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Mechatronics Engineering is a fast-changing discipline that blends mechanical, electrical and software engineering to develop automation and advanced manufacturing technologies. Read more

Mechatronics Engineering is a fast-changing discipline that blends mechanical, electrical and software engineering to develop automation and advanced manufacturing technologies.

You will develop in-depth technical knowledge across the interdisciplinary domain of automation, which encompasses key components of mechanical and electrical engineering supported by a strong background in computing and software engineering. You will design and create automated solutions with computer control. The course features exposure to industry through site visits, guest lectures and industry based projects. You will have access to world-class facilities, such as a state-of-the-art wind tunnel, alternative fuel engines, rehabilitation and teleoperated robots, motion tracking fluoroscopy, intelligent automotive platforms, service robotics, UAV platforms and intelligent large-scale irrigation and water management systems.

The Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) leads to a formal qualification in mechatronics at the Masters level.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Mechatronic Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]

Mechatronics can lead to a wide variety of interesting careers, such as developing ‘smart’ products and systems in various industries. Job opportunities exist with companies that use advanced automation equipment and computer integrated manufacturing systems, in fields such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, product development, computing and electronics, software systems, mining, renewable energy and biomedical engineering for companies like Bosch, Honeywell, CNC Design, Ford, ResMed, Siemens, BAE Systems and Invetech Australia.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The Master of Engineering is professionally recognised under two major accreditation frameworks — EUR-ACE® and the Washington Accord (through Engineers Australia). Graduates can work as chartered professional engineers throughout Europe, and as professional engineers in the 17 countries of the Washington Accord.



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The MSc in Mechatronics is an integration of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. It has been specifically designed to fulfil the needs of modern industry requiring knowledge in both fields and incorporates a significant input from industry to complement its academic foundations. Read more
The MSc in Mechatronics is an integration of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. It has been specifically designed to fulfil the needs of modern industry requiring knowledge in both fields and incorporates a significant input from industry to complement its academic foundations.

The course specialises in enabling students to produce mechatronic components which increase performance and energy efficiency, as sought after by industries worldwide.

It will not only help prepare you for an exciting career in the industry, but it will also help prepare you to continue your studies onto a Doctor of Philosophy research programme.

Many distinction-level graduates from this programme stay on for a PhD, often funded in part by the University of Bath.

Learning outcomes

By studying for our MSc in Mechatronics you will learn to:

- implement the concepts of mechatronics design principles to the solution of complex multi-physics engineering systems
- apply artificial intelligence and modern control and computer engineering techniques to improve the performance of modern equipments and devices

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/taught-programmes/mechatronics/index.html

Collaborative working

The programme includes traditionally taught subject-specific units and business and group-orientated modular work. These offer you the chance to gain experience in design, project management and creativity, while working with students from other subjects.

You will complete your MSc through an individual research project under the supervision of two supervisors; one from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (http://www.bath.ac.uk/elec-eng/) and one from Mechanical Engineering (http://www.bath.ac.uk/mech-eng/), assigned to one of our leading research centres (http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/research/index.html).

- Group project work
In semester 2 you undertake a cross-disciplinary group activity for your professional development, simulating a typical industrial work situation.

- Individual project work
In the final semester, you undertake an individual research project directly related to key current research at the University, often commissioned by industry.

Structure

See programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/me/me-proglist-pg.html#H) for more detail on individual units.

Semester 1 (October-January):
The first semester covers the fundamental principles of computational artificial intelligence, integrated engineering control techniques and mechatronic systems modelling and simulation.

- Five taught units
- Includes coursework involving laboratory or small project sessions
- Typically each unit consists of 22 hours of lectures, may involve a number of hours of tutorials/exercises and laboratory activity and approximately 70 hours of private study (report writing, laboratory results processing and revision for examinations)

Further advanced options will give you an in depth knowledge of how electrical and mechanical engineering can be integrated to effect state of the art technologies.

Semester 2 (February-May):
In Semester 2 you will study both technical specialist units and project-based units. You will develop your professional understanding of engineering in a research and design context. You will gain analytical and team working skills to enable you to deal with the open-ended tasks that typically arise in practice in present-day engineering.

