Masters degrees in Mechatronics offer advanced study of the application of electronics to mechanical systems, including software and hardware technology.
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research-based MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Electrical Engineering or Mechanics.
Courses in this field are highly interdisciplinary, combining theory and methodology from Mechanics, Electronics, Computer Science and Product Design. Their purpose is to equip you with the skills to optimise and improve the functionality of various products and systems.
Training will typically include computational techniques such as control algorithms, digital modelling and graphic design, as well as software design and development, computer architectures and instrumentation analysis.
Expertise in this field can be applied to the production of a range of industrial and consumer goods. These may include robotics and cybernetics, automotive subsystems, factory equipment, surgical tools, smart and mobile technologies and even planetary exploration rovers.
If academia is of interest to you, your Masters degree would provide an excellent basis for further study at PhD level.