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.
Massey University leads New Zealand in the areas of mechatronics and robotics. The Master of Engineering Studies (Mechatronics) is part of the most well-established offering of mechatronics within New Zealand and our staff have many years working experience in these areas.
The Master of Engineering Studies (Mechatronics) is unique as an upskilling and staircasing qualification for international candidates looking to enhance their current qualifications. Within a New Zealand context the endorsement is unique due to the connection of Massey University to local and global companies and research opportunities.
Massey University leads New Zealand in the areas of mechatronics and robotics. We have the most well-established offering of mechatronics within New Zealand and our staff have many years working experience in these areas.
You will gain advanced knowledge in research methods, mechatronics, robotics, additive manufacturing and system design and integrations through the taught element of the qualification. You will then have the opportunity to develop these further in a postgraduate project.
As a mechatronics student you will have total access to the Centre for Additive Manufacturing. Within the centre you have access to the latest 3D printing and rapid manufacturing technologies, including testing equipment.
Massey offers a much broader range of courses in this qualification than almost any other similar international offering. You may choose to focus on specific areas such as product development, quality systems or industrial management. Or you can develop your skills across the full spectrum of these areas.
This qualification is focused on real world application, helping you to better understand the commercial environment and how you can utilise research outcomes to make real change or develop new systems, services or products.
In your research project you will work with real companies on the problems they face. This is a real world opportunity to apply your knowledge and further your learning in a commercial environment.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge, expertise, and the critical analytic skills needed to define a problem and develop, test, and validate engineering solutions.
The Master of Engineering Studies is a high-quality programme, combining taught and research courses at a postgraduate level. It is a 120 credit qualification able to be completed in one year full time.
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.
The course provides an academically challenging exposure to modern issues in Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science giving you the opportunity to specialise in Mechatronics. It is suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in advanced mechanical engineering science or to support continued professional development. It offers a sound understanding of the relevant fundamental science, methods, analysis and engineering applications.
This masters course could see you designing robots and building machines with the power to change modern life. Mechatronics is an exciting branch of engineering, uniting the principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering.
This course will feature the expertise and guidance of our cutting-edge Electro-Mechanical Engineering Research Group. You will learn to confidently use advanced electrical systems and understand both the impact and use of control systems, instrumentation and sensors.
The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will have the chance to broaden your engineering education by selecting specialist modules as well as completing core modules. Core modules focus on mechanical engineering, electrical systems and control. Specialist modules include Robotics and Automotive Propulsion.
The final four months will focus on applying research. You will engage in experimental and practical study and apply computer simulations to complete a research project and dissertation.
The course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills to pursue a professional career or further research in mechatronics.
This programme offers a broad range of advanced subjects across the mechanical engineering disciplines. It’s aimed at graduate engineers who wish to pursue a career in industry using advanced engineering techniques, or those who want to gain in-depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.
We emphasise the application of computational methods and packages in mechanical engineering analysis design and manufacture to solve complex engineering problems, but you’ll choose from a wide variety of options that allow you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests or career ambitions. You could gain specialist knowledge in mechatronics and robotics, automotive engineering, tribology, aerospace engineering and many more.
You’ll be taught in world-class facilities by researchers who are making breakthroughs in their fields. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career.
We have an impressive range of world-class facilities to support your studies. In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of material stress analysis.
There’s also a well-equipped workshop with CNC machinery, 3D printing facilities and wire EDM for building parts and extensive lab facilities for solid and fluid dynamics, erosion, corrosion, tribology, combustion, control and dynamics, robotics and optical measurement.
The Masters in Mechatronics is a fusion of mechanical, electrical, electronic and control engineering. Modern industry depends for its success in global markets on its ability to integrate these subjects into both the manufacturing process and innovative products and systems.
*For suitably qualified candidates.
Modes of delivery of the MSc in Mechatronics include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.
You will undertake a project where you will apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting-edge projects relevant to the industry.
Career opportunities include manufacturing production systems; system design and manufacture; product engineering and manufacture.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
Senior Software Engineer at Wipro Technologies.
The Master of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology. An essential element of the mechanical engineering curriculum at KU Leuven is the direct training of each student in a real-life industrial or research setting. Following up on the design assignment in the Bachelor's programme, the Master's programme brings the student in close contact with the industrial reality.
The Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering has three versions:
The programme consists of five modules.
Three generic options
Two application oriented options
The third and fourth components in the programme structure concern a set of elective courses, to be chosen from a list of technical coursesand from a list of general interest courses.
The final component is the Master's thesis, which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.
The Erasmus+ programme gives students the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree at a participating European university. Student exchange agreements are also in place with Japanese and American universities.
Students are also encouraged to learn more about industrial and research internships abroad by contacting our Internship Coordinator. Internships are scheduled in between two course phases of the Master’s programme (in the summer period after the second semester and before the third semester).
These studying abroad opportunities and internships are complemented by the short summer courses offered via the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network. This student organisation allows students to follow short courses in the summer period between the second and the third semester. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and T.I.M.E.
You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Faculty.
The field of mechanical engineering is very wide. Mechanical engineers find employment in many industrial sectors thanks to our broad training programme. Demand for this engineering degree on the labour market is very strong and constant. A study by the Royal Flemish Engineers Association, identifies the specific sectors in which graduated mechanical engineers are employed.