- The semester aims to develop your professional understanding of engineering in a business environment and is taught by academic staff with extensive experience in industry
- Group projects in which students work in a multi-disciplinary team to solve a conceptual structural engineering design problem, just as an industrial design team would operate
- Individual project preliminary work and engineering project management units

Summer/Dissertation Period (June-September):
- Individual project leading to MSc dissertation, done under the supervision of two supervisors, one from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering and one from Mechanical Engineering

- Depending on the chosen area of interest, the individual project may involve theoretical and/or experimental activities; for both such activities students can use the department computer suites and well-equipped and newly refurbished laboratories for experimental work. The individual projects are generally carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. A number of industrially-based projects are available to students

- Examples of typical projects include the design and control of autonomous robots; undersea tidal wave power generators; and the design and control of high speed mechanisms.

Subjects covered

- Computational intelligence
- Control engineering
- Engineering systems simulation
- Power systems control
- Professional skills for engineering practice
- Signals & information

Career Options

Graduates with knowledge and training in both electrical and mechanical engineering are very much in demand in aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries.

More and more of the hydraulic and mechanical aspects of these industries are being replaced by mechatronics components to reduce weight and increase performance and energy efficiency.

The career opportunities in the UK and worldwide are very significant. Jobs our recent graduates have secured include:

Product Research Development Engineer, KTP Associate, University of Bath, UK
Project Manager, Guandong Best Control Technology, PR China
Software Engineer, DIAGNOS, UK
Engineer, MAN Diesel & Turbo, USA

About the department

Bath has a strong tradition of achievement in mechanical engineering research and education.

We are proud of our research record: 89% of our research was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, placing us 10th in the UK for our submission to the Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering.

We offer taught MSc students the chance to carry out projects within outstanding research groupings.

Our research impact is wide and we are dedicated to working with industry to find innovative solutions to problems that affect all areas of society.

We are consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 mechanical engineering departments in the annual league tables.

We believe in producing leaders, not just engineers.

We will give you the edge over your competitors by teaching you how technology fits into commercial settings. You will not only have access to cutting edge science and technology, we will also provide you with the skills you need to manage a workforce in demanding business environments.

For further information visit our departmental website (http://www.bath.ac.uk/mech-eng/pgt/).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/

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This programme has been designed to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market by providing the skills and abilities to contribute to the availability of well-designed products, process and systems. Read more
This programme has been designed to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market by providing the skills and abilities to contribute to the availability of well-designed products, process and systems.

As a broad-based Mechanical Engineering degree this programme provides a wide variety of career options in the engineering sector.

Core study areas include experimental mechanics, simulation of advanced materials and processes structural analysis, computer aided engineering, engineering design methods, sustainable development: the engineering context, the innovation process and project management, thermofluids and a project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/mechanical-engineering/

Programme modules

- Experimental Mechanics
This module introduces the following elements: experimental techniques for analysis and characterisation of various engineering materials and full-field, non-contact optical methods for deformation and strain measurements. Students will learn to identify the most appropriate experimental techniques for evaluating material response in a specific setting and for different types of materials.

- Simulation of Advanced Materials and Processes
The objective of this module is to introduce students to the concepts in numerical simulation of advanced materials and processes. To enable students to gain theoretical and practical experience in simulating mechanical behaviour of advanced materials and modelling processes related to these materials using finite element modelling techniques.

- Structural Analysis
Students will gain an understanding of modern concepts of structural analysis. They will gain practical experience in analyses of structures using finite-element modelling and understand the need for structural analysis in design.

- Computer Aided Engineering
Students will learn how to evaluate, choose and implement CAE systems. Students will learn to select and apply appropriate computer based methods and systems for modelling engineering products; analysing engineering problems; and assisting in the product design process.

- Engineering Design Methods
The aims of this module are to provide students with a working understanding of some of the main methods which may be employed in the design of products and systems. Students will learn to identify appropriate methods and techniques for use at different times and situations within a project.

- Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context
The objective of this module are to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable development and to provide them with an understanding of how engineers can help manufacturing businesses develop into more sustainable enterprises.

