Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (MEng) full-time
UCAS code: HH36, HH38 (with placement year), H754 (MEng)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Train to be a multi-skilled engineer and cross engineering boundaries in the exciting, multidisciplinary world of Mechatronics.

Our Mechatronics degree will help you develop the skills to work with mechanical, electrical and software engineers, to design reliable and practical solutions from robotics to energy harvesting.

The BEng course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). We also enjoy close links with many high profile companies.

This means you will benefit from regular guest lectures by industrialists and researchers. You will also have the option of completing a work placement in industry to give you valuable experience for your chosen career path. The GradEX graduate exhibition will also allow you to showcase your final Mechatronics project to potential employers from industry.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BEng (Hons) Mechatronics MEng Mechatronics

Professional body accreditation

Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

Your first year will provide a solid grounding in engineering fundamentals and allow you to study modules with students from our specialised engineering degrees.

The second year of your degree will involve studying specialist electronic and mechanical engineering modules, exploring areas such as digital design and embedded software, mechanical and fluid systems and computer-based simulation and control. There will also be the chance to complete an optional industrial placement before your final year.

The third year will let you choose from a good choice of option modules to help tailor your expertise. These include advances in electrical and electronic engineering, electronics, design and testing and workplace modules (For returning placement students only). You’ll also complete a substantial individual Mechatronics project.

Choosing the integrated MEng degree lets you benefit from an additional year of advanced specialist modules at Masters level, together with a multidisciplinary group project and an industrial-based project at Level 6. The integrated MEng degree fully satisfies the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Electrical and Electronic Principles Compulsory
Engineering Applications Compulsory
Mechanical Fundamental Compulsory
Mathematical Foundations for Engineers Compulsory
Professional Engineering Skills Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Electrical and Electronic Principles Compulsory
Instrumentation and Measurement Compulsory
Mechanical Fundamental Compulsory
Mathematical Foundations for Engineers Compulsory
Professional Engineering Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Mechanical and Fluid Systems Compulsory
Engineering Maths with Applications Compulsory
Digital Design and Embedded Software I Compulsory
Advanced Electrical/Electronic Sim. and Control Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Mechanical and Fluid Systems Compulsory
Engineering Maths with Applications Compulsory
Digital Design and Embedded Software I Compulsory
Business, Innovation and Enterprise in Engineering Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Digital Design and Embedded Software II Compulsory
Advanced Engineering Analysis Compulsory
Industrial-based Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Digital Design and Embedded Software II Compulsory
Advanced Engineering Analysis Compulsory
Industrial-based Project Compulsory

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Optical Fibre Communication Systems Compulsory
Digital Electronic Systems Compulsory
Sustainable Design and Manufacture Compulsory
MEng Group Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Embedded Real-Time Systems Compulsory
Industrial Robotics and Control Compulsory
Employability and Entrepreneurship Compulsory
MEng Group Project Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.