courses, which provide favorable conditions for students to specialize in the preferred domain of mechatronics: from structural design to adaptive control, from product development to maintenance, from macro to micro mechatronics systems. The accumulated multidisciplinary background enables the graduates to opt for a research-oriented carrier by pursuing PhD degree in mechanical engineering or other fields related to mechatronics.
Multidisciplinary competences for creative problem solving
Modern industry faces an increasing shortage of versatile professionals, who possess a wide-ranging engineering skillset. In this programme students gain knowledge in technical project management, integrated product development, computer-aided design and manufacturing. The syllabus focuses on methods and tools applied for design and analysis of electromechanical, automated, robotic, control and embedded systems as well as introduces to the methods and tools used in production information systems, nanoengineering, machine monitoring and diagnostics. These multidisciplinary courses provide a solid foundation for a graduate to become effective in design, development, installation and maintenance of a wide range of complex machinery and devices. It is not uncommon that experts in mechatronics take a leading role in the process of innovative product development.
Mechatronic qualifications meet the needs of modern industry
The engineering industry is among the largest employers, therefore the students in Mechatronics have an ample selection when planning their carrier path. In Lithuania alone there are about 2000 companies, where many job positions are related to mechatronics to some extent. Therefore, the graduates are successfully employed in nearly all manufacturing and service sectors, where they pursue carriers as CAD designers and product developers, research analysts, automation and operation engineers, instrumentation and quality control engineers, maintenance and support engineers as well as sales engineers, technical consultants or project managers. Alternatively, the graduates may embark on a research path within the academia and R&D organizations or establish start-ups in order to develop and commercialize high added-value mechatronic products.
Competitive advantage in the job market of today and tomorrow
Due to interdisciplinary knowledge and skills the graduates of Mechatronics are valued by employers as being able to more rapidly adapt to specific requirements of a particular engineering-oriented job position. This professional flexibility facilitates pursuit of various carrier paths within different manufacturing industries as well as within technical service sector. Experts in mechatronics are crucial in highly innovative and internationally competing manufacturing companies, where process automation is inevitably based on mechatronic technologies. Mechatronics engineers are particularly welcome in industrial and R&D sectors of the developed countries, where smart macro/micro-mechatronic systems are continually developed and implemented in advanced technological machinery, robotics, medical and testing devices, aerospace and automotive equipment.
The most advanced mechatronics laboratories in Lithuania
KTU pioneered the studies in mechatronics in Lithuania and has the long-standing experience in the field as well as provides open access to a wide range of the state-of-the-art educational and research facilities. As part of their curriculum, the students acquire useful hands-on experience in various mechatronics, robotics and clean-room laboratories.
This programme aims to give students professional knowledge and skills for a successful career in the future that are orientated to engineering technologies, such as mechatronics, robotics and automation, which presume professional abilities to integrate, conduct and lead complex engineering projects integrating ICT and hardware technologies for solving practical problems and starting a new business. This programme is strongly orientated towards practical, hands-on projects and developing practical skills supported by laboratories of mechatronics, robotics, machine vision, metrology and measurement technology and computer classes.
Most of the courses are project based supported by theoretical materals. There is a project course on the first year containing the topics of machine vision and mechatronics systems aimed to support development of a real automation or robotic systems by student groups ending with presenting a conference paper as a rule. Examples of this kind projects are „Quadrocopter gesture control sytem“, „Automated inspection system of electric motor staator and rootor sheets“ and „Development of the camera system for the nanosatellite“, etc.
Future belongs to the specialities which provide flexible and integrated deep technical knowledge as it is the case in Mechatronics curricula. A good proof of this is the fact that Forbes nominates two MSc Mechatronics graduates among the EU most successful young leaders and entrepreneurs in Industry and Science in 2015.
The graduates of the programme possess skills applicable in a broad sphere, such as automation and robotics engineers in industry; project managers and entrepreneurs and managers of innovative SMEs orientated towards developing cutting edge technology or medicinal devices; health and space industry; security; products combining hardware and ICT, etc. Active and bright mechatronics engineers are urgently needed in the fields of automatic production lines and robotics such as ABB or SIEMENS. Students can also continue their studies at PhD level in mechatronics or in a related field.