- The Innovation Process and Project Management
This module allows students to gain a clear overview of the innovation process and an understanding of the essential elements within it. Students will learn strategies for planning and carrying out innovative projects in any field.

- Thermofluids
In this module students study the fundamentals of combustion processes and understand key aspects relating to performance and emissions. Students develop knowledge and skills required by engineers entering industries involved in the design and use of combustion equipment.

- Project
In addition to the taught modules, all students undertake an individual major project. Part-time students normally undertake a major project that is based on the needs of their employing company.

How you will learn

You will learn through a carefully balanced combination of lectures, in-class guided workshops, hands-on computer modelling and independent research.

The programme consists of eight, week-long, taught lecture modules plus project work. Each taught module is self-contained and covers a complete target. This programme is available in both full-time and part-time forms. Full-time students commence their studies on the first Monday in October for a period of 12 months. Part-time students may commence their registration at any time between October and the following March, and take 3 years (typical) to complete the programme.

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:
- Plan and monitor multi-disciplinary projects;
- appreciate the central role of design within engineering;
- demonstrate competence in using computer based engineering techniques;
- analyse and understand complex engineering problems; and
- use team working skills and communicate effectively at an advanced technical level.

Facilities

As a student within the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering you will have access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment. Our computer labs are open 24/7 and use some of the latest industry standard software including STAR-CCM and CAD.

We have high-tech laboratories devoted to:
- Dynamics and control
- Electronics
- Fluid mechanics
- Materials
- Mechatronics
- Metrology
- Optical engineering
- Structural integrity
- Thermodynamics

Careers and further study

The programme will allow students to acquire the technical and transferable skills required to succeed in a career in industry or academic research. Graduates may also study for an MPhil or PhD with the School.

Scholarships

The University offers over 100 scholarships each year to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a country outside the European Union. These scholarships are to the value of 25% of the programme tuition fee and that value will be credited to the student’s tuition fee account.
You can apply for a scholarship once you have received an offer for a place on this programme.

Why Choose Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough?

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is a leader in technological research and innovation, with extensive national and international industrial links, and a long standing tradition of excellent teaching.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee, comprising of engineers at senior levels in the profession, ensures that our programmes contain the optimal balance of subjects and industrial relevance, with our programmes accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Engineering Designers.

- Facilities
The School has laboratories devoted to disciplines such as; dynamics and control, automation, fluid mechanics, healthcare engineering, internal combustion engines, materials, mechatronics, metrology, optical engineering, additive manufacturing, sports engineering, structural integrity and thermodynamics.

- Research
The School has a busy, multi-national community of well over 150 postgraduate research students who form an important part of our internationally recognised research activities.
We have seven key research centres (Electronics Manufacture, Intelligent Automation, Regenerative Medicine Embedded Intelligence, High Efficiency SCR for Low Emission Vehicles and High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre) and we are a lead governing partner in the newly formed UK Manufacturing Technology Centre.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Our graduates go on to work with companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, Ford, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Millbrook Proving Ground, Rolls Royce and Tata Steel.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/mechanical-engineering/

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This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechatronics) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechatronics emphasis. Read more

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechatronics) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechatronics emphasis. Completing this double award course successfully should increase your employability, as well as your suitability for further research or training options.

What you will study

Almost every business or organisation uses some sort of system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently, or it might ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensuring systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path, and this course is a great opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. We’re here to help you further specialise your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe, and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

Course Highlights:

  • This programme is a collaboration between the University of Bolton and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It allows you to spend one of your three semesters of study in Germany and receive two awards, one from each University.
  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies apply in the design of mechatronics-based equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing for use in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in the design and control of automated machinery.
  • We’ll work to help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.

Key Features:

  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechanical or Electronics Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • For this three semester programme, you’ll normally study semester 1 at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Soest, Germany and semester 2 at the University of Bolton, UK. The third semester, which is largely devoted to project work, is normally undertaken at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechatronics) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechatronics emphasis. Read more

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechatronics) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechatronics emphasis. Completing this double award course successfully should increase your employability, as well as your suitability for further research or training options.

