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.
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