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Mechatronics (MSc)

Course Description

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.


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/

Visit the Mechatronics (MSc) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Fatima Abdullahi Muhammad

3913.jpg I chose my MSc as the combination of programmes related to my subject area were well suited to my needs as a student who has a background in electrical engineering. Also, Bath is one of the leading universities in the UK.

The best things about studying at the University of Bath are the challenges you face; you are encouraged to maximise your potential and do what you thought would never be possible.

The most rewarding part of my programme has been the coursework I have done, you really learn a lot from it.

My final project has been extremely rewarding as I have been exploring a newly emerged imaging technique: fault detection in carbon fibre using magnetic induction tomography imaging. I hope to continue my studies to PhD level.


PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

For the academic year 2016/17 we have 30 bursaries of £6,000 each available for new UK Masters students.We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information



Faculty of Engineering and Design Elite MSc Scholarships - 20+ Awards

- these awards are based on academic excellence

Value of Scholarship(s)



- for full-time study only on any MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering and Design (not distance learning programmes)
- international applicants who have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer for a full-time MSc programme and pay overseas fees are eligible.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information



University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

There are 75 scholarships worth up to £3,000 each in the University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme (UoBISS) See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)



These are for international fee-paying full-time taught post-graduate masters applicants from any country. This scheme includes stand-alone Masters of Research (MRes) programmes.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Maths for all courses except the MSc in Mechatronics. Graduates in Mechanical or Electrical/ Electronic engineering are eligible to apply for our MSc in Mechatronics.

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