What you will study

Almost every business or organisation uses some sort of system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently, or it might ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensuring systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path, and this course is a great opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. We’re here to help you further specialise your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe, and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

Course Highlights:

  • This programme is a collaboration between the University of Bolton and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It allows you to spend one of your three semesters of study in Germany and receive two awards, one from each University.
  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies apply in the design of mechatronics-based equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing for use in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in the design and control of automated machinery.
  • We’ll work to help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.

Key Features:

  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechanical or Electronics Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • For this three semester programme, you’ll normally study semester 1 the University of Bolton, UK and semester 2 at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Soest, Germany. The third semester, which is largely devoted to project work, is normally undertaken the University of Bolton.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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This programme aims to give students professional knowledge and skills for a successful career in the future that are orientated to engineering technologies… Read more

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.

Key features

  • The programme offers a unique opportunity to acquire integrated knowledge and skills in electrical/electronics and mechanical engineering along with deep ICT knowledge by the courses from the faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Power Engineering
  • Strong orientation towards facilitating the development of business and entrepreneurial skills, supported by strong practical course projects
  • The programme conforms to internationally recognized professional mechatronics engineering qualification standards
  • Double Degree option in MSc Mechatronics in collaboration with ITMO University St. Petersburg http://en.ifmo.ru/
  • Semester or internship abroad in world leading universities by support of Erasmus+ programme
  • Scholarships available for the best students

Curriculum

Structure of curriculum

Future career options

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.



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Gain access to our advanced facilities and establish contact with world-class experts. Join us to innovate, improve and push forward the frontiers of knowledge. Read more

Gain access to our advanced facilities and establish contact with world-class experts. Join us to innovate, improve and push forward the frontiers of knowledge. This research programme allows you to choose from a variety of specialisations and contribute to your preferred field, allowing the potential to apply your in-depth expertise to further study.

The ME is structured to help you develop a sense of independence and confidence in your ability to think critically and conduct fundamental or applied research. Regardless of your specialisation, you will engage with a stimulating mix of theory and analysis, setting you apart in your pursuit of higher-level opportunities.

Programme structure

  • You may pursue either a 120 point or 180 point ME in one of our approved specialisations. This is generally dependent on your prior study. Both options require the completion of a 120 point research thesis.
  • Your thesis topic, which will involve discussions with your supervisor, is determined by your chosen specialisation.
  • The 180 point ME is intended for students with a relevant three-year bachelors degree, such as engineering, science or architecture. This requires the selection of an additional 60 points of courses from a list of taught classes relevant to your chosen research specialisation.

Subjects available in this programme

Where could this programme take you?

An engineering masters degree confirms your ability to investigate an important issue with research expertise, work with initiative, make sound judgements, draw conclusions and write a thesis to explain your arguments. These are extremely marketable qualities that can be used to widen your career options and general employability, both immediately after you finish your masters, and later on in your career.

Further study options



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This programme enables students to work effectively in an engineering design role, whether that role concerns the design of products, processes or systems, at an overall or detail level. Read more
This programme enables students to work effectively in an engineering design role, whether that role concerns the design of products, processes or systems, at an overall or detail level. A balance of theory and practice is applied to the solving of real engineering design problems. All projects meet the product design requirements of one of our many co-operating companies.

Core study areas include structural analysis, engineering management and business studies, computer aided engineering, product design and human factors, engineering design methods, sustainable product design, the innovation process and project management, sustainable development: the engineering context and a project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/engineering-design/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
- Structural Analysis
- Engineering Management and Business Studies
- Computer Aided Engineering
- Product Design and Human Factors
- Engineering Design Methods
- Sustainable Product Design
- The Innovation Process and Project Management
- Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context
- Project

Careers and further study

Engineering design related jobs in product, process and system design environments, providing project management and communication skills and direct technical input. Graduates may also study for an MPhil or PhD with the School.

Why Choose Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough?

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is a leader in technological research and innovation, with extensive national and international industrial links, and a long standing tradition of excellent teaching.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee, comprising of engineers at senior levels in the profession, ensures that our programmes contain the optimal balance of subjects and industrial relevance, with our programmes accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Engineering Designers.

