2022 JANUARY | MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Mechatronics

Overview

Mechatronics integrates the theory and practice of mechanical, electrical and computer based disciplines, to enable the design, modelling and development of intelligent machines, products and systems.

Mechatronic engineers are in great demand as more industries seek to apply the advances in computers, electronics, sensors, and actuators to improve their products, processes and services. Our course aims to produce dynamic graduates who can operate in industry at the highest level.

Course modules include Mechatronics Systems Engineering and Artificial Intelligence which introduces you to model-based system engineering and the mechatronic philosophies of design, Programming and Software Engineering to develop knowledge of efficient programming approaches to software engineering with an emphasis on practical programming skills and Engineering Business Environment which enable students to understand and reflect upon the role of business in a rapidly changing, globalised world.

Key features

  • Accredited by The  Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), ensuring you will benefit from the highest quality teaching and graduate with a recognised qualification.
  • Mechatronic engineers are in high demand as more industries seek to make advances across a range of disciplines.
  • Access our excellent facilities, including specialised mechanical, electrical and electronic laboratories, as well as spaces dedicated to the manufacture of student designs.
  • Boost your employability with a year-long work placement*, gaining valuable industry experience to enhance your practical and professional skills.
  • Our graduates have forged successful careers in a range of industries including robotics and automation systems, manufacturing, machine vision, automotive, aerospace, material processing, energy and power. They are employed as engineers and project managers for roles in design, research and product development.
  • Benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff, who are part of the school’s Institute of Engineering Sciences, and who are active in cutting-edge research consultation with industry. Our research informs our teaching, ensuring the course is aligned the latest developments in the sector.

Course modules

First semester (September to January)

Mechatronics Systems Engineering and Artificial Intelligence
introduces you to model-based system engineering and the mechatronic philosophies of design. It provides the essential tools and rules for analysis of systems and integrated design concepts and evaluation techniques. The students will also be acquainted with the tools and skill necessary for the design and development of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

Programming and Software Engineering
develops the knowledge of efficient programming approaches to software engineering with an emphasis on the development of practical programming skills. Modular programming in C provides the basis for many signal and image processing software and programming techniques.

Engineering Business Environment
enable students to understand and reflect upon the role of business in a rapidly changing, globalised world. The opportunities and threats for an industrial business arising from environmental policy, legislation and societal change will be identified. The steps a business can take to respond to the environmental challenges ahead; for example, through supply chain management, logistics, life-cycle analysis, green accounting and carbon trading will be explored.

Choose 1 out of  the 3 optional modules:

  1. Advanced Computer Aided Design & Finite Element Analysis – gives students a hands-on insight into the role of computers in the design and manufacturing process. This module will further the students’ knowledge of CAE by looking at how advanced simulation techniques can be used to design and manufacture sustainable engineering components following international standards.
  2. Digital Manufacturing – provides an insight into a variety of digitally controlled manufacturing processes that convert computer models directly into physical objects and the design techniques suitable for digital manufacturing processes.
  3. Electromechanics – provides an insight into the essential theories and applications underpinning electronics, mechanics and mechatronic systems, and introduces the principles, tools and practices of Model-based design and development.

Second semester (February to May)

Study Skills and Research Methods
introduces the fundamentals of research methods in an engineering context. It will prepare you for the individual research project through lectures, seminars and assignments that introduce and develop the concepts, organisational structure and deliverables of a research project. It will cover: understanding the research of others, literature reviewing, research planning, research methods, data interpretation and analysis, research ethics and intellectual property and report writing.

Choose 3 out of the 5 optional modules:

  1. Microprocessor Applications and Digital Signal Processing
    provides knowledge for the application of microprocessor systems, aimed at single-chip embedded solutions as being appropriate to a product-orientated treatment. Also provides the knowledge of DSP algorithms and systems and an understanding of implementation technologies, designs and application areas.
  2. Machine Vision, Robotics and Flexible Automation
    provides both conceptual and detailed knowledge in the areas of robotics, machine vision and flexible automation, and builds upon the fundamental philosophy of mechatronics in the context of flexible automation technologies and applications.
  3. Robotics
    provides the knowledge and skills necessary to research, design, build and operate an industrial robotic system. The concepts and tools for modelling, simulating, and controlling robots will be introduced. Current and future industrial applications of robotic technology, and the use of robots in the manufacturing and service industries, and other field applications will be explored.
  4. Advanced Dynamics and Control
    develops your ability to critically analyse engineering problems involving dynamics and control issues, as well as your modelling and design skills. Control and dynamics are key technologies in the mechatronics design approach. The module is supported by MATLAB tutorials and laboratory experiments concerned with computer control of a typical mechatronic system.
  5. Systems Operations Management
    to enable students to critically understand the role effective operations management has in a success of a firm. In managing manufacturing or service operations several types of decisions are made including operations strategy, product design, process design, quality management, capacity, facilities planning, production planning and inventory control. Operations management is thus about procurement, production, distribution, warehousing, and retailing, with the objective of creating competitive advantage for the enterprise.

Individual Project (June to September)

The Individual Project aims to introduce students to the discipline of a research and development project carried out in a restricted time frame. It will involve planning and organisation; research, design and development; application, analysis, evaluation, and presentation. The project would be in an area relevant to mechatronics, where clear evidence of the ability to solve a real multidisciplinary problem is demonstrated.


Teaching and assessments

There are provisions for a traditional classroom-based delivery, either part-time or full-time, as well as distance learning. Teaching will include formal lectures, tutorials and labs. You will also be expected to undertake independent study and research to support your assignments and dissertation. Assessment will be 100 per cent coursework. It will involve various group and individual methods, including oral exams, projects, presentations, written essays and reports.

Contact and learning hours

The time allocated to study is around 30 hours per week, carried out in block teaching. The taught element of the course lasts for the first two semesters, while the third semester is devoted to the project.


Facilities

Our main mechanical laboratory is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also hosts an area with machine tools for the manufacture of student designs.

Engine test cell

This purpose-built engine testing facility measures engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels, such as biofuels, to test performance and emission characteristics.

Energy  laboratory

Equipped to teach a wide range of thermo-fluid applications including air-conditioning and heat-pumps, this laboratory also enables students to conduct fundamental experiments such as measuring thermal conductivity.

Materials science laboratory

Boasting a range of tools for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment includes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing.

 Dynamics and control laboratory

A laboratory dedicated to the study of gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending and more.

Design Studios

You will also have access to computer laboratories  equipped with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. The primary packages used are CREO and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it’s replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.


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