Mechatronics MSc at DMU is one of the longest established specialist courses of its kind in the UK. The Mechatronics MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and focuses on enabling you to become proficient in communicating across a range of different disciplines, and delivering optimised engineering solutions using an integrated multidisciplinary mechatronics approach. You will be exposed to a broad range of engineering disciplines, learn to solve multidisciplinary mechatronics problems and develop the skills to apply a mechatronic approach to the solution of technical problems. All course content is relevant to modern day practise as our research informs our teaching, ensuring the course content covers current industry topics and issues. You also have the option to undertake a year-long work placement as part of this course, gaining valuable experience to apply for and enhance your practical and professional skills further.
• Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
ensuring you will benefit from the highest quality teaching, and graduate with a recognised qualification
• Graduate employability
Mechatronic engineers are in high demand as more industries seek to apply advances across a range of engineering disciplines
• Enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities
including dedicated mechanical, electrical and electronic laboratories especially suited for mechatronics, as well as an for the manufacture of student designs
• Industry placement opportunity
you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further
• Work with leading research groups
you will be offered opportunities to work on projects with research groups within the faculty, including the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Mechatronics, that are engaged in high-class, research and industrial collaboration and consultancy
• Course content relevant to modern day practice
our research informs our teaching, ensuring the course content covers current industry topics and issues
• Excellent graduate prospects
graduates enjoy exciting career opportunities in a range of fields such as robotics and automation, manufacturing, aerospace, material processing, energy and power.
• Mechatronic Systems - Engineering and Design
• Engineering Business Environment and Energy Studies
• Programming and Software Engineering
• Machine Vision, Robotics and Flexible Automation
• Engineering Systems: Dynamics and Control
• Microprocessor Applications and Digital Signal Processing
• Research Methods
This research can be industrially-based or linked to an industrial partner, attached to one of the mechatronic-related research teams within the faculty or in other collaborating institutions. The research project should be in an area relevant to Mechatronics, where clear evidence of the ability to solve a real multidisciplinary problem is demonstrated. The project assessment involves a formal presentation, production of a technical paper and a thesis.
We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. We have a dedicated Placement Unit which will help you obtain this. Once on your placement you will be supported by your Visiting Tutor to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed - usually around June - and last for one year. When you return from your work placement you will begin your dissertation.
Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials and laboratories. You will be expected to undertake self-directed study.
For taught sessions you will attend eight modules with a total of 48 hours (four hours per week for 12 weeks each), with eight hours per module per week of average additional self-directed study. For the individual project you normally will spend 13 weeks working five days (eight hours per day) a week to complete it, and have one hour per week contact time with your supervisor.
Research is carried out by the Mechatronics Research Centre, which holds a considerable number of UK and EU research project grants and has collaborative research links with more than 100 national and international organisations. The group is internationally regarded and specialises in machine design, control and simulation, fluid power systems and motion control.
As part of your studies, you will be offered opportunities to work on projects with research groups within the faculty that are engaged in high-class, leading-edge research and industrial collaboration and consultancy.
During the project element of the course, the Intelligent Machines and Automation Systems (IMAS) Research Laboratory provides access to dedicated research facilities
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Funding for postgraduate students
This course develops your knowledge and skills in mechatronics design and practice. You will develop skills in mechanical and electronic engineering, computing and control, and multidisciplinary skills appropriate to the requirements of modern manufacturing technologies.
This one year course is intended for honours (or international equivalent) graduates in mechatronics, mechanical or mechanical related engineering (eg automotive, aeronautical or design), physics or a related discipline.
A two year MSc is also available for non-native speakers of English that includes a Preliminary Year.
The taught part of the course consists of major mechatronic engineering themes such as:
-Instrumentation and drives
You have the opportunity to undertake in-depth studies through research projects. Your project is chosen from an extensive range of subjects. Project work can range from fundamental studies in areas of mechatronics to practical design, make and test investigations.
General areas for project work include:
-Computational engineering modelling
Some research may be undertaken in collaboration with industry.
The course is delivered by the School of Engineering. The School has an established programme of research seminars. These are delivered by guest speakers from academia and industry (both national and international), providing excellent insights into a wide variety of engineering research.
Effective communication is an important skill for the modern professional engineer. This course includes sessions to help develop your ability, both through formal guidance sessions dedicated to good practice in report writing, and through oral/poster presentations of project work.
Graduates of this course who pass with merit are normally offered the opportunity to progress to PhD study either on a self-funded project or on a funded PhD studentship.
The taught component of the course makes use of a combination of lectures, tutorials/labs and seminars. Assessment is by written examination and submitted in-course assignments.