- Facilities
The School has laboratories devoted to disciplines such as; dynamics and control, automation, fluid mechanics, healthcare engineering, internal combustion engines, materials, mechatronics, metrology, optical engineering, additive manufacturing, sports engineering, structural integrity and thermodynamics.

- Research
The School has a busy, multi-national community of well over 150 postgraduate research students who form an important part of our internationally recognised research activities.
We have seven key research centres (Electronics Manufacture, Intelligent Automation, Regenerative Medicine Embedded Intelligence, High Efficiency SCR for Low Emission Vehicles and High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre) and we are a lead governing partner in the newly formed UK Manufacturing Technology Centre.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Our graduates go on to work with companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, Ford, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Millbrook Proving Ground, Rolls Royce and Tata Steel.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/engineering-design/

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Mechatronics is a modern fusion of electrical and electronic, mechanical and software engineering.  . The interface between electrical and mechanical environments is the role of a Mechatronics engineer. Read more

Mechatronics is a modern fusion of electrical and electronic, mechanical and software engineering.

 

The interface between electrical and mechanical environments is the role of a Mechatronics engineer. It combines precision engineering, automatic control and real-time computing to produce innovative products, such as smartphones, the manufacture of semiconductors, electron microscopes and medical equipment. Robotic manufacturing processes, automatic vision based and vehicle navigation systems also use Mechatronics principles.

There is increasing industry demand for graduates who can work in this interdisciplinary engineering environment. International companies such as Siemens, Volkswagen, and Micron Semiconductors etc. all recruit graduates with a Mechatronics profile.

To develop Mechatronics graduate skills, the programme covers design and modelling of electromechanical systems such as positioning of robotic arms, pick and place technology using vision, recognition and feedback sensing.

The programme also includes real time control system modelling and embedded systems design, development and implementation. Programming includes both high and low level languages such as Python, C or C++, and VHDL for FPGA applications.

Key Course Features

  • There is increasing industry demand for graduates who can work in this interdisciplinary engineering environment. International companies such as Siemens, Volkswagen, and Micron Semiconductors etc all recruit graduates with a Mechatronics profile.

What Will You Study?

FULL-TIME MODE (SEPTEMER INTAKE)

The taught element, Part One, of the programmes will be delivered in two 12 week trimesters and each trimester has a loading of 60 credits.The six taught modules will have lectures and tutorials/practical work on a weekly basis. The expected timetable per module will be a total of 200 hours, which includes 40 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours and 160 independent study hours.

Part Two will then take a further 15 weeks having a notional study time of 600 hours. During this time the student will be responsible for managing his/her time in consultation with an academic supervisor.

FULL-TIME MODE (JANUARY INTAKE)

The taught element, Part One, of the programmes will be delivered in two 12 week trimesters and each trimester has a loading of 60 credits.

You will cover six taught modules which include lectures, tutorials and practical work on a weekly basis. The expected timetable per module will be a total of 200 hours, which includes 40 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours and 160 independent study hours.

Part Two will then take a further 15 weeks having a notional study time of 600 hours. During this time the student will be responsible for managing his/her time in consultation with an academic supervisor.

FULL-TIME MODE (JANUARY INTAKE)

For the January intake, students will study the three specialist modules first during the second trimester from January to May. The three core modules will be studied in the first trimester of the next academic year from September to January.

On successful completion of the taught element of the programme the students will progress to Part Two, MSc dissertation to be submitted in April/May.

PART-TIME MODE

The taught element, part one, of the programmes will be delivered over two academic teaching years. 80 credits or equivalent worth of modules will be delivered in the first year and 40 credits or equivalent in the second year. The part time students would join the full time delivery with lectures and tutorials/practical work during one day on a weekly basis.

The dissertation element will start in trimester 2 taking a further 30 weeks having a total notional study time of 600 hours. During this time the student will be responsible for managing his/her time in consultation with an academic supervisor.

AREAS OF STUDY INCLUDE:

  • Engineering Research Methods
  • Sustainable Design & Innovation
  • Engineering Systems Modelling & Simulation
  • Control Systems Engineering
  • Mechatronic System Design
  • Microprocessor System Integration
  • Dissertation

 The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

You will be assessed throughout your course through a variety of methods including portfolios, presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research. Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through guided study or feedbacks given to students.

