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Mechatronics MSc

Course Description

About the course

This advanced course 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, be able to solve multidisciplinary mechatronics problems and develop the skills to apply a mechatronic approach to the solution of technical problems.

Reasons to Study

• 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.


First semester (September to January)

• Electromechanics
• Mechatronic Systems - Engineering and Design
• Engineering Business Environment and Energy Studies
• Programming and Software Engineering

Second semester (February to May)

• Machine Vision, Robotics and Flexible Automation
• Engineering Systems: Dynamics and Control
• Microprocessor Applications and Digital Signal Processing
• Research Methods

Individual Project (Stage three)

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.

Optional placement
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 and assessment

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials and laboratories. You will be expected to undertake self-directed study.

Contact and learning hours

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.

Academic expertise

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

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

Funding for postgraduate students

Visit the Mechatronics MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Philips Ogun

- Was DMU your first choice? If not, who was your first choice

I applied and gained admission to Newcastle University, Lancaster University and DMU but finally decided to enrol in DMU

- Why did you choose Faculty of Technology at DMU

DMU is one of the few universities offering Mechatronics at MSc level in the UK. The first things that caught my attention were the tuition fees and modules of the course compared to other Universities offering the same course.

- What attracted you to study this particular course/ How I came to start a MSc

Because I have always wanted to integrate my knowledge of Computers, Mechanics and Electronics and Mechatronics was a perfect course to study

- What are my best experiences on the course?

I had a great time during my project. I learnt so many things I have always wanted to know about

- Course Content

All the modules were relevant and well structured. It was my major reason for deciding to enrol in DMU. In my opinion, the content of Mechatronics Business Environment should be reviewed and there should be more of individual assessment than group assessment.

- Faculty facilities

I believe the faculty has good facilities to support learning, project work and research. The technicians in the Mechanical & Electronics lab were fantastic and helped me a lot during my project. The faculty also prides some Engineering software which I found to be invaluable in the course of my study such as Matlab/Simulink, Pro Engineer, Altium Designer etc

- Support

Student support in DMU is great. Everyone cares about you and will be ready to help. I received great support from Lecturers and Course Leaders

- What are the strengths of the course in your view
The course highlights the key element of Mechatronics. Students from different backgrounds come to study Mechatronics. The idea of trying to broaden the knowledge of students before introducing them to the more advanced studies of Mechatronics is helpful to the students.

- How do I see the future
Personally, I am passionate about DMU and the MSc Mechatronics course. I didn’t get anything short of my expectations before joining. I know DMU is one of the leading post 1992 universities and the recent lift in the University ranking shows that the stakeholders are doing great jobs. I am hoping the University will become more popular internationally.

(Student Profile)

Olatunde Banjo

1727.jpg - Why did you choose the Faculty of Technology at DMU?
The reputation of DMU and the availability of my course were the main reasons that attracted me. I was also drawn by the quality of resources available for learning. My motivation to pursue a degree in Mechatronics was to explore the engineering industry and designing and finding solutions to everyday problems. The hybrid nature of the course, being a blend between mechanical and electronics engineering, also gives me a dynamic platform from where I can launch my engineering career.

- What have been your most memorable experiences about studying for the degree?
My colleagues have been absolutely wonderful - there was so much to learn as my classmates were from different cultures across the world. The most memorable experiences on my course were the moments we spent together on projects that seemed absolutely impossible, and then the joy of pulling through that difficulty to the confidence of our results, report writing and presentations was wonderful.

- What do you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoyed the contents of the course and the practical nature of the modules. The hybrid nature of my course also made it interesting, empowering, and relevant in today’s world.

- How do you feel about the facilities and support available to you?
The facilities available are state-of-the-art and effective for learning and research. The DMU staff are unbelievably wonderful, always ready to give a helping hand. You never go a day without the required support, sometimes you feel like they are responsible for your success.

- What do you feel are the benefits of a placement year as part of your course?
It is of great benefit to students and is a great way to apply theoretical knowledge to real life situations. It exposes students to industrial experience and builds a wealth of transferable skills. It has improved my strengths as well as exposed my areas of weakness. I’ve developed a wealth of transferable skills and on-the-job training that has given me an overview of what to expect in the workplace.

- Why do you feel your placement experience will help you in your future employment search?
I feel most employers require some form of experience and I’ve got it. It also gives you a clear understanding of the contrast between studying at university and the practical application of theoretical knowledge, effective team working and making on-the-spot decisions.


Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject such as electrical, electronic, mechanical, computer or software engineering or a physical science discipline. If you don't have formal academic qualifications but have extensive industry experience you will be considered individually.

Last Updated

16 January 2017

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