Reasons to study Mechatronics BEng (Hons) at De Montfort University (DMU):
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- 100% of our Mechatronics graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
On behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Students who successfully graduate with this degree may, with the appropriate further learning, meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
- Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
CEng accredited by (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer
- Enhance your skills with an integrated master’s
This course can be studied as a three year BEng (Hons) or a four year MEng (Hons) degree, allowing you to continue your study with a number of modules at master’s level in year four, to further develop your skills and enhance your employability
- Experienced academic staff
Help you gain a sound understanding of engineering principles along with personal skills that will enable you to embark on a rewarding career
- Dedicated facilities
Including a large, open plan mechanical engineering laboratory designed to accommodate the study of thermofluids, solid mechanics and dynamics; specialist laboratories in material science, dynamics and control, as well as an Engine Test Cell
- Enhance your practical and professional skills
Join DMU Racing, where our students are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car, which is then tested at the famous Silverstone Circuit
- Get involved in the DMU Electronics Club
Gain experience in further practical electronics, in a structured social and educational club for students from across the faculty. Last year the DMU Electronics Club got a glimpse the edge of space with their bespoke balloon project.
- Work placement opportunities
Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent Engineering placements undertaken at Cummings, Network Rail and Caterpillar.
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.
Mechatronics is the widely recognised term for the integration of mechanical, electronic and intelligent control sub-systems to realise a complete system, which may be a product, machine or process. The multidisciplinary nature of Mechatronics employs design principles, processes, models, toolsets and philosophy unique to Mechatronics Engineers which enable design and development of simpler, more economical and reliable systems.
Mechatronics Engineers are in short supply, who enjoy highly versatile careers due to their multidisciplinary skills.
The course has a unique balance of key analytical subjects and professional skills, ensuring that you graduate with the confidence to face challenging engineering situations in industry. The management skills necessary to operate successfully as a multidisciplinary engineer in modern industry are promoted and developed at all stages of the course.
Structure and assessment
Engineering Maths 1
Mechanical Principles – Statics
Electronic Circuits and Systems
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Maths 2
Mechanical Principles – Dynamics
Design and Manufacture
Electronics CAE and Programming Fundamentals
Embedded Systems I
Instrumentation and Control
Engineering Mathematics 3
Product Design Analysis
Design of Mechanical Elements
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Advanced Embedded Systems
Power Electronics and Generation I
Model Based Systems Integration
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Choose one optional subject from:
Finite Element Analysis and Design
Advanced Power Systems and Green Technologies
Facilities and features
Mechanical Engineering Facilities
The main mechanical laboratory is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.
Engine Test Cell
There is a purpose built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects done in this facility include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.
A new energy laboratory is also available to conduct thermo-fluid experiments relevant to mechanical engineering. The laboratory contains equipment to teach wide range of thermos-fluid applications such as Air-Conditioning, Heat-pumps and various fundamental experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity.
Materials Science Laboratory
The materials laboratory houses a wide range of facilities for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile testing, fatigue testing, wear testing, corrosion testing, hardness testing and impact testing.
Dynamics and Control Laboratory
This is a dedicated laboratory for the study of dynamics and control, equipment in this laboratory allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending etc.
There are many computer laboratories available with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. The primary packages used are CREO and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling. Student will be using these design software from their first year of study.
Electronic Engineering Laboratory
Electrical and Electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.
A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for R.F. engineering.
Opportunities and careers
Multidisciplinary engineers are sought, and expect significantly enhanced job prospects worldwide. The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers on offer. You could go into industries including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy as well as large manufacturing industries and domestic/consumer product industries.
You will have the ability to work in areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.
Recent graduates are now working for companies such as DB Sander.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Students can take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe’s most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car and the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
You can join either the petrol DMU Racing team or the electric team DMU FaStER and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event. These student teams speak to the passion and creativity of the student body providing an unforgettable experience during your study and putting you in good stead for the future.
Students can also take part in Formula Student which is one of Europe’s most established educational engineering competitions organised by Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It includes design, manufacture and testing of a petrol or an electric car. You can join either team and actively participate in building DMU race cars for this event.