Career Prospects

The course equips you with a thorough knowledge and skills in engineering at the forefront of new and emerging technologies. Graduates will be well placed to become subject specialists within industry or to pursue research careers within academia.



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The course provides an academically challenging exposure to modern issues in Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science giving you the opportunity to specialise in Mechatronics. Read more

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.

Introducing your degree

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.

Overview

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.

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This MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with an electronics emphasis. Read more

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with an electronics emphasis. Completing the course successfully should increase your employability, as well as your suitability for further research or training options.

What you will study

Almost every business or organisation uses some sort of system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently, or it might ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensuring systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path, and this course is a great opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. We’re here to help you further specialise your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe, and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

Course Highlights:

  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies apply in the design of electronics-based equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing for use in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in the design and control of automated machinery.
  • We’ll work to help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.

Key Features:

  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechatronics or Mechanical Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • This course is based at the University of Bolton’s campus in the North West of England.
  • It’s part of a well-established suite of Master’s programmes in Systems Engineering and Management that offers opportunities for study in Germany and dual award options.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechanical engineering emphasis. Read more

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechanical engineering emphasis. Completing this double award course successfully should increase your employability, as well as your suitability for further research or training options.

What you will study

Almost every business or organisation uses some sort of system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently, or it might ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensuring systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path, and this course is a great opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. We’re here to help you further specialise your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe, and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

Course Highlights:

  • This programme is a collaboration between the University of Bolton and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It allows you to spend one of your three semesters of study in Germany and receive two awards, one from each University.
  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies apply in the design of mechanical equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing for use in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in the design and control of automated machinery.
  • We’ll work to help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.

Key Features:

  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechatronics or Electronics Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • For this three semester programme, you’ll normally study semester 1 the University of Bolton, UK and semester 2 at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Soest, Germany. The third semester, which is largely devoted to project work, is normally undertaken the University of Bolton.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechanical engineering emphasis. Read more

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with a mechanical engineering emphasis. Completing this double award course successfully should increase your employability, as well as your suitability for further research or training options.

What you will study

Almost every business or organisation uses some sort of system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently, or it might ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensuring systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path, and this course is a great opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. We’re here to help you further specialise your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe, and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

Course Highlights:

  • This programme is a collaboration between the University of Bolton and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It allows you to spend one of your three semesters of study in Germany and receive two awards, one from each University.
  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies apply in the design of mechanical equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing for use in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in the design and control of automated machinery.
  • We’ll work to help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.

Key Features:

  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechatronics or Electronics Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • For this three semester programme, you’ll normally study semester 1 at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Soest, Germany and semester 2 at the University of Bolton, UK. The third semester, which is largely devoted to project work, is normally undertaken at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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What's the Master of Mechanical Engineering all about? . The Master of Science in Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology. Read more

What's the Master of Mechanical Engineering all about? 

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.

Structure 

Three versions

The Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering has three versions:

  • A Dutch-language version for students who have already obtained a Master's degree of Engineering Technology: Electromechanical Engineering
  • A Dutch-language version for students who have completed their Bachelor's training at our Faculty or at another university with Mechanical Engineering either as a major or as minor.
  • An English-language version which mainly addresses foreign students, and to which admission is granted after evaluation of the application file.

Five modules 

The programme consists of five modules.

  • The first major component is the core module in mechanical engineering.
  • The second major component is one out of five options, which have been put together in a complementary way.

Three generic options 

  • Manufacturing and Management: modern techniques for the design and production of discrete components, CAD and computer integration in production, management techniques, maintenance and logistics of a production company.
  • Mechatronics and Robotics: mechatronics is the discipline in which the synergy of construction, sensing, actuation and control of machinery are concurrently defined and tuned for optimum integration
  • Thermo-technical Sciences: physical principles and analysis, design, construction and operation of combustion engines and thermal and flow machines, cooling machines, power plants, etc.

