Mechatronics BEng (Hons)

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 6 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £4,620 per year of study
Course start September
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  • Engineering Council accredited degree
  • Practical course combining the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Electronics and Control
  • Successful progression from National Certificate or National Diploma onto this award
  • Opportunities for holders of HNC and HND qualifications to top up to Honours degree
  • Accredited by the Institution Of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) full IEng & partial CEng
  • The BEng(Hons) is an Institution of Engineering and Technology accredited degree course (full IEng & partial CEng)

Course outline

On our Mechatronics degree, you'll develop the skills you need to design reliable and practical solutions, helping to facilitate discussions between specialist engineers.

Throughout the course, you'll develop the skills and techniques used by all engineers. To expand the theme of working across boundaries, modules cover electronic, mechanical and control systems.

The course is modular and you can tailor the content towards your own areas of interest - leaning towards a mechanical or electronic theme, depending on your own preference.

During your final year, you will complete a major independent engineering project.- ideally you can base this on something of practical use to your employment

When you finish the course, you could progress into postgraduate education. And you'll have the educational base to apply for professional registration with an appropriate institution, such as IET or  IMechE .


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 300 credits, split equally between your second and sixth year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £4,620 for your first year of study. The fee for each subsequent year, up to and including your sixth year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply each year.*

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Undergraduate Loans:

UK and EU students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree may not have to pay these fees up front. For eligible students a loan is available from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of tuition so you don't have to find the money to pay your tuition costs before or while you are studying. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £25,000 a year.

A loan is also available for part-time students studying at least 25% (30 credits) per year.

However, if you already hold a degree, or another qualification at the same level, you may not qualify for this loan.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply visit apply-for-student-finance.


Repayment (current arrangements):

9% of income over £25,000 per year.

Interest on the loan is charged at up to Retail Price Index** (RPI) +3%

For further information on repayment visit student loan repayment.


* The fees listed are for the 2018/19 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

**RPI – the Retail Price Index is a measure of UK inflation. The UK Government uses the rate of RPI to set the interest rate charged on student loans.


Course content

The award has been designed using a mixture of modules from the mechanical and electronic routes. Level 4 (first year of course) helps you to develop the skills and techniques used by all engineers and which are taught right across our entire engineering programme. Levels 5 and 6 expand the theme of working across boundaries so you will study electronic, mechanical and control systems. To reflect your own particular interests you will be able to tailor your award towards a mechanical or electronic flavour. Level 6 includes a major specialised engineering project. Part time students have the option to select modules that focus on project work from the work place. This can reduce the amount of time that you need to spend in the classroom as well as reduce the length of study.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer:112 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS (or other level 3 qualifications), this must include a pass in A level Mathematics, Physics or Engineering related subject.
BTEC: DMM in an Engineering discipline.
Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


This award is accredited by the IMechE and the IET to full IEng and partial CEng

The BEng(Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC. 

The BEng(Hons) will also automatically meet the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer


Teaching and learning

The part-time route is a degree that is flexible in length and works around students working part-time. Many enter with HNC or HND and our APL system allows previous experience to count towards the degree and, in some cases, to enter directly in to level 5 or 6.

Due to the part-time nature of the course, students and lecturers rely heavily on email and online submission. Student learning opportunities include classroom based and e-learning and involve a broad spectrum of activities appropriate to the learning outcomes and the assessment methods. These activities range from entirely self-managed study, timetabled formal lectures, tutorials, laboratory based work and presentations. Students have opportunities to use and develop theoretical knowledge, computer based models, and to design, implement and test. The transferable skills of presenting, writing, discussing, working with others, and managing one's own time are developed throughout the award. Opportunities are provided in assignments in which presentations, as well as project management techniques, team working, design and written reports, play a part. Final year projects include presentations and interviews at two stages throughout the year. Students also participate in a `Graduate Exhibition' showing their final year project work. This exhibition is attended by people from industry, staff from the University, and parents and friends of the students

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is

Year 1: you'll spend 20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 80% of time in independent study.
Year 2: you'll spend 25% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 75% of time in independent study.
Year 3: you'll spend 20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 80% of time in independent study.
Year 4: you'll spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 78% of time in independent study.
Year 5: you'll spend 12% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 88% of time in independent study.
Year 6: you'll spend 12% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 88% of time in independent study.



Each module in the program is assessed by either a combination or solely by means of assignments, presentations, demonstrations, problem solving exercises, case studies, and written or oral exams. The assessment methods used with the programme are a mixture of formative and summative, and develop students' transferable skills as well as their technical ability. Students' ability to plan, judge, communicate complex issues, solve problems logically, and develop original solutions, in appraising critically the work of others, and in managing their own learning are all significant contributors to determining a students' mark for a module. Assignment work is often developed alongside laboratory sessions where the lecturer is available for help and comment, and the importance of a log book is demonstrated. Peer assessment and teamwork also factor in the assessment methods, giving the students the opportunity for critical appraisal of others at the same level. In addition a student's technical understanding of the context of their work alongside that of others, of the breadth of their subject of study, and of the depth of their specialist area of study, also are key to the assessment process.

A majority of assignments and essays are submitted electronically via `Turnitin' for plagiarism checks. Assessment is anonymously marked by tutors using clear published criteria and sample verification by both internal second marker and external examiner is undertaken to ensure parity of marking standards.

Feedback is provided in a variety of ways including written comments on assignment and cover sheets by the assessor, electronically using the `Blackboard system including visible rubrics and relevant comments on the assignment sections in the places of interest, formally by module tutors reviewing coursework and examination performance in one-to-one student appraisal sessions; and informally by personal tutors discussing areas of improvement.

The range of assessment techniques includes exposure to formal examinations, principally to assess knowledge, understanding, application and closed problem solving.

The balance of assessment depends on the subject area, your choice of option modules and professional body requirements. A typical composition of assessment for this course is: 

Year 1: your assessment will be 53% by written exams and 48% by coursework.
Year 2: your assessment will be 38% by written exams and 62% by coursework.
Year 3: your assessment will be 38% by written exams and 63% by coursework.
Year 4: your assessment will be 19% by written exams and 81% by coursework.
Year 5: your assessment will be 25% by written exams and 75% by coursework.
Year 6: your assessment will be 25% by written exams and 75% by coursework.

Employment opportunities

As a multiskilled engineer, you will have many opportunities. You will have the knowledge and abilities to take on roles where the combining of engineering disciplines is essential. It will also prepare you for further study and provide the educational base to make application for professional registration with an appropriate institution eg IET, I.MechE.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have obtained a range of positions with major employers, such as within the water supply industry at South Staffordshire Water and in the Industrial Control Sector at companies such as Siemens.  Part-time students  have had promotion and/or pay rises as a result of completing their degree.

Programme specification

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