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