Two application oriented options

  • Aerospace technology: physical principles, analysis, design, construction, exploitation and operation of aircraft and space systems;
  • Vehicle technology: physical principles, design, analysis and production of cars and ground vehicles and of systems for ground transportation.

Elective courses 

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.

Master's thesis

The final component is the Master's thesis, which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum.

Strengths

  • The department has a large experimental research laboratory with advanced equipment, to which Master's students have access. FabLab (a "Fabrication Laboratory") is also directly accessible for students.
  • The department has built up an extensive network of companies which recruit a large number of our alumni since many years already, from whom we receive lots of informal feedback on the programme.
  • In addition to their academic teaching and research assignments, several members of the teaching staff also have other responsibilities in advisory boards, in external companies, science & technology committees, etc. and they share that expertise with students.
  • The programme attracts a large number of students.
  • The programme offers students the choice between application oriented options and generic methodology oriented options.
  • Many courses are dealing with contents in which the R&D of the Department has created spin-off companies, and hence can offer very relevant and innovation driven contents.
  • The programme has a clearly structured, extensive and transparent evaluation procedure for Master's theses, involving several complementary assessment views on every single thesis.
  • Several courses are closely linked to top-level research of the lecturers, and they can hence offer up-to-date and advanced contents to the students.

International experience

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

Career perspectives

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.

  • mechanical engineering: e.g. production machinery, compressed air systems, agricultural machinery
  • metal and non-metal products: a very wide range of products e.g. pressure vessels, piping, suit cases,...
  • off-shore and maritime engineering
  • automation industry
  • vehicle components, such as exhaust systems, drivetrain components and windshield wipers,...
  • development and production of bicycles
  • aircraft components, such as high lift devices, aircraft engines and cockpit display systems
  • building, textile, plastic, paper sector
  • electrical industry
  • chemical industry
  • environmental engineering and waste management
  • energy sector
  • financial, banking and insurance sector
  • communications sector
  • transportation sector: infrastructure and exploitation and maintenance of rolling stock
  • software development and vendors
  • technical and management consulting: large companies and small offices
  • education and research
  • technical and management functions in the public sector


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This MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with an electronics emphasis. Read more

This MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) and Engineering Management is an excellent opportunity to consolidate and advance your skills and knowledge in systems engineering, with an electronics emphasis. Completing this double award course successfully should increase your employability, as well as your suitability for further research or training options.

What you will study

Almost every business or organisation uses some sort of system to keep things working efficiently and productively. This system might keep information moving securely and efficiently, or it might ensure product distribution or service availability. A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. So, you’ll need a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensuring systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in user-friendly fashion.

That might sound like a tall order, but it’s a hugely rewarding career path, and this course is a great opportunity for you to develop a unique blend of practical engineering and management-orientated learning. We’re here to help you further specialise your systems engineering knowledge and skills, and completing this course successfully should make you highly employable in a range of sectors and settings.

The course meets professional institution standards in the UK and Europe, and addresses a range of contemporary issues in engineering and engineering management. If you’re looking to take a systems-based approach to engineering management, this course is could be ideal.

Course Highlights:

  • This programme is a collaboration between the University of Bolton and South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It allows you to spend one of your three semesters of study in the UK and receive two awards, one from each University.
  • We’ll support you as you develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of how advanced engineering concepts and design methodologies apply in the design of electronics-based equipment.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop a mastery of digital signal processing for use in control applications.
  • You’ll have the chance to explore advanced artificial intelligence techniques used in the design and control of automated machinery.
  • We’ll work to help you develop a detailed understanding of how ‘total quality management’ applies to design, manufacture and project management.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the commercial side of project management, including contract negotiation, stakeholder management, quotations, procurement and a range of other financial and legal matters.

Key Features:

  • The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and Europe.
  • We’ll encourage you to undertake a work placement and/or an industry-based project.
  • You can also choose from two alternative pathways: Mechatronics or Mechanical Systems Engineering.
  • You can select common systems modules, whichever pathway you take.
  • For this three semester programme, you’ll normally study semester 1 at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Soest, Germany and semester 2 at the University of Bolton, UK. The third semester, which is largely devoted to project work, is normally undertaken at South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences.

To find out more information, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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