The research project (worth 60 credits) is undertaken throughout the duration of the Master's level course. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral/poster presentations. You will be allocated, and meet regularly with, project supervisors.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
Mechatronics, robotics and autonomous systems represent a range of important technologies which underpin many applications – from manufacturing and automation through to self-driving cars and robotic surgical tools.
Delivered by the Schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computing, this programme will equip you with the specialist knowledge and wide range of skills to pursue a career in this dynamic field.
Core modules will give you a foundation in the many applications of mechatronics and robotics and develop your understanding of the wide range of industry sectors that use robotics. You’ll also build research skills with a major project in fields as diverse as robot swarms, sensing systems, bio-inspired robots and surgical robotics.
Diverse optional modules will allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, guided by academics whose teaching is informed by their own world-class research.
The Faculty of Engineering is an exciting and stimulating environment where you’ll learn in specialist facilities. These include an ABB robotic manufacturing cell, the Embedded Systems Lab, the Keysight Technologies Communications Lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy, and computer clusters with a very wide range of industry-standard CAD/CAE/CAM software packages.
The three Schools that deliver this programme collaborate in research projects within the themes of surgical robotics, rehabilitation robotics, exploration robotics and future cities.
The international master on “Control for Green Mechatronics” (GREEM), within the “Robotics and Control” mention of the French Ministry of Education, promotes a high-quality educational offer in the area of design and control of mechatronic systems with a particular focus on two points: their functional performances and their energetic efficiency. The consideration of the energy efficiency makes the GREEM international master very singular and very innovative and makes it answer a real actual societal matter which is the effect of technological devices to the ecology. After graduation, the students will have mastered the area of green mechatronics where they will be able to design new or re-design existing mechatronic systems, to model and simulate them, to calculate controllers for their automation and their performances improvement, and to setup networks of mechatronic systems, all together with consideration of the energy efficiency. Furthermore, international experience possibility is offered to the students: exchanges with partner universities at the international level are possible with eventual dual-degree, internships at the international level are encouraged, a great part of the courses are given in English, and French language and culture courses are given for non-francophone students.
The master program lasts two years and includes a total of 120 ECTS. The two years are split into four semesters (S7, S8, S9 and S10) which include several features such as: two industrial certifications (Schneider and Siemens), in excess of 50% of the courses given in English, French course offered to non-francophone students, 3-days labs in another city (in Poligny which is a small and original city of the Jura department where winery is also well known), seminars by researchers, research labs visiting, students project in robotics for national competition, possibility of international exchange ...
The global content is given below.
S7 semester (30 ECTS):
S8 semester (30 ECTS):
S9 semester (30 ECTS):
S10 semester (30 ECTS):
The master is also supported by the internationally renown research center FEMTO-ST (http://femto-st.fr/).
Exchanges with international universities (Canada, Mexico, Peru, Qatar...) are possible during the curriculum. Dual-degree of Master is possible with some of the partner universities.
The career prospects of the students are very high because mechatronic systems are found and increasingly developed in a very wide range of applications. The fact that today’s problematic, like energy consumption in technological devices, is particularly tackled in this master will make the graduated students very attractive to industry at the international level. Furthermore, high skills and specialized students will have been educated making them the best candidates for research and PhD programs in the fields of mechatronics at large, of control, of robotics...
The site of training is Besançon, a French old city that combines old stones buildings, French culture, various activities from sports to cultural, and students life. Approximately 10% of the population are students or interns in Besançon city and in its agglomeration. The center of applied languages (CLA, http://cla.univ-fcomte.fr/) which is a part of the university (UFC/UBFC) is one of the most important center for learning languages in France and hosts approximately 4000 interns per year coming from various countries for some days or for several months. Public transportation is very practical and the old-city is doable by walks.
The applicant should have a level of English and a background on “control systems” following the UFC/UBFC criterias. Additionally to these, the motivations and the professional project of the applicant are also examined carefully.
Several applications are possible.
- Entering directly in Master-1 at the UBFC: application is made through eCandidat (https://scolarite.univ-fcomte.fr/ecandidat/).
- Entering in Master-2: this is possible for those who have at least the level of Master-1 and who have very good tracks in the required background.
- Entering through a partner university: students from one of the partner universities who would like to enroll the GREEM master within a dual-degree track can be informed by the contact person at these universities.
For particular cases or for more information about the application, feel free to contact us, [email protected] (Micky Rakotondrabe).
Every year, a very limited number of UBFC scholarships could be offered on the basis of tracks and academic records. Application to such scholarships must be done no latter than the beginning